In the mid-1980s, film critics and stars of the TV Series At the Movies Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert went on a crusade against slasher movies. They both attested that Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the like were dangerous, demeaning to women, and a blight on our civilized society. Ebert famously opined that Child’s Play 2 made him feel unclean describing it as “Sick, unwholesome, and completely malignant.”
So, it would stand to reason that the duo would hate the film that set the blueprint for the slasher subgenre: John Carpenter’s Halloween, released in 1978. After all, without Halloween, the slasher craze may have never taken off. Surprisingly, they both loved it; Ebert opens the video below stating: “There’s a difference between good and scary horror movies and movies that systematically demean half the human race.”
Find out what they believe sets Halloween apart from the dreck in the video below, uploaded to YouTube courtesy of The Halloween Insider.
And if it’s been a while, check out the trailer and synopsis for Halloween 1978 (currently being rebooted at Blumhouse) below.
Official Synopsis: On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.
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