brian-mcgee - October 23, 2018
At long last, someone has recognized that the true monster of the Halloween franchise is Dr. Loomis.
The good folks over at Screen Junkies have thrown together another one of their Honest Trailers, and this time they've sharpened their knives for the original, first of its kind Halloween movie from way back in 1978. That's right kids, they made movies before you were born, too.
While they do give the franchise a good ribbing for its insane titling policy, this is mostly focused on John Carpenter's original masterpiece. It's a lot of nit-picking like P.J. Soles saying "Totally" all the time and Michael Myers eating the dog—which admittedly never made sense—but they do acknowledge that every slasher film which followed borrowed elements more or less established in this film.
One could argue that Texas Chainsaw actually started the "virginal final girl" and "killer wears a mask" things, but Carpenter's film went a long way toward making them tropes. I still haven't see the Halloween that's in theaters—and you guys were no help when I solicited opinions on it yesterday—but you can bet your bippy I'll be watching the original in the next few days.