Mainstream Media Makes A Big Deal Out Of “Millenials” Not Liking ‘Halloween’

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John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the best slashers ever made. You know it. I know it. Had the movie never been made… well you wouldn’t be reading this site. And the fact that you’re here indicates that you probably have a fairly deep understanding of the film. You know that, despite having very little blood, it’s a masterwork of suspense. You’re aware of the fact that it spawned not only its own franchise, but the Friday The 13th franchise as well. It paved the way for John Carpenter to make classics like The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China and Escape From New York. It’s pretty damn good.

The gentleman who wrote this piece for Yahoo understands that. Yet I’m dubious of the results of the poll they conducted in which they screened the film for 10 college students and found that it registered a 5.4 on a “1-10 scariness scale.” The thesis of the piece seems to be that the film has aged poorly. I disagree. But my biggest question is, “why are you asking THESE people?”

First of all, out of a random group of people – there’s going to be a few who don’t like the movie you’re screening for them. No matter what. If you showed Iron Man 3 – one of this summer’s biggest hits and a movie I really liked – to 10 people I would expect at least 4 of them to think that it’s dumb. But hey, I can kind of see their point (even if I personally love it). It’s not a classic, so let’s up the ante. If you showed Citizen Kane or Casablanca – two of the best films ever made – to a random group of 10 people, I imagine a lot of them would have problems with those films being shot in black and white. And I guarantee you at least one of those folks would think the Rosebud stuff was “LOL worthy.”

The question is – is it worth listening to those people? I mean, I guess everyone’s voice “counts” but why are we giving credence to the willfully ignorant? I chose the examples above specifically because they’re very mainstream. One of them was recently quite popular and the other two have withstood decades of conversation. When you get to horror, it gets even trickier. Some people flat out aren’t receptive to the genre.

And in the case of some of these folks, a lot of them are just flat out stupid. The piece cites an English Major at UCLA as saying “It was extremely corny. I found it immensely more comical than scary.” A business major declared, ““It was one of the LOL-worthiest movies I have seen in a while.” They find one guy who “definitely screamed more times than I’d like to admit“, only to neuter his opinion by revealing he also gets frightened while watching Lady In The Water.

Ultimately the thesis of the piece sort of unravels since a few of the test subjects admitted to liking, and being scared by, the film. But yes, if you give any movie to a bunch of people who have no predisposition towards enjoying it (and who seem to be tweeting while watching it) – then yeah, a few of them might not like it. We’re also talking about a sample group who found the 2006 version of The Omen to be “scarier.”

So what’s the takeaway here? As far as I can tell there isn’t one unless it’s to make us worry about the younger generation’s ability to absorb any sort of culture created before they were born.

But I don’t even think that’s true. I just think that a lot of the people who were willing to sign up for this were inherently ignorant. But I want to hear from millenials who actually like horror (if you’re here, I’m assuming you do). If you were born after 1990, tell me how you REALLY feel about Halloween.

 
  • Rendrogy

    I’m from ’88, so my vote is irrelevant, but I just have to say that I couldn’t possibly be friends with someone who doesn’t like Halloween!

    • EvanDickson

      ’88 works!

    • MzHellion

      I was born in 94′ so just like these “subjects” above I am also a college student.I was raised on classic horror and Halloween is one of my favorite movies that gets screened several times a year in my household. I think people around my age who didn’t get to experience good classic horror movies when they were somewhat young just don’t quite grasp or enjoy the older films because they’ve only known the newer side of the horror genre that to me seems nearly completely different from what it used to be. Long story short let me restore a little faith and say that there are still some young ones, including myself, out there who still enjoy the older horror flicks and won’t let their legacy go down without a fight.

    • Antonia Cowan

      i was born in 1997, and i just cannot abide people dissing the movie, it portrays the innocence of teenage years, and childhood years of Halloween something of which everyone can relate to. And brings in a serial killer, i was glued to the TV watching this movie i could not take my eyes of it and i’m not going to bother lying i was terrified.
      I was so scared it was unreal. And that was a couple of years ago, the other day me and my friend were babysitting and i had just watched Halloween in the same day and i was literally too afraid to go outside or anything i would not go outside to do the washing, i was so frightened. And i cannot believe in fact i don’t believe that any other human being, in their right mind would not be terrified, of a normal human being ( in the john carpenter Halloween) coming out on the scariest night of the year and killing teenagers? yeah that’s not scary. they need to wise up and realize that such movies of paranormal activity and saw are not classics…

  • jchano123

    I’m a ’96 baby, and the first time I watched Halloween (october 2011) I really didn’t see what the hype was about. Now, 2 years later, I rewatched it and since I have learned a lot about the history of horror, I loved it.

    • EvanDickson

      @Jchano123 thanks for replying! Interesting that it got better the second time around!

  • Ian

    I was born in ’92 and I liked it. I was expecting it to be overrated, and it sort of was, but I still enjoyed it.

  • Sick_skwerl

    I’m from ’86 so I’m a little old to count, but I loved Halloween from the first time I watched it. And as someone with much younger siblings, I can tell you that most of these kids don’t give a shit unless it’s star-filled and with a budget of at least a couple hundred million.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      I have 2 nephews, ages 7 and 5, and I’ve made it a point to show them older horror films before they get their heads filled with soulless remakes and Paranormal movies. They love Scream, The Others, The Craft, The Lost Boys and the original Fright Night. I’m very proud of them!

      • djblack1313

        WalkWithMe, well done!

