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Transcript - Halloween (1978) - Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2007

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James Rolfe: It's october, it's halloween season, it's Cinemassacre's "Monster Madness". We're in the late 70's now in our history of horrors. Box offices dominated by all the new blockbusters. Movies like "Jaws" and "Star Wars"; big movies like these were all the craze. But here comes along "Halloween"; independent, super low budget. But nobody would've expected it to become one of the most successful independent films of all time. 

Not only was it a smash hit; it started the slasher genre. Not that the groundwork wasn't already established, but "Halloween" brought the formula to the mainstream and set the rules for the genre. A slasher movie is defined as a movie with a body count. A killer who sneaks about and murders all the main characters one after another. 

After all the sequels, ripoffs and the remake, many people forget what the original was like. One thing there was no blood or hardly any – nothing graphic. "Halloween" uses suspense and atmosphere as its tools. 

Laurie Strode (trying to force a door open): Tommy, please!! 

James: The soundtrack is one of the most recognizable and effective horror scores ever conceived. Donald Pleasence is fantastic as Dr. Loomis. 

Dr. Loomis: I met this… six year old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face and… the blackest eyes; the Devil's eyes. 

James: Jamie Lee Curtis is also great as Laurie Strode, the 'Scream Queen' as she's known. Her mother Janet Leigh was also famous for "Psycho". But the most celebrated character in this film is the killer Michael Myers whose face is always covered by a mask; a William Shatner mask painted white. Well, this character is so popular that he just can't be left alone. "Halloween 2" killed him off, "Halloween 3" started fresh. 

Originally the series was meant to be a different halloween themed story each time. Think about it. The title is "Halloween" – there's a million things that could happen on halloween. So "Part 3" was a completely different subject. There's even a scene where they're watching the first "Halloween" as sort of a joke or a tribute. But everybody hated it. Not so much wether or not it was a good movie, but the problem was that everybody was confused why Michael Myers wasn't in it. So due to the audience's demand they brought him back for a never-ending string of sequels and recently a remake. 

It all started as a little, independent film but now it has been raped into a franchise. 

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