Movie: Halloween (1978)
Director: John Carpenter
...Who Went On To Make: Escape From New York, In The Mouth Of Madness, and maybe the one scary movie I've been most dying to find on cable but haven't, The Thing.
First Impressions: Still the best of the genre -- after a week of watching these movies, I'm more sure of that than ever. Even now, after countless repeat viewings and decades worth of desensitization, it still manages to be pretty damn scary. Carpenter makes expert use of everything, from motion to dark corners, to the music -- by God, the music. After a week's worth of bad synth scores and weird zappy laser sounds, Carpenter's minimalist score -- alternating from plink-plink-plink-plink-plink terror to the more foreboding dun...dun-dun lower chords -- is both blood-chilling and refreshing. Also, allow me to metaphorically pour one out for Donald Pleasance and his "take a bite out of life...and some scenery" performance.
Notable Edits: You know, for as scary as it is, there isn't any gore, so the only edits are of the occasional muted-language or blurred-boobs variety. It's not all that obtrusive.
Scary Or Funny? Scary. Still.
Best Killing? This movie still boasts the most satisfying "horny teens screw, then die" scenario ever -- that annoying-ass Lynda and her fugly boyfriend couldn't get slaughtered fast enough.
Future Airings: Wednesday 10 AM, Thursday 2 AM (AMC)
Previously: Evil Dead II, Pet Sematary 2, Hellraiser, The Howling, The Frighteners, Urban Legend, Hostel, Children of the Corn