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John Carpenter's 1978 tour de force, perhaps the most widely imitated film of the 70s.
Carpenter obviously knows the genre well and he builds a properly terrifying atmosphere through his well-paced direction. It's an effective entry for its intended market.
Halloween remains untouched -- a modern classic of the most horrific kind.
Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to Psycho.
Perhaps not quite so resonant as Psycho to which it pays due homage, but it breathes the same air.
After a promising opening, Halloween becomes just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser.
Since there is precious little character or plot development to pass the time between stalking sequences, one tends to wish the killer would get on with it.