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The night HE came home!
More than 30 years from it's release, "Halloween" still remains one of the finest and scariest horror movies of all time, and it deserves it because it's a near-perfect film with great acting, cinematography, and suspense, along with a chilling score and and an extremely claustrophobic and nerve-shattering feel. It's definitely a movie to see in the dark. It's actually one of the only horror movies that freak me out whenever I see it, and I don't really get freaked by horror movies easily. When 6 year old Michael Myers stabs his teenage sister, Judith, to death, he is put in a sanitarium for 15 years, but later on escapes and starts stalking a teenager named Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) on Halloween. Later on, he starts to kill her friends, until, in the heart- stopping climax which had me on the edge of my seat, tries to kill her. In the short 91 minutes of the film, it really packs a punch of terror and unnerve. It's like no other film when it comes to the terror, which borrows a lot from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, which is pretty ironic, since Jamie Lee Curtis is Janet Leigh's daughter. I think Halloween is the best slasher film ever made (if you don't count Psycho as a slasher). It really started the whole "teenagers getting murdered by a killer wearing a mask" thing. Most of the scenes that show Michael Myers's POV are seen through his creepy, emotionless mask, along with his muffled breathing sounds, which really gives a nice touch of suspense. The acting is amazing; especially from Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance. It's amazing what you can do on such a small budget (this film had a budget of only $325,000). "Halloween" is and always will be one of the greatest horror films ever made. It's a must see.
The best suspense motion picture ever made!
I don't think that any thriller or horror movie can match the quality of the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho". It's a vanguard suspense picture. From the amazing score by Bernard Herrmann to the infamous shower scene, this film will always be timeless. The films opens with the kinetic credits, made up of black and gray lines, done by Saul Bass. The film gains more suspense with the musical score made up only by strings. The film's dialogue manages to keep the film interesting, including the parlor scene, between Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, which lasts about 10 minutes, then finally, there's the shower scene, which took a week to film, and it's probably the best scene in movie history. 78 different shots in 45 seconds and it was shot wonderfully. There are only 2 murders in this film, yet this film was the first "slasher", which inspired John Carpenter's "Halloween", "Friday the 13th", "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and a couple more. It's amazing thinking that this one movie did that all. I think this film probably has the most shocking ending in movie history. It freaked me out and I could only imagine how scary it must have been seeing it in a theater back in it's original 1960 release. The film's 6 and a half minute trailer, with Alfred Hitchcock giving a tour of the Bates Motel is only a teaser, so it doesn't tell you much about the film, so I wonder how shocking the shower scene must have been. Altogether, "Psycho" is one of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpieces, and I think it's probably my favorite film of his. From the amazing acting from Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, John Gavin, Vera Miles, and Martin Balsam to the surprisingly small $800,000 budget to the infamous Bates Motel and shower scene, along with the reputation this movie earned (#1 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills and #14 on 100 Years...100 Movies), this film is defiantly the best shocker film from the best director of all time, Alfred Hitchcock.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
My favorite movie of all time!
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is an adaptation of a 1958 novel written by Truman Capote, of the same name. Three years later, in 1961, this movie comes out, starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. I still remember my first time seeing this movie. The opening of the film has a cab coming down a New York Street stops at Tiffany's. Audrey Hepburn comes out with a danish and coffee while window shopping, having "Breakfast at Tiffany's". I think that opening scene has become big in pop culture, and fifty years, or a half-century later, this film still holds up for repeated views, just like I've watched it over and over. I'm so glad that Audrey Hepburn was picked for this film. It was originally supposed to be Marilyn Monroe, just one year before her 1962 death. I think Audrey fits the character of a café society socialite who gets "50 dollars for the powder room" perfectly, even though Audrey Hepburn in real life wasn't anything like that at all. The film from beginning to end engages you and makes you want to see it a second time, from the iconic images of her with a cigarette holder, to the opening scene, the cocktail party, the scene where Audrey Hepburn performs "Moon River" (my favorite movie song) composed by Henry Mancini, the no-name cat (played by Orangey the Cat), and the romantic ending. It's all great and should be considered one of the best films of all time. The film also stars George Peppard (a writer who she falls in love with), Patricia Neal (his "decorating friend"), and also including Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, Villalonga, and Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi, the Japanese apartment manager. (I don't see why people get so offended by that role and think it's racist.) Anyway, I can't wait for the Blu-Ray release on September 20th!