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30 October 2003 @ 10:41 pm
random horror observation  
Watching the very end of "Halloween" it struck me for the first time what effect they were going for: they do this sequence of shots showing the hallway, the living room couch, the street, the house fronts, all very prosaic and familiar to us, and over this they slowly edge up the volume on the Halloween mask breathing which has signified Michael Myers' POV. It's to say: here are the streets and houses and rooms that you know so well, and here *you* are viewing it all, wearing your mask and listening to your own close, claustrophobic breath. The killer is close enough for you to hear him breathing--he could step out of a closet or come down the hall at any moment. Either that or *you're* the killer.

Not a very deep observation, but cool. It's still an amazing movie twentyish years later. (I wonder if it still scares the crap out of kids, though, especially if they wind up watching it on a channel like FX, where the fuckwits cut away to a commercial just as the neighbor turns the porch lights out on Laurie and JLC is screaming as if she's really about to be knifed. Jesus.)

Carpenter, at his best, really gave good atmosphere, like in "The Fog."

We need a new horrormeister to step up and kick the genre. Kevin Williamson seems to have moved on. Oh no, wait, I was wrong. Kewl. And, okay, that cast list officially cracks me up.

Hey, my bed just peered out around the corner of my bedroom door and said, "Bitch, kiss my fat white pillows." Must heed and go.
the upper echelons of mediocrity: Billythe_star_fish on October 31st, 2003 04:39 am (UTC)
Re: these kids today -- My son's not allowed to watch *good* horror movies (Alien, Poltergeist, Halloween) on tv until he's seen them on tape/DVD. He always thinks he wants to watch with all the lights off, but eventually he turns one on. Heeheehee.

And yeah, "The Fog" was just ... creepy. Brrrr. (Ooooh, I don't think he's seen that one yet... I wonder if one of the video stores'll have it...)
troyswann on October 31st, 2003 08:57 am (UTC)
Hmm. That claustrophobic breathing reminds me of "Something Wicked This Way Comes," a pretty horrid movie starring whoknows and directed by I'mnotsure, but the soundtrack features, verrrrry verrrrry softly at first, the sound of footsteps and they get gradually louder and louder as the movie progresses and the something wicked comes this way and it just sort of subliminally grinds away at your nerve endings until you're ready to jump out of your skin and throw a bowl of perfectly good popcorn halfway across the room the first time somebody's arm brushes yours.

It's the little things that make life living.