Happy Halloween everyone!! I hope everyone has a great and fun one whether you’re going out or staying in watching movies. So many options. Though I do have one I always watch. Hence, the last post for the Halloween Horror Movie Challenge.
Day Twenty-Five – What is a horror movie you watch every Halloween?
HALLOWEEN (1978) d: John Carpenter
This one may be on the nose and even obvious but it is my yearly tradition. Every Halloween for the last 14 years (sporadic before that but almost for even ten years prior to that) I watch John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN. I always end the night with it. So I start watching it between 11pm and midnight so it rings out the holiday for me. For the record there was one year in the last 14 that I didn’t watch it but only because I got to see it on the big screen in 35mm a week prior and I didn’t want to take anything away from that so I watched HALLOWEEN II. That is sort of a gray area one but I tend to think it still counts. I mean I saw it on the big screen. In a 35mm print. Plus, at my favorite theatre.
I just love this film because in so many ways it is simple and it works since there isn’t so much weighing it down. It then relies on mood and atmosphere. Considering it was shot in the summer in California using recycled leaves they kept collecting in a trash bag to reuse to make it seem like a midwestern suburb in the fall it feels like Halloween which is why this is so amazing. It works as does so much in the film. Not only the iconic blank white mask wearing Michael Myers but John Carpenter’s incredible score which might be the best, or at least most memorable, horror movie theme ever done. How many horror fans like myself get some sort of goosebumps everytime you hear the theme.
It’s always fun having Halloween traditions. Not sure if I will always be able to keep it but if I can I will. Afterall, Halloween doesn’t feel complete to me unless I can watch the classic HALLOWEEN.
The ultimate horror movie theme, here is the main theme by John Carpenter.