Where it began

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Release of Halloween Ends brings nostalgic look back to the original.

Christian Lindberg , Yearbook Staff

With last week’s release of “Halloween Ends” marking the end of the storied movie empire, it’s worth taking a look back at where it all began.

“Halloween,”directed and scored by John Carpenter and co-written and produced by Debra Hill, revived the horror movie industry in its day and is a blueprint for those that followed.

In the small town of Haddonfield, Ill., on Halloween night in 1963, a young Michael Myers (Tony Moran) murders his sister, for which he is sentenced to 15 years in prison. Fifteen years later, Myers escapes from the mental hospital and stalks the town of Haddonfield again, going after a new victim, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut). 

Myers’ psychologist, Doctor Loomis (Donald Pleasance) tracks Michael to his old house and shoots him six times to protect Laurie. Michael falls off a porch presumably to his death, but when Loomis goes to check, he is gone.

The plot is decent, but the thing that stands out is we don’t see or hear Myers – he’s just pure evil. His nickname is the “Boogie Man”. 

Halloween is a classic in modern horror movies still being talked about to this day, so it’s safe to say that the movie is good. It’s a slow movie for the first hour but picks up later on but for new viewers that want more jumpscares, this is not the movie.

Halloween (1978) is a movie anyone can really watch, and it’s a good movie to watch on Halloween. With its sequels and twisted timelines, I would recommend giving it a try.