Here we are at another Ghoulish night, I replaced my outside light for the little trick or treaters, only a week away. Maybe I should have let them come in the dark. Anyway my favorite Halloween movie of all time is on the AMC channel tonight. Halloween, not the new one, but the original with Jamie Lee Curtis. It for me is the most scary movie.
Who can forget that opening music with the light sound followed by the low dark haunting music. Whenever it comes on, it is a tingle that runs down my back. This was a time when walking home from school was safe, or at least we thought it was. This movie once and for all reminded me you never know who lurks behind bushes, even Michael Myers.
All Hallows Eve is a holiday celebrated around the world, and to those who celebrate it, it has evolved in to a night of children trick or treating for candy in costumes. It is also the night the veil between here and the other side is at its thickest and ghouls walk the night.
When the original Halloween came out in 1978, it was a low budget slasher movie from John Carpenter. It was Jamie Lee Curtis’ breakout role. No a stranger to thriller films, her mother Janet Leigh was famous as the blond stab victim Marion Crane of Psycho’s Anthony Perkins. Donald Pleasance plays Dr. Sam Loomis, the psychiatrist in the film.
Michael Myers is 6 when he stabs his sister to death and is hospitalized in the mental institution in Haddonfield, Illinois. Michael (Tony Moran) escapes the mental institution years later right before Halloween. What are the odds of that? It was the first of the slasher films to come, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Halloween it’s self had a few sequels. Even hacking up Laurie’s friends across the street was pretty racy for the time, and quite tame these days. However, Michael brought the message I never forgot, “the boogeyman never dies”. When you look beneath the clothes line on the grass where Laurie was just pushed Michael, and see nothing, and hear that music. You know it is true. The fear you feel from this film is the fear of what is in the dark, just out of sight. It is stronger, than most of the violence that followed after.