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    I was born in 1989. I saw Halloween in 96, when I was seven years old. It was the first horror film I ever saw and to this day, it’s my favorite and Michael Myers is the king, in my opinion. This is like when New Line tested the first Final Destination on a group of older people, who disliked the film. Of course they did! They’re not the target audience, so to me, their opinions are irrelevant. I feel the same way about critics who are open about the fact that they don’t like horror movies. Their opinions and reviews on horror films can’t be trusted because they aren’t fans of the genre. I’m way more inclined to listen to an actual horror fan, even if sometimes we conflict on certain films. Whether you like Halloween or not, I don’t think anyone can deny the impact it had on the genre, as well as horror fans and filmmakers.

  • MightyRonnoc

    ’94 It’s an out standing classic! I absolutely adore this film and watch it, along with II and III every Halloween!
    I do enjoy Rob Zombie’s remake of the first one quite a bit too, but I’ll never put it in over the original!

  • Vadicta

    91. I saw it and liked it quite a bit. I don’t tend to like slashers very much, but Halloween knows how to keep the paranoia up, and it’s still surprisingly better than most slasher flicks that come out today. But maybe part of the reason that it’s so good for a lot of us is because we know just how bad it can get.

    Although, the Maniac remake is Halloween’s opening sequence across an entire blood bath of a film, so I’m not really sure if it’s the slasher I would pick to keep in my house.

  • matt

    Halloween was BEFORE Friday the 13th and BEFORE Nightmare on Elm Street. It paved the way, how can you not say its a classic??!

    • djblack1313

      didn’t BLACK CHRISTMAS come before HALLOWEEN? i could have sworn HALLOWEEN was “inspired” by BLACK XMAS.

      • viking1983

        black christmas is an epic flick that was the original slasher that inspired halloween and many others, but halloween was the first slasher to have a mainstream following, however out of both remakes rob zombies halloween pisses over the black christmas remake

        • matt

          I will never understand why they insist on making remakes of classic films, guess they are running out of original ideas.

  • captainwesticles

    Hey just got an account to answer the question because I find it interesting. I was born in ’95 and have seen halloween numerous times and I freaking love the movie, it set the standard for one of my favorite genres of film. It is one of only a few movies that I genuinely dont understand someone not liking but for some reason a lot of my friends that are around my age dont like it. theres some barrier there for them and I think it stems from a difficulty to immerse themselves in the story due to having seen it play out in a million other movies.

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    i was born in ’85 but i’ve always loved Halloween. i dont know if this has anything to do with it but when i was a kid my dad got me into very old movies like the Abbott and Costello movies, the 3 stooges, laurel and hardy etc. so i guess by the time i got into horror movies (by around age 13) i was already well aware and ok with older movies being either in black and white, a lesser video/audio quality, or bad special effects because of the lack of technology back then. maybe some of the younger people just don’t feel like putting up with that stuff, i dont know.

    • Skull-And-Crossbones

      another thing that might deter younger people is it’s simplicity. so many movies post-The Sixth Sense have been going for that super crazy twist that nobody sees coming.

  • djblack1313

    i’ve been posting over on the CARRIE remake board and there’s been a lot discussion revolving around many young people (“Millenials” i guess) who dislike watching movies (like the original CARRIE) for various reasons. one kid said that he WILL NOT watch any movie before 1995 because it’s cartoon-ish looking (and other reasons). it’s depressing hearing younger people (especially the kid i mentioned) be so close minded. thankfully there are many young folks who love HALLOWEEN, CARRIE (original) and tons and tons of movies made in any and all years.

    i have heard/read younger people say that movies like HALLOWEEN, ALIEN, etc are too slow/boring for them. i understand that to a point. with rapid fire fast video games, tv shows, etc and just life in general being so sped up/harder than it was when many of us were growing up, i think attention spans are very limited nowadays. especially for younger generations.

    • aaronmb

      Wonder if that kid realizes that just about every movie now has modern animation, aka cgi, which Carrie had way too much of.

    • jchano123

      That kid sounds like me about 5 years ago. Luckily I’ve changed since then, or else I would be missing out on some amazing movies!

    • HorrorLover995

      I was born in 95′, so that being said, I do agree that a decent amount of the newer generations have lost good taste in horror films. They never appreciate or understand that films like HALLOWEEN, Carrie (1976), A Nightmare on Elm Street, etc. It’s really made me lose hope in the newer generations.

  • Caleb German

    I was born in ’95 and I started with the classic Friday the 13th films when I was 9 and I grew a huge interest in horror movies. Later I started watching the Nightmare on Elm Street series when I was 11. I finally got to watch the original Halloween when I was 12 and I absolutely loved it. Later when I was in my early teens, I tried to watch more recent and up to date horror movies and I didn’t really like anything that was more recent. I felt (and still do) like horror movies wouldn’t go back to the way they were when they were so creative like Hellraiser or A Nightmare on Elm Street. Now these days with horror movies it’s all about spirits and hauntings and all of that crap like we forgot how scary serial killers and slashers can be. Then people started remaking the classics. None were as good as the originals (although I really enjoyed the two remakes of Halloween) but it was good to know that the film industry hasn’t forgotten the more iconic horror movies and it’s even better to see directors, producer, etc. admiring those films. Which I appreciate every remake as a new take from another’s prospective. They are not always perfect but if it has the famous title and the characters relatively correct then I usually wont have a problem with it. With that said there have been a few good original ideas recently, my favorites being The Collector, and Sinister. But as young as I am I feel like I could get into much older movies. Just last summer I watched Nosferatu and I absolutely loved it. So maybe there is still hope for younger people to appreciate the older horror movies, we will just have to wait and see.

  • AfterTheAsylum

    84. I’m clearly in the minority here, but I hate Halloween. I understand its place and its importance, but I find it to be boring. Yet, I don’t like the entire franchise, nor do I like Elmstreet. I love the Friday franchise, Hellraiser franchise and the era of Vincent Price though. I really like Carpenter’s work, but I can’t take any of the Halloween’s (including the remake). Part of it is simplicity, part is my dislike for Curtis probably, but it just doesn’t click with me for whatever the reason. As a long-time fan of most scopes of horror, I can see why this movie would be boring, but lol-worthy – no. The film must be given its inspirational due though in any case. I would never deny its importance, but I will take most films of its time over it.

