The first time I saw John Carpenter’s movie, Halloween, I was 11 years old at my one of my friend’s birthday parties. I didn’t particularly want to watch this movie but I wasn’t about to be the one at the party being a party pooper, so I just went along with it.
That night I think we watched the first three movies.
I had seen horror films before, but for whatever reason this movie fucking terrified me! Everything about Michael Myers was horrific. He was the first deranged person on screen I had ever seen. He would not die, even though he was shot multiple times, was in a fire, was nearly buried. He just kept coming back!
That year I watched all of the other Halloween movies in the series, and yup, traumatized myself. Way to go 11 year old Brooklyn, trying to fit in. Ugh!
Since then anytime I hear the Halloween theme song (is using the term jingle appropriate? I know the song better than the Jaws one) I got shivers up my spine.
Whenever I’m home alone I worry about Michael Myers breaking in and killing me. I always worried about looking into a mirror and seeing him behind me.
We all know he’s supernatural and can’t die, so I would not stand a chance!
Every experience I’ve had with those movies added to my fear. Whether it be photos or the movies on in the background at parties, it made my nerves insane!
Last Halloween Scott finally talked me into watching the Rob Zombie versions. I liked the first one, but was still terrified. And I found the second film mega boring.
This year I noticed that the theatre near us, which is an old converted theatre, was playing the original John Carpenter film a few days before Halloween. There was also the added bonus of a half hour talk from John Carpenter filmed to watch before the movie.
As someone who adores horror films I knew the time had come to face my fears and re-watch the original film on the big screen.
I’m not going to lie, I was stressed out watching the movie. I had bought M&M’s to snack on but was too nervous to take them out in case I jumped and sent them flying! And yup, I jumped several times!
I held tight onto Scott’s hand the entire film, and according to him I crushed it.
So how was watching the movie that traumatized me, on the big screen?
I loved the movie, even though it still terrified me. I loved the final girl aspect, and seeing Jamie Lee Curtis so young. I loved going back in time and seeing horror way back then. It was perfect.
I think if I had seen this movie as an adult it would not have scared me. But in a way I’m glad I saw it too young, because it means the movie sort of grew up with me.
And I loved seeing it on the big screen, the way that John Carpenter intended.
And I cannot wait to see the others. With Scott there to hold my hand of course.
Do you like this movie?
How well do you handle horror movies?