Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Horror Movies

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

Halloween

A masked psychopath stalks and kills teenagers.
Horror for Beginners
United States
1978
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Festivity: 
Halloween
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
7.04
A nice Halloween treat!
5.04
5.04
6
5.04
4
3
3
Performances
Photography
Plot
Halloween is the ultimate stalk and kill movie. It has a lot to offer as a slasher that hasn't been considered pertinent in past horror history. One of the early scenes is mostly composed of a long point of view shot that puts you behind the mask of a psychopathic child. We then cool down with the nice, lengthy character exposition of average high school personas with simple backgrounds.
There are lots of moments filled with nothing but girls walking around in peaceful neighborhoods, chatting. It's all about friendships, family and suburban life until bodies start piling up. It then becomes your typical campfire tale about a mental institute escapee coming to get you. Drop in hints of possession, some alcohol, nudity, a babysitter and a cool mask and you get a fun, creepy flick.
The sonata is chilling, intense, overused, but establishes a trademark. The monster's design is great. The script is strong, though simplistic. This kind of horror is accessible, visceral but not necessary gory. If some slashers rely on the red stuff, this one glorifies stalking. Michael Myers is that shy brute that hides in the shadow, watching you, plotting against you...
Alternate Titles: 
John Carpenter's Halloween
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