  • Lemonade

    ’92 here. I love Halloween. It paved the trajectory of an entire sub-genre. The score, shot choices, and Donald Pleasance really help elevate it to a league of its own.

    But if I’m speaking in absolute candor, I have to admit: It doesn’t scare me. That doesn’t mean I still can’t enjoy it, I’m just not scared by it. I think this is the case with a lot of Horror films. If you’ve seen one too many times, it looses its effect.

    For example, I have seen The Strangers only once, but I remember that was the most scared I had ever been. I’ve always read reviews of horror movies about how they had to look behind them, and re-lock the doors, and was jealous that I never had this experience. That was, until THE STRANGERS. Great, scary movie. If it were released in ’78 it would be considered a classic. Now, if I were to rewatch it, would it still have the same impact? I don’t think so.

    But, yeah, Halloween is a great film and I watch it at least once a year.

  • K-Dogg

    I just wanted to join in, although my comments may not pertain to this subject. I am now 40, seen many movies, and Halloween is, and most likely always will be, my fave horror flick of all time. Heck, even when I re-watch it, i can point out its flaws, but there is just something special about that whole movie, from the score (which I KNOW is underappreciated by the younger generation, most could not care less about scores of movies anymore) and that mask is still badass to this day. I must rewatch it every year on the night of Halloween (I’m weird, I know). Yet, I know deep down in my heart when a movie may be better than it, but it’s just always going to have that place in my heart. After watching The Conjuring again Tuesday, that very well just might be a PERFECT Horror movie, and in my mind, the best horror movie to hit since The Descent. I am just the kind of guy that wants to see how she holds up many years later before I give it it’s rightful place/ranking in my Horror Movie world :) Hope some of that made some sense.

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      I watch it every Halloween, as well. Its tradition.

  • Dranj

    ’89, so just outside the intended age range, but I read the article earlier today and I think its point wasn’t that Halloween didn’t hold up, but that it had been imitated so often that what was unique when it premiered is now a genre trope. To pull an example from another genre, it would be like being introduced to The Usual Suspects after growing up with Shyamalan movies. Shyamalan didn’t invent the twist ending, and only a couple of his movies do it well (I’m thinking of Sixth Sense and Unbreakable), but the audience has become inured to it.

  • XrabbitX

    I was born in ’79 and just watched the movie for the first time last year. I didn’t dislike it, but I was bored enough that I had to stop myself from nodding off a few times.

    I don’t like the original Halloween. It’s boring to me…and so what? Why does everyone need to feel compelled to like something you do?

  • Golic

    ‘Halloween’ gets so much more hype than it deserves IMO. I’m sure in it’s hay day, it was scary to people(LMFAO!); but lets be honest, that movie is laughable by today’s standards. I respect the film for historical reasons, but we can all stop pretending that ‘Halloween’ is anything but a B movie that without the “creepy” mask, no one would give the film a second thought.

  • Hatrick_Bateman

    Born in ’91 and my first recollection of Halloween was my cousin showing me H20 as a kid. It scared the crap out of me. I got hooked on that shit.
    I bought the special edition of Halloween the first chance I got and would watch it religiously. There’s just something about that film that’s special. This kickstarted my love for horror movies, anything around the 80′s period I find just has that same magic.
    I don’t find it weird that many people now would not think twice about watching it or watching it again.
    Some people are stupid and I think ignorant to anything before their time or anything that might be considered ‘old and lame’.
    I think now there really is only a special breed who appreciate great movies like this in our current culture.

  • Lonmonster

    If their thesis is based on a contingency of 10 people, I have no interest in their thoughts or the results. Terrible study.

  • RubenVeritas

    I was born 93 and Halloween was my greatest childhood obsession aside from Britney Spears lol. Now that I am older I am glad I love and honor the old classics and I hate all this new generic shit that has been put out like Conjuring, Insidious, Devil Inside, ETC. I have said many times before movie goers in this day and age have low standards.

  • eloycamacho

    I was born in ’92 and I first watched this film before my passion for horror films began, so I fell in love with it and I get really agitated when people don’t feel the same way about it.

  • ThunderDragoon

    It’s my favorite movie of all time so there’s nothing more I can really say. Although, I remember showing Halloween to my dad in 2009 and he thought it was boring. Different strokes for different folks. I do get wounded, though, when somebody I know personally doesn’t like it. Of course, I think that’s the way most people are with their favorite movie. The awesome thing is that nobody else’s opinion matters and I can just watch it as much as I want.

  • aka_scream

    I feel like people my age (born in 93) are only out for blood these days. Nobody wants to watch a movie with a good plot anymore. Just a few “scary” scenes put together. I think the fear that comes from watching a movie should not just be from specific scenes intended to scare but the story line behind them. I mean what is scarier than actually having to think and connect the ideas with the visual images when watching a movie?

  • EvilGuy

    I was born in ’96 and saw the original Halloween when i was waaay to young but loved it regardless and have ever since. I find it sad though that people my age are completely unaware of these classic horror movies, most of them don’t even realize that the remakes that are being released ARE remakes, because they’ve never heard of the originals. It makes me scared for this generation and the generations to come, to be honest with you.

  • MrMyers

    I was born in ’84.
    Halloween was the first proper horror film i watched (not sure you can count Beetlejuice,Critters or Gremlins!)when i was about 9 and it scared the living shit out of me!
    Its still my favourite horror film to this day (along with Dawn of the Dead ’78,damn that was a great year!)and i think it single handedly made me the horrorhound that i am.
    I completely understand why some may find it boring and not scary.Alot of that is as someone mentioned that its very simple,if the music and atmosphere dont get you from the start and youve seen countless copycat films that came after it may seem tame by todays standards.I guess some people dont get it and im fine with that.Everyone is scared by different things.For the people that dont think its scary,id be interested to hear what films they find scary.Black Xmas did pre date Halloween but ive never heard it was the inspiration.

  • anthonyd1

    Halloween is the best horror slasher ever made period! It is an iconic classic horror movie and it will always be one of my favorite movies ever!!!

  • Patrick-Cooper

    I bet those 10 boneheads love all the Scary Movies.

  • CurlyBurl

    Sounds like a pretty terrible study, really. Ten people?

  • illberightback

    My 2 cents Born in ’86 here. I’ll say this. When I first started reeealy getting into horror a while back, I watched Halloween for the the first time, and thought it was overrated. Not bad, but overrated. When I revisited the flick again, I remember, that’s when I fell in love with it. The scene with Mikey’s head emerging from the shadows… just classic. I also felt the same way about the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and now recognize them both as true classics of the genre, and masterpieces in film making. I believe it takes some time invested in the genre to fully appreciate the greatness of these flicks.

    And with that said, I STILL to this day think some classics are overrated. Not bad, again, overrated. Dawn of the Dead is the worst of the original trilogy, but gets remembered like it’s the greatest. Psycho is pretty boring, but has that masterful direction. Psycho II is a different beast, and the better flick, imo. And The Omen’s stop and go pacing really annoys me, though I know that script is pretty perfect.

    You can only hope that watching the film for the first time will make them explore the beautiful genre of horror a bit more.

  • YaegerTheArcticWolf

    Halloween is plenty before my time and I fucking love that movie, I think the remake of it by Rob Zombie is a piece of shit though, same thing with the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street series, all the originals kicked ass but these recent ones were total garbage, there’s nothing more entertaining in a horror movie than a bad guy who can walk after you and still catch you no matter how fast you run. That’s what makes that era of horror so special, you know no matter what Jason, Michael, or Freddy is going to catch up with you no matter what you do.

  • lucscs100

    I’m from ’98 (yeah, pretty young), and Halloween is on my Top 10 films EVER! I own the DVD, and pretty much adored it from the first viewing! I try to show it to all my friends and sometimes get frustrated when some of them say it’s funny, boring or corny. Recently, though, I showed it in my school in an English class and the result was quite satisfying. Most students loved it and we had quite some screams of pure terror during the screening…

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      Yay! I’m going to adopt you

  • Nick Mroz

    EST. 1984 here.

    I’m going to be an outlying factor since I was raised on horror movies. Everything from American Werewolf in London, Evil Dead 2, The Lost Boys, Nightmare on Elm Street, the works. I remember in school we’d check to see which kids would actually get to see rated R films which surprisingly a lot of us were while exchanging the blood code for Mortal Kombat. Today you have to respect films of the past, but most importantly understand what it took to make them. For example we can examine what were the standing elements and how was that ahead of its time.

    Personally I think them movie Halloween is great. It used the creepiness of an emotionless face and the simple hunter/prey suspense driven story telling.

    Today we have more of a jump scare vs. gore fest with little movies standing the balance between them. Though I’m a gore hound I’d like to see more balance between the two. Also I’d like to see it with less reliance on loud sound jump scare tactics which to me is lazy. I want an image that is straight up freaky like the last zombie of REC or the monster in MAMA.

  • gavinh2013

    I was born in 1992 and I had actually watched the remake before the original. With me being used to the “newer” horror movies that were released in the late ’90s and through the ’00s, I used to think any movie made before 1990 was old and unwatchable. Just the way they looked dated, some of the acting I would see on trailers or how bad the trailers were in the first place. I did give Halloween a try years ago after the remake and didn’t really like it.

    It did leave something inside me though, and I still went and bought the DVD, and then re-watched it, and now I have it on Blu-ray, twice, and after a while, I love the original Halloween. I think it was hard to get used to how horror movies were made before the whole CGI and glamorised look of the horror movies I was always watching. Now I can appreciate older horror movies thanks to Halloween. I watched the original Carrie the other day as I wanted to see it before the remake and I loved it. I think if I had of watched Carrie before Halloween changed my perspective on classic horror movies, I don’t think I would have liked it. So thank you Halloween for making me see the light!

  • Jasonicus

    Some people just find horror in general to not be scary. It isn’t an interest for them so they just don’t get it. Much like I don’t get romantic comedies or people who like them. Different strokes.

  • horrorking95

    It was only a 1-10 scariness level. I don’t find Halloween very scary at all. Very few films scare me, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t like them. I love Halloween!

  • woodchipper75

    When my nephew first showed an interest in horror movies, we started with the originals (Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc) before he was allowed to even think about watching the remakes. He’s about to turn 13 and Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street are two of his favorites.

  • bluebottle

    I love The Beatles, but I’m not a huge Elvis fan. I appreciate the influence Elvis had on The Beatles, but he just doesn’t do it for me.

    That’s the only comparison I can make in my attempt to see it from their perspective.

    The only thing more depressing than this “study” would be if they had done a comparison between the Carpenter classic and the Rob Zombie abomination. With the results showing they preferred the Rob Zombie pos.

  • VoicesCounselMe

    I was born in ’93, so for those of you horridly bad at math, that makes me 20. I’m old. Anyway, the first time I saw Halloween, I was 10 and it terrified me. Michael Myers is THE most intimidating horror icon of all time, IMHO. As the article states, if it weren’t for John Carpenter and Halloween, horror wouldn’t be what it is today. Carpenter and Halloween have inspired so many horror greats and yeah, one of those is probably the most successful horror franchise of all time, Friday the 13th. I’d say Friday is more successful than Halloween only because it has a better amount of sequels that don’t suck than Halloween does but that’s an entirely different conversation.

