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With Fall now upon us, I wanted to post a clip from one of the greatest moments in horror history. The closet scene in John Carpenter’s classic 1978 film Halloween:
The original Halloween was an incredibly classy film. My hero, the late Roger Ebert, generally hated slasher films, but he thought Halloween was excellent and named it one of the 10 best films of 1978. Much of the film’s appeal comes from the stylish performance of Jamie Lee Curtis, who played the quiet nerdy all-American suburban babysitter Laurie Strode: The quintessential girl next door, who manages to keep her head together under pressure.
Laurie got much better grades than her slutty best friends who were killed off that Halloween night, but the real test of her intelligence was her ability to adapt. Despite the killer having every advantage (bigger, stronger, taller, a butcher knife), Laurie turns the situation around to her advantage, literally turning a close hanger into a weapon.
But for those who like newer movies, I recently saw Into the Forest. Not really a horror film at all (though there were some horrific scenes), though this was classified as horror by my cable company. I LOVE post-apocalyptic films like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and this was another of that ilk. There’s just something so incredibly cozy about the End of the World, especially when a few loved ones are forced to stick together and survive in a house in the Woods, as the rest of society crumbles. And of course I adore actress Ellen Page who gained fame in Juno. She just has a certain quality about her.
A bunch of us at work are extremely excited about the new Edward Snowden movie since it relates so closely to what we do everyday. Oliver Stone deserves great credit for telling this man’s story. As usual O’reilly doesn’t get it: