Though mostly steeped in the scifi/horror genres, John Carpenter is a talented, muti-faceted filmmaker whose virtuosity often goes underappreciated, and Halloween is his minimalistic masterpiece. In part a tribute to Psycho's simplistic morbidity (Halloween even stars Janet Leigh's daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis), the film ushered in the era of slasher flicks, but was never surpassed and arguably never equaled. A perfect horror film.

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