In 1978, a low-budget horror film opened in Kansas City, named “ HALLOWEEN.”
No One, least John Carpenter, thought the movie was the kind of movie that would draw crowds. It was advertised as a county-fair haunted house movie, about a babysitter killer.
However to the surprise of many, it changed the horror genre for years to come.
The budget was a mere $300,000 split between the producer—John Carpenter, the creator—and Debra Hill who co-wrote the script. In choosing the cast, they used mostly unknown actors, except for Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.
Most critics dismissed the picture and called it just another maniac on the loose suspense.
Only a few critics saw Halloween for what it was. One of the critics was, Roger Ebert, who issued praise saying:
“Halloween is a visceral experience. We aren’t seeing it—we are experiencing it. It’s frightening.”
Today, a new Halloween film is making its way to the theatres, again with Jamie Lee Curtis.
Will you go to see it, or will you stay home giving out candy to the neighborhood children?
As for me, I haven’t decided yet, but I am certain it will be an experience to remember and frightening.
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