    When it comes down to it, John Carpenter’s Halloween is my favorite movie of all time and when I was it when I was 10, I didn’t watch all of it. I chickened out, I just couldn’t do it. So about a year or so after, I watched it again and while it didn’t absolutely “terrify” me, I understood it and I put myself in the shoes of somebody that would’ve been seeing it for the first time back in ’78 or even the early ’80s and Halloween, simply put, is a horror masterpiece. It’s really disappointing that most of modern-youth’s judgment of what’s “scary” and what isn’t is clouded by all of the nonsensical gory and stupid “jump scare” movies we have being released every year. That’s not to say there haven’t been some good ones over the last few years, there have.

    Point is though, in order for a horror film to be considered “scary” by today’s standards, it seems like it has to be loaded with buckets and buckets of blood, demonic possession, insane amounts of vocal profanity and unnecessary “jump” scares. Do we really need an exorcism-based movie every year or a new Paranormal Activity or a gore-fest where there’s literally gallons of blood pouring out of someone? No.. Halloween IS a classic for many reasons and while it did produce a number of sequels, (some of which were good, most bad)none of them even come close to the greatness that is the original. I know this was supposed to be a post about how I feel about Halloween and it kinda spiraled out of control, a little bit.. but Halloween is a staple when it comes to horror. Without a doubt the greatest indie film of all time, I think. It’s just a shame that more people don’t appreciate it for the masterpiece it is just because in their opinion, it doesn’t stand up to today’s horror films because it lacks the absurd things they THINK it requires to make it a good horror film. Just put yourself in the shoes of somebody seeing it for the first time in ’78 or seeing it for the first time on HBO or whatever in the early ’80s.. or renting it from Blockbuster.

    If it weren’t for Halloween, horror wouldn’t be what it is today. I love it, it’s my favorite movie of all time and I’ll defend it whenever I can, given the opportunity.

  • TAINTEDBYFIRE

    ’89 One year off but I didn’t watch it until 1999. The first time I watched it it was very suspenseful seeings how I was younger. To this day I love the movie as well as most of the other Halloweens. Unfortunately, my generation and all the generations after me do not appreciate older movies in general, let alone older horror movies. To me, most of the best horror movies are the ones that were made back in the day but that’s coming from someone who enjoys silent films such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) and Phantom Of the Opera (1925) to name a few. I can’t picture what the world would be like without Michael Myers.

  • AmnesiaTDD

    I was born in 1996, so I am 17 years of age. I personally love the Halloween franchise. Mind you though, I did no find the original film to be the best in the series. My favorite was actually the sequel, Halloween 2. I can’t really explain why I liked it the best, as describing anything is not really my forte. However, I still believe that the first Halloween was a very important staple in the horror/slasher movie genre and I just think that people owe it far more credit than they do. As stated in the above article, movies franchises such as “Friday the Thirteenth” owe their very existence to it.

    • AmnesiaTDD

      *not find

      *movie franchises

    • jchano123

      I couldn’t agree more.

  • Gorkaas

    ’76. I had a roommate a few years ago who was born in ’89. He generally has decent taste in movies but had missed out on a few classics like Jaws and Halloween. I showed him both flicks. Obviously he loved Jaws, because who doesn’t, but he hated Halloween. At first I was almost personally insulted, but his reasoning made sense from his perspective: he grew up in the post-Halloween era and had seen so many other slasher films that everything in Halloween seemed like a cliche to him.

    For me on the other hand, this movie absolutely drips with dread. I think it’s one of the blackest, most forlorn and depressing movies ever made, and for that reason alone it’ll always be in my top 10.

  • flesheater24

    1984 right here :) but I watched horror movies since I was 8 nightmare on elm street was my first one then friday the 13th I must of saw holloween when I was like 11 or something I think. This movie is such a classic.

  • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

    Pretentious hipsters. Sorry, but anyone, who’s “frightened” by Lady In The Water doesn’t have much of opinion on horror at all. In fact, that person’s opinion is as worthless as a pound of dog shit.

    I’m 26, and I can still appreciate and respect Halloween 78′s legacy with no problem, and I own the damn thing on various DVD special editions.

    Paranormal Activity doesn’t have a single film in the series that’s capable of measuring up to Halloween or anything that’s capable of coming close for that matter. The same thing can be said about Saw. And still haven’t seen the Carrie remake, but I’m willing to bet it doesn’t come close to matching the quality of the original in any way shape or form.

    I love bloody and gore and all that stuff, but that’s what pisses me off about a lot of modern day mainstream horror. Filmmakers are so obsessed with blood, gore, and dismembered bodies for R rated films, and cheap jump scares for PG-13 films. How many times have we all seen the LAME mirror jump scare? You know, someone’s looking in the mirror, nothing is behind them. They look away for one second, or the person bends to pick something up, and when they look in the mirror again, surprise! There’s a ghost or zombie or something standing behind them. Ugh.

  • RickGrimesRightHand

    I think expectation and short attention spans are flat out ruining film, music and any form of art. It’s not good enough to just watch a film or Tv show and just accept it for what it is, audiences feel they have to be woed and pandered to or they’ll just bash it. As social media increases in popularity, people feel like what they have to say is more important than it is.

  • jacobbullardd

    I was born in ’97. I’ve seen the movie multiple times on multiple different formats, but recently I bought the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray. I watched it in awe. Unfortunately, I have been numbed by scares and don’t get scared at horror films much anymore. I can still say that the suspense of this film is killer. I can’t watch this film alone. This film holds up, not only through the years of horror, but through my higher expectation of scares. Even if someone thinks that this film isn’t scary, the film is still beautifully made anyway. This film is gold and will never die.

