Halloween (1978): The Scariest Movie Of All Time

The “slasher film” is a genre that everybody knows by now, you either love it or you hate it; A Nightmare On Elm Street, I know What You Did Last Summer, Friday The 13th, the list goes on and on. Some are good, and of course some are bad – very bad, but whatever your feelings are, Slasher films are here to stay. In recent years there’s been something of a revival in this type of horror thanks solely to the excellent Scream, but the genre has been around a lot longer than that, in fact it originated way back in 1978 when a man named John Carpenter gave us Halloween.

Halloween is a scary film, there’s no getting around that fact, it’s creepy, it’s disturbing and if you’ve never watched it before it’s absolutely full of jumps. You just don’t watch movies like this any more, Carpenter plays the audience brilliantly by giving us glimpses of Myers at all the right moments, one moment he’s just standing there across the street – staring, and then the next moment he’s gone, and the mental hospital sequence is another thing completely; patients wandering around the grounds is bad enough but it gets worse, believe me it does, you will jump I can assure you that.

Carpenter’s music also adds so much the feel of Halloween, it sets the mood so well and is certainly responsible for a couple of huge jumps on it’s own, oh and that mask….. it may be an old William Shatner mask from Star Trek (really!) but it’s just so unsettling.

It’s quite obvious that I really like this movie, not only is it brilliantly made, but it is also genuinely scary – something that’s extremely rare these days – it isn’t one of the highest grossing independent films for no reason you know. Halloween is definitely a classic you should watch online.

As usual Anchor Bay have produced another fantastic looking slasher, especially considering the age and low-budget origins of the film. Obviously some grain is evident and the quality isn’t the best, brand new releases, but taking everything into account – this DVD is superb.

A big part of the movie is the music and it really sounds great and full of life, the rear effects are kept to a minimum but the soundtrack is a great.

If you want to watch Halloween on DVD then you should be sourcing 2 discs which includes the TV version of the movie featuring 11 minutes of extras footage filmed on the set of Halloween 2. The DVD reviewed here is the standard one disc that omits the TV cut but features everything else that’s included in the 2-disc release and is very appealing in its own right. There’s a decent retrospective documentary that runs for nearly 30 minutes, there’s a couple of trailers, TV and radio spots, talent files and still galleries.