Director: John Carpenter
Main Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J Soles, Tony Moran
Storyline: It’s 1963 on Halloween night and young boy by the name of Michael Myers kills his sister and get committed. Turn to 1978 and he comes back on Halloween to finish what he had started, must kill all his relations.
Review(Spoils): This is one of the first movies that started the slasher craze of the late 70s and early 80s.We have lonely and awkward Laurie Stroud (Jamie Lee Curtis) watching her back and living her life up to babysitting it seems. She has no love life (but she wants one) and her friends are constantly pressuring her to have a life and to top it she is related to the serial killer Michael Myers! (Tony Moran) No wonder the woman is so depressing. Jamie Lee Curtis does do a great job playing this type of character I’m not sure if it was purpose or if it was just because she did not feel comfortable in the part ….. but it works.
Michael Myers is one of the icon characters of horror, best known for his while pale Captain Kirk mask and his overalls and matching kitchen knife. For that alone this movie gets props for making an iconic character that graces many more films to follow in this series. John Carpenter does a great job making the character be this empty hollow entity.
Rating: The final scene with Laurie hiding in the house and Myers stalker her is just classic (closet scene is one of my favourite of the film) and the originality of being one of the first main stream horror slasher this holds higher than the movie itself. I have seen this movie so many times and it reminds me of my childhood when it comes to watching movies. Bring on Halloween! As said by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence ) “You’ve got to believe me, Officer, he is coming to Haddonfield… Because I know him! I’m his doctor! You must be ready for him… If you don’t, it’s your funeral.”
Peeping Tom (1960)
Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Karlheinz Bohm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer
Storyline: A young wanna be movie film maker gets kicks out of filming people’s expressions of horror.
Review(Spoils): I heard that this film is seen as the very first real slasher horror film. Not sure if I would call him a slasher just like I would not call him a peeping tom. The character Mark Lewis (Karlheinz Bohm) is a lonely and troubled man that was driven to his perversions of seeing women in pain or in terror. (not a peeping tom). Huge difference!
There is some peeping in the film but the main part of his behavior is not. The acting is mid rate and what is with all the redheads maybe that is what he has a fetish for? It’s got an artsy feel I will give the movie that but I felt it could have been a whole lot more (for example the scene where he photographed the woman with the nasty mouth scar).
Rating: I felt the movie had some gaps and really the childhood part did not play out to really what would cause his mental illness. For that alone this film hits low for me. It just left a lot more to be desired.
Friday the 13th (1980)
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Main Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor
Storyline: Camp counselors are getting ready for summer camp but someone is not happy about it being re-opened. Slowly counselors are being slaughtered one by one before opening day.
Review: Sex, drugs, booze, slaughter, welcome to Camp Crystal Lake. This is my favorite series of all horror movies so this one is close to my heart to review. We have the beginning and the reason why Jason Voorhees comes into a teenage killing rage for so many years after.
The movie is based around the re-opening of Camp Crystal Lake (Camp Blood to some) after it was closed for so many years due to a drowning and some counselors getting slaughtered. Steve Christy (Peter Brouwer) is a young horny hippy (his connection to Adrienne King’s character Alison is open to debate) starts working on the camp and invites the counselors to show up early to finish some work on the camp before the kids come. Big mistake someone is pissed that it reopened again. Before you know it we have slit throats, shooting arrows, spears, axes to the head (classic scene from Jeannine Taylor’s character Marcie) and good ol’ machete chopping time!
The highlight and freakishness of the film comes from Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) and her driven madness due to the loss of her son Jason. Her tiny boy voice “Kill her, Mommy! Kill her! Don’t let her get away, Mommy! Don’t let her live!” sends shivers up your spine and sets the tone for the film’s finale.
Rating: It’s Camp Crystal Lake we have Jason, Pamela, boobs, weed, booze, blood and rusty panties. Enough said.