Film Review of Halloween (1978)
“Michael Myers, judged to be psychotic, is taken to a mental institution after killing his sister as a child. However, after a lengthy period in confinement, Myers succeeds in escaping, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield for one unexpected night of terror.
Soon after its release, this independent slasher - as the filmmakers had to depend on a low budget to make it - fast became a recognised classic of the horror genre. It not only grew a classic reputation, but radically changed and re-defined the whole concept of the horror movie itself. In fact had Halloween not become as influential as it did, all horror films that succeeded it would have been terribly mediocre. The film's great influence on the horror genre, and on modern horror films generally, is still felt today.