Halloween surely can't be heralded as a classic? It's just a bog standard slasher horror flick isn't it?
Halloween is most definitely a classic which is responsible for setting the horror tones for the entire 80's. Horror will always have a loyal and knowledgeable audience. Many successful directors have started their careers within its low budget origins.
The horror genre is like fashion, it moves around in circles. Lunatics prowling the night with big knives was the order of the day throughout the 80's before it became J-Horror with a slur of Japanese ghost story re-makes, then with "Saw" and "Hostel" we moved into what was known as gorno movies not so much the scare as the gross-out.
Halloween was responsible for setting the blueprints for the former. It was the first movie to use steadycam technology and boy did John Carpenter know how to get the best out of that piece of tech. He utilises every part of the frame so you are constantly flicking your eyes over the image to spot from where Mike Myers will appear next. It's as if Sergio Leone had done his first horror movie.
It carries a great claustrophobic feeling as we await the leads fate. John Carpenter is extremely patient and keeps you rooted to your seat, glorious tracking shots, many haunting long shots. This is one of the best horror movies ever made, make no mistake.
Many times copied, never bettered even by its own sequels.
Just a bog standard slasher pic right!!!
The HD transfer.................................
Anchor Bay have given this movie an MPEG-4 AVC encoded, 2.35:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of exceptional quality, halleluiah.
This is a massive leap in quality from the previous DVD releases.
Picture sharpness is astonishing, detail is remarkable from skin textures to objects and clothing. The colour contrast is mint as well with such great saturation that the image is vibrant and alive. Skin tones appear accurate, lifelike and warm.
Grain is extremely fine and largely unnoticeable. I loved the daylight scenes which follow Lorie to and from school, the image is beautifully framed and the colours are dreamlike and very vibrant. For a 34 plus year old movie made on a very low budget this is an astounding presentation.
I did however detect a couple of instances where a hair or two has crept onto the negative which could of possibly been removed but so what this looks amazing and you wont find me bemoaning that one bit.
Movie 5/5 Transfer 5/5
This is very nearly reference quality.