So, the first official trailer for Halloween (2018) arrived today and as already discussed on It’s A Stampede! I’m very happy with the footage so far. The original Halloween (1978) is one of my all-time favourite horror movies, so I’m stoked to see this new entry looks so good!
I was around the age of 16/17 when I first watched Halloween. The movie was being shown late night on BBC 2, as part of a season of Saturday night horror films.
While I had heard of Halloween and was vaguely familiar with Michael Myers, at that point in time (the late ’90s) I knew very little about the movie. In fact, my knowledge of horror movies in general was pretty poor at best and was only starting to improve thanks to my interest in Scream (1996), Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the like.
Halloween changed everything – and I mean everything. Watching Halloween (as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960)) kick-started a huge fascination with the horror genre which continued with the likes of Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Omen (1976), Child’s Play (1988) and so on.
I distinctly remember that first time I watched Halloween. It was late, I was in bed, the TV turned on, the volume turned down (well, it was late) and I was scared shitless for 90 minutes.
From the opening sequence to that final scene, I couldn’t take my eyes off the TV screen. The simplicity of the movie, paired up with John Carpenter’s nerve shredding score, had me transfixed.
I remember clearly being terrified as Laurie Strode wandered the streets of Haddonfield, while being stalked by Michael Myers. Of all the scenes in the movie, that’s what freaked me out the most as the ‘monster’ was moving around during the day!
DURING THE DAY!
Still to this day whenever I watch Halloween I get creeped out at the sight of Michael Myers walking around Haddonfield, watching and waiting to strike. There’s also something truly sinister about Michael stood amongst a collection of sheets (see above). It’s casual. It’s natural. It could happen in anyone’s backyard. It could happen in my backyard!
OK, I don’t have a backyard but that doesn’t mean I don’t worry about this happening one day.
IT COULD HAPPEN!
Anyway, back to the ’90s… a couple of days after I first watched Halloween I ordered the movie on VHS from the Britannia Video Club (remember the Britannia Video Club, kids?). The video was a double-feature with Halloween II (1981) and I watched that damn tape countless times over the next few weeks.
Jeez, I must have worn that tape out, but I couldn’t get enough. This was horror on a scale I simply wasn’t familiar with, but I knew was something special.
Over the years I upgraded my Halloween tape to DVD and more recently I switched to a HD digital copy. In fact, while typing up this post that digital copy has been playing in the background.
Even after all these years, there’s something about Halloween which really gets under my skin. Always has, always will.
Will the new Halloween provoke a similar reaction? Maybe. Maybe not.
Thing is, it won’t really matter. The original Halloween was a game-changer for me as it demonstrated just how good horror could be. I’ll never forget the first time I watched it or how truly scared I was.