Tuesday 31 October 2017 8pm
Dir: John Carpenter United States 1978
Language: English Running time: 91 mins Cert: 18
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J.Soles, Nancy Loomis
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" 'The keeeys! The keeeeeys!' Jamie Lee Curtis's panicky, keening line has become a classic moment in John Carpenter's horror. She squeaks with pure fear, scrabbling desperately for the door keys that will allow her to escape from masked attacker Michael, who is sportingly giving her a chance by doing one of the slowest, most lumbering walks in movie history.
The casting of the then 20-year-old Curtis was sort of a nod to Psycho, in which her mother Janet Leigh played a memorable role. On the trail of the escaped madman is a troubled psychiatrist called Sam Loomis (also the name of a character in Psycho), played by Donald Pleasence.
The unmasking "reveal" at the beginning of the movie is a great coup, and the film continues to be very scary, helped by Carpenter's own theme: a trebly plinking of piano notes and that buzzy synth in low register. Well worth another look on the big screen." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian