“What’s your favourite scary movie?” That common refrain made famous in the Scream series is an easy question for me to answer – Halloween. John Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece horror film remains, for me, the quintessential slasher film that scares me shitless to this day. Right from the opening credits; I’m covered in goose bumps and chills upon hearing the eerie signature score.
The movie is so frightening and unnerving because it’s about more than a masked figure with a knife killing unsuspecting teens. It’s about the psychology of the boy that grew up to be Michael Myers. It’s about how frighteningly visceral an experience watching the movie becomes; like the events in the film are happening to you and you’re not just watching a movie.