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Halloween / Hallowe'en

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  Halloween  / Hallowe'en Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
7.07 /10
Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis , P. J. Soles
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Directed by: John Carpenter
Written by: John Carpenter, Debra Hill

Released: 1978
Origin: US
Length: 91

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“After a promising opening, Halloween becomes just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser.”
“John Carpenter... has a visual sense of menace, but he isn’t very gifted with actors, and he doesn’t seem to have any feeling at all for motivation or for plot logic. An escaped lunatic wielding a kitchen knife stalks people in a small Midwestern town, and that’s about it. There’s no indication of why he selects any particular target; he’s the bogeyman — pure evil — and he wants to kill. The film is largely just a matter of the camera tracking subjectively, from the mad killer’s point of view, leading you to expect something awful to happen. But the camera also tracks subjectively when he isn’t around at all; in fact, there’s so much subjective tracking you begin to think everybody in the movie has his own camera. ”
(Pauline Kael)
“It’s regrettable that even this film - like its many inferior imitators - thrives upon the deaths of sexually promiscuous, half-dressed young women.”
(Danny Peary)

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