  • jaboc123

    I really feel like it’s mostly just because of how different things are now. Halloween might seem quite tame to a lot of younger people. The movie is a little slow paced at times and with people’s attention span not being what it used to be, I could see lots of people getting bored. I was born in 1978, I think Halloween is a great horror franchise but I prefer Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street series. I consider Halloween a classic and a must see for everyone.

  • doomas10

    ’87 hear! and I watched when I was 17! and i had seen at that point my generation’s trademark horror films – Scream, Final Destination, etc. I thought it was brilliant and unbelievably scary mainly because I love films and do a lot of research about them in the first place! But even now that I am showing it to my friends on our films nights, they say that it is not something special or unique – these people are approaching 30′s but they are not actively involved with films. My main point is that people who really dig films can appreciate now Halloween. The majority watches films to entertain and not to discuss them afterwards. Thus something so “simple” at that time such as Halloween or The Exorcist or even Alien seems ridiculs to them now. Who cares? Halloween rocks!!!

  • joeshmo447

    95, being a kid I really grew up watching things like saw, the ring, wrong turn, and then occasionally a classic like Texas chainsaw that scared the crap outta me! I was probably waaay to young to see that, because we rented it on dvd and while everyone fell asleep before the movie ended I was stuck watching it all night and once the movie is over it goes back to the options menu and all night long id be listening to loud chainsaw noises and screaming. My mom loves the first NOES and most of the F13 and Halloween movies so that’s how I got into them,but I really found most of the old classics like the first Halloween and evil dead by online when I got bored. I was (and still am) a pretty big horror fan and so would type in “best horror movies all time” and shit like that and things like evil dead, suspiria, alien, and poltergeist would come up and I’d really enjoy them:) after all that now I think I found I like a lot of horror movies and I don’t really listen to people that shit on movies I like

  • harrynico4

    96′ and it’s interesting cause I just had a conversation the other day about how Halloween is one of the few older horror movies that can still genuinely scare me. Just the whole idea of someone constantly looking at you and following you around is so creepy, and that first part of the movie before he even kills anyone is so intense on its own.

  • Bret-Gammons

    I love horror movies. I have always loved horror, and I mean that as literally as possible. Since I was a small child, I have been enamored by stories of vampires and silent serial killers and the like. Poe and Ketchum are two of my favorite writers. Cronenberg is one of my favorite directors. From ‘Freaks’ to ‘Sinister,’ from ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘Poultrygeist,’ I love horror.

    Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I have some confessions to make. Horror doesn’t scare me. Films do not scare me. I like horror for reasons other than my own personal fear. So I do not like ‘Halloween’ because it scares me*. In fact, I think ‘Halloween’ is overrated. I am not saying it is bad. Far from it. I just think its quality is exaggerated. (Really, virtually any film with a reputation such as its must be overrated.) ‘Halloween’ would not make my list (not that I would ever make one) of best horror films. Most important? Absolutely, without question. Best? Not quite. I’ve seen ‘Halloween’ at least a dozen times, and I like it. I just don’t love it.

    That said, anyone familiar with math or science knows that a sample of ten people is not adequate. These “findings” mean nothing.

    *Really, art is subjective enough without throwing something like fear into the discussion.

  • Stelian

    I was born in 1995 and the movie really scared me when I watched it about 2 years ago. I mean, it was suspenseful, just like a great thriller.

  • Lloyd-Emmons

    I was born in 1990 and just got back a few hours ago from a midnight showing of Halloween. I have grown up watching everything from Halloween to Puppet Master. I own over 300 horror movies, mostly from the 70′s and 80′s. Halloween is a classic, brilliant movie. I love slasher movies to death, but let’s be honest, there are very few gems out there. Halloween is one of these, no matter how many years have passed.

  • Lloyd-Emmons

    Also, that picture. Right there at the top, still gives me chills.

  • Krug09

    Watching the sequels first then the original does make the original less scary somehow, i know it does. i am 88. when i first saw it and i cant tell you when i thought the film was a bit overrated after buying the blu ray, i have been able to appreciate it more, the movie is well made and gets better everytime i see. similar to the original chainsaw film. i went from just thinking its ok to liking it. So over time maybe i will love it. I still call it one of my favorites because i love the sequels like 2 and 4 so much. The film is scary like when tommy sees myers carrying annie. i think thats so iconic, scary and culture changing. especially that they were watching old films on tv of classic horror. its like saying “that was a movie but this is real!” brilliant.

  • mblood93

    I’m currently 20, and Halloween is my all time favorite horror film! I saw it when I was 15, and it’s what inspired me to be an aspiring film director and screenwriter in particular.

    I think my generation has no ability to open their minds to anything classic or old, like Halloween. I remember some girl at my school saying that she saw Cujo recently and thought it was somewhat scary but corny overall. WTF??? I’d understand if she was talking about a Sy-fy original movie, but Cujo? And I can imagine people like her saying the same thing about Halloween. “It’s corny, it’s cliché, why did she drop the knife? This is so stupid!” That’s part of why I hate my generation, among other things.

  • HorrorLover995

    It’s really sad yes, that a group of college kids disliked the film. But you have to remember that the target audience was teens and young adults back in the 70′s who knew that there wasn’t much blood, or just endless orgy’s that were gonna be in the film. That being said, this generation has lost a decent amount of hope from me for what they feel is a “good horror movie” which probably consists of gore, lots of sex, and stupid characters that never develop enough in the story.

