Monday, 14 December 2009
Halloween (1978 directed by John Carpenter) is probably the first horror film I've seen and I enjoyed it, although it wasn't scary. Ive been comparing reviews of this version with the 2007 remake. All reviews I've looked at on the original are positive. The film utilized a lot of moving camera shots to make the viewer feel as if they are the characters creeping around corners. Even when the camera isn't moving you are sometimes looking at the film in the eye of a character. A review by Tim Dirks from FilmSite.org, described the view of the camera as "seen from the subjective vantage point of the killer's or 'peeping tom's' eyes." This sense of spying reminds me of some of Edward Hoppers art work where the views are seen from a distance, usually divided by a window, into a place. looking at some reviews on the remake, they all seem to comment on that they gave the characters too much back story so that the mystery as to why the villain is killing is explained, which ruins the film. In a review from IGN Todd Gilchrist said that it "is about graphic brutality and absolutely nothing more."