Robert Lockaby Staff Writer
On Oct. 25, 2018, the classic horror movie “Halloween” will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Originally created by legendary film director John Carpenter, the film helped transcend the slasher film genre originally created by Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Psycho” and spawned many sequels and the first remake in 2007. The film also influenced many horror films to come in the following decades like, “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
In the original film, the story begins on 1963 when six year-old Michael Myers brutally assassinates his 17 year-old sister, Judith. Fifteen years later on Oct. 30th, Michael breaks out of the mental asylum he was institutionalized to and goes back to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, to find his next victims. Dr. Samuel Loomis, his doctor in the asylum, and Laurie, a teenager that becomes his new target, take the challenge of stopping Michael Myers from killing anyone else.
“Halloween” was Carpenter’s fourth film ever and he went as far as to compose the music, including the iconic piano melody that plays throughout the original and the franchise that comprises no more and no less than seven films. The melody is so popular and such a classic that you are probably playing it in your head right now. Carpenter originally wanted to make a horror film as impactful and influencing in the horror genre as “The Exorcist,” and boy, did he achieve his goal.
While in college, Carpenter visited a mental institute in which he met a schizophrenic patient with a blank expression on his face—from there came the inspiration for Michael Myers. Co-writer Debra Hill also used her experiences as a babysitter when she was a teenager to create the dialogue of the female characters in the movie.
Halloween was one of the first films in the slasher genre to make women into heroines instead of victims, like they have often been portrayed in the film industry. However, the film, along with other slasher films in the years to come, have been criticized by feminists for degrading women for cheap pornography and then killing them off because of it. Nonetheless, there has still been more praise towards making heroines out of the female characters instead of sexualizing them.
The film also touches on the dangers of suburban life and how much a person should trust their neighbor. It tends to mock the fact that people claim that suburban neighborhoods help to keep kids away from the dangers of the cities when there is really just as much danger in their neighborhoods. The original “Halloween” had gone down as one of the greatest horror films of all time, fulfilling Carpenter’s wishes.
The American public is certainly excited for the new installment in the “Halloween” film franchise coming out on Oct.19, 2018. It will be 40 years since Laurie Strode survived the attacks from Michael Myers. After being locked up in a mental facility once again, Myers managed to escape after his bus transfer crashed. Laurie faces another terrifying encounter against him, but as she says on the trailer, “I have prayed every night that he would escape… so I could kill him.” This time Laurie is ready for him.
The film was directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride, and Jeff Fradley with John Carpenter helping with the score. The public hopes this new “Halloween” movie will wipe the late clean after decades of disappointing sequels.