    That also being said, I’m only 18, and watched Halloween the first time when I was 13. I knew the year it was made didn’t have super special effects or a whopping budget but I kept my mind open and now I own the entire franchise. Halloween isn’t “Corny” as that college student may have said, they didn’t bother to think ‘Hey this is a 70′s flick, it’s not going to be super crazy like these day-n-age horror films, but I should keep my mind open to it.’

    Halloween was a great horror film that reinvented the slasher genre. It didn’t have buckets of gore, instead it made you think ‘there’s something in the dark with me and it’s not going to end well.’ it let your imagination do the creation of the “Bogeyman” and made you sit on the edge of your seat screaming at the television, “HE’S BEHIND YOU!!!!!!!” That’s one the best parts of the Halloween franchise. You never knew where Michael Myers actually was, All you knew was that he was on the loose, and could literally be hiding in a closet in your house, or watching you silently in the shadows. So for college students to flat out call it “stupid” and “corny” is really low. They never gave it the right chance and special attention for it to show that it was a phenomenal scary movie.

  • RickGrimesRightHand

    When the movie was originally made they showed it at some colleges in the seventies without the soundtrack and pretty much got the same reaction. Then Carpenter gave it that famous soundtrack and people came around.

  • mattsyl

    ’97 here and I love the original Halloween. I feel I may not be a good representation for everyone in my generation though because I want to go into film as a career, so I feel like I at least appreciate the classics more than others.

    I feel like it’s the perfect film to watch to get you in the Halloween spirit. Although in today’s standards it isn’t exactly the most frightening of movies, the fantastic suspense and setting make it apparent why it’s held in such high esteem.

  • Josh

    I was born in 1991. Growing up I had the benefit of parents who were very lax about movie ratings and grandparents with an odd habit of recording pretty much every movie that played on HBO for close to a decade, hundreds of tapes with just about every movie available. From a young age I’ve spent a lot of time watching horror movies with my siblings and cousins.

    I can’t actually pinpoint the first time I saw the original Halloween though I’m fairly sure I saw one of the sequels first. Overall I’m a much bigger fan the old Universal Monsters films than I am slashers, and even then I’m much more drawn to Nightmare on Elm Street just for the crazy imagery that gets employed there but I must say I find Carpenters original Halloween film to be very effective, still, even after seeing it dozens of times.

    I most recently saw it 3 weeks ago at a drive in screening. Overall I find the film still builds its atmosphere quite well. I wouldn’t say the film is slow but it certainly takes its time, much to its benefit. I find the first person shots in the beginning of the film, when Michael murders his sister to be very disturbing, presaging this years hypnotic Maniac remake by decades. The music of course is as iconic as any other score from any movie of the past 40 years. Most everyone knows it even if they haven’t seen it.

    That aspect of the film, the extent to which it has been adopted into our pop culture, and rehashed through its own sequels and many imitators, might detract from the film in some people’s eyes, but even if the film does rely on certain tropes that it popularized, I feel they are still so well employed as to be effective.

    One thing I personally really love, that others may find a bit overwrought is the dialogue in the film. I love Donald Pleasence’s performance as Dr. Loomis as he very much reminds me of older iterations of other monster hunting Doctors like Van Helsing. His dialogue and warnings of the danger Myers represents perfectly fits that kind of character. There are other moments that just really add to the dread and the atmosphere and the themes. I love that bit with Laurie going through the kid’s comic books. “What are these? Radio active Man? Ultraman? Tarantula Man?” “Laurie, what’s the Boogieman?” I love then how Laurie reprises it in the end. Is it naturalistic? Probably not, but I would argue it isn’t corny but rather fits the tone of this film perfectly. Great stuff.

  • bluedecember

    I weep for this generation of youths. Halloween is the ultimate horror movie. Thank goodness my sons are on my side. They love the classic horror movies I have shown them over the years.

  • undertaker78

    I know this isn’t the same thing but I just watched Deep Red for the first time yesterday and loved it. Both movies are roughly around the same time. Mind you I’m a horror fanatic and hate pretty much every other genre (I wish I didn’t but I do).

    Halloween is a classic and it’s hard to picture anyone thinking it’s LOL worthy. I want to slap these ignorant fools. ;)

  • heilong79

    As others have said, you have to get into Horror when you are young to really appreciate it. Some over PC parents might not let little Timmy watch horror films so its not little Timmys fault he is ignorant of what make a classic a classic.

  • Morefunthanastick

    I was born in 1987, and while I am considered a “Millenial” at this ripe age of 25, I also consider myself an appreciator of old timey things.

    Halloween is not only a master work, it is and always will be one of the driving inspirations behind some of the greatest horror films ever made. Without it’s cheesy (but effective) slasher stylings, we would not have seen a start to the slasher subgenre, and we’d be missing some iconic figures in a long line.

    I have watched the original Halloween I don’t how many times in my lifetime, and while I don’t consider it to be “scary” I still respect and revere it for what it is. Appreciation can come in the form of smiles and laughs, as well as screams of terror.

  • CaptainHowdee

    I’m quite possibly the youngest person on this site, so I’ll give this my two cents.

    I was born in ’98 and I absolutely adore Halloween. In fact, the original Halloween was what got me into horror. When I was five years old I turned on the TV to see that Halloween was playing, I liked it so much that I rented the rest of the series (Halloween 1-5) on VHS from my local video store. I loved them. I really did. Of course, the version I saw at the time was censored since it was on cable, but I loved the feel that those movies gave me, the feeling of excitement and fear. Halloween will always have a place in my heart.

  • Kelsi Kramer

    Um I personally love that movie. I don’t really understad why others in my generation wouldn’t.

