Chris Pirri’s Top 30 Horror Movies: #19 Halloween (1978)

Its October and that means Halloween is almost here. In honor of my favorite holiday of the year I give to you my top thirty horror movies. Now some of these films might be on every list, but some might not. I might even have a film or two that you have never heard of. Just remember this is my top thirty. In other words these films made me cringe or just sent chills up my spine. So with no further ado here is my list

# 19
Halloween (1978)
Directed by: John Carpenter
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How could I not put John Carpenter’s Halloween in my top thirty? This movie will be played in October long after you and I have died. Watching Halloween has become just as much of a tradition as giving candy away for the spooky holiday that is its namesake. Jamie Lee Curtis Hollywood’s own scream queen makes her debut performance on the big screen in this film. Now add in a brilliant acting performance from Donald Pleasence, and of course the outstanding directing from John Carpenter and you have a mega horror blockbuster.

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Welcome to Haddonfield, Illinois the hometown of Michael Myers. We first meet Michael as a young kid. This is where the terror starts and he murders his sister with a large kitchen knife on Halloween. Several years later we see Michael breaking out of the sanitarium where he was being held. Of course this is where we meet him wearing his signature, overalls and a mask he found. And next time your watching this classic film take a good look at that mask it is actually the mask of William Shatner from Star Trek.

When he returns to his hometown he begins stalking and terrorizing a young girl named Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis). With his Doctor from the sanitarium and the local police looking for him anything can happen and does.

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This film spawned many sequels and remakes but of course this is the best. So next time you have a feeling you are being followed run because you probably are, Michael Myers is still on the loose!

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