"The nigh the came home." There are some inane comments here. There's actually very little blood in this, that's partly what makes it better than your average slasher movie. It was one of the first, but it's also one of the best, as John Carpenter, shooting on a tiny budget, shot in a classical Hollywood style that owes a lot to Hitchcock and also to the principle of not showing too much. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her debut, is a convincing and strong "last girl," PJ Soles is the classic pretty girl who has sex and pays for it, and Donald Pleasence, in a role he played many times, is grave and subtle as Dr. Loomis. Lots of movies ripped this off, but few did it this well. It looks great on blu-ray. Carpenter and Curtis would work together again on "The Fog." Oh, beware the many inferior sequels/remakes.

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