    • Kelsi Kramer

      *understand*

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    Again, someone whose opinion doesnt count speaking up (1980). Let me first say that for the record, I love Halloween. My second favorite horror movie.My opinion is that the scariest parts of Halloween have you using your imagination and invoke your empathy for the characters. MOST (not all) millenials don’t want to have to work that hard. They would like their violence to take place in broad daylight with someone strapped to a table. The same test group should be shown the brutal Rob Zombie remake and see if they find it any scarier.

  • WFWcontact

    Okay, so I was born in 1989 so I’m sure my opinion is null and void; however, I am going to give my opinion on the film and why I distrust most people in the way of opinions. I’ve always been fascinated by Halloween and that hasn’t changed- which is evident by every new version of the film that is released, I always have to own. In my opinion, it has always been the one film to scare the hell out of me. And it isn’t just me, it’s other kids my age. I remember in 10th grade, I played the theme song in the middle of October and half the kids on my football team told me to shut it off. It was terrifying and still is.

    I don’t trust most people when giving a review or their opinion on a movie. People will say that something isn’t scary just so they appear to be more macho than the next guy. These are the same people who saw the ending of “Saw” a mile away (pun intended). The age group we are currently in turn their backs to what actually frightens them to appear “bigger” than the next man.

    And the article above is completely right. I bet you have about a 20% rating on the new generation if they thought Citizen Kane was a good film– that doesn’t make it so. It is a great film whether people want to admit that fact or not. Black and white films aren’t something most people really like today.

    Also, in today’s society is almost impossible to wholly concentrate on a film. Something’s always more pressing on twitter, facebook, or in general their phones. I mean the movie theater isn’t even a safe refuge anymore to escape problems. And hell, I’m tying this while a movie is playing but I felt the need to put in my two cents.

    Overall, I played this not long ago to my cousins who were born post Millennium and it scared the hell out of them. The film has held up really well and I trust the opinions of those because I actually got to see their reactions. Those people listed in the article (to me) are just nameless people who decided to say “No way that could scare me!” when in reality it probably did. Or, they just went into it thinking “Nah”

  • The_Shape7

    I was born in 1984 and saw the original in 1993 and have loved it ever since. JC’s classic will always stand the test of time for me and great horror flick to introduce to others who enjoy suspense and slow burners.

  • KairaR

    I was born in 1990 and lets be honest, Halloween is the greatest movie of all time. It is my all time favorite, I watch it all year round, and talk about Michael Myers on a daily basis. Whoever these college students were, they obviously do not understand what a quality movie is and were probably on their phones the entire time anyway.

  • Szak

    Born in 1991. Gotta say, Halloween is one damn good movie and franchise. Although it may not be “scary” to some, it’s still terrific. Watched it and have been a fan of Michael Myers for years! The characters are great and the way their stories intertwine is as well.

  • ConcreteBalloon

    ’94 here. I grew up with a lot of “Classic” horror, like way back. My favorite movies when I was about 5 years old, were the 1930′s (I believe) monster movies with Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney. Black and white makes no difference to me, sometimes I prefer it. Halloween is a classic to me as well and its part of my childhood so that’s a reason I like it so much.

  • jacksie77

    i was born in 1977. what the hell does that matter, does it make me more qualified to have an opinion that someone younger than me.
    personally i think this is one of the most over rated films ever made, not scary or creepy at all. i know I’m in the minority and it is regarded a classic. I first saw this when I was a pre teen and at that age it should have been scary.

    To the writer of this article, I don’t see how you can consider someone stupid just because they don’t like a film. You like Iron Man, I think that’s a stupid film, not that you are stupid. although writing an article calling people stupid for not sharing your opinion doesn’t put you in the best light

  • tHeShApE89

    89. My account name is tHeShApE of course I like Halloween. 2 takes the cake though. But honestly its only ten people. Thank God John Carpenter came up with the idea of the shape and took it to where it went. Stry, Music, and Shots.

  • mnale1

    “Halloween” was undoubtably one of the scariest movies made. “Jaws” and “The Exorcist” are probably the only other two movies of that decade, or EVER to have as big or bigger impact on an audience. The problem is the movies scariness was based on the surprise element that he would not die. Once the surprise is gone it is no longer scary. Since then, everyone else has copied the formula of this film. I don’t care if you were born in the 60′s like I was, or in the 90′s. If you saw “Friday the 13th” and “Saw” before “Halloween” then “Halloween” is not gonna be scary. On the other hand, if you saw “Halloween” first, as I did, then “Halloween” is scarier. I’m a Michael Myers fanatic, but lets be honest here. It gets hard to scare people with an already known character. Wes Craven did things right when he made Freddy funny because after the first movie he just wasn’t gonna be that scary any more. Today you have to be really creative to scare people because most everything has been done. That is why horror movies have gotten gorier and gorier. “If you can’t scare them then make them puke.” Most people’s scariest movie is gonna be the FIRST really good one, what ever that is. “Halloween” was the first of the slasher films for me, so I have a special bond with that.

  • Psycho_Tinker_Baby19

    I was born in 90 but I really do enjoy the Halloween franchise I really do relate to Michael Myers. I also think that if your family was not into the whole holiday will not have the same love for the franchise as the rest of us. There are also some people that think that the Rob Zombie’s remake was way better than the original and to that I say you must have been dropped on your head when you were a baby, no I’m not saying that the remake was not good just not as good as the original. Another thing I want to point out and this is about more than the Halloween franchise but all of the older horror films are a hell of a lot better than a lot of the newer horror films there have been a few really good ones in the last couple of years but most of them are crap.

  • luticrist

    I’ve been trying to understand this. I was born in 82, love the holiday and therefore love all the Halloween films. But the original is a classic. The remake was horrible and I agree with John Carpenter’s opinion that explaining Michael was a huge mistake. I know people who love the first half of Rob Zombie’s remake, the “psychology” which is very cookie cutter and he contradicts in the sequel. One I think unless these people were open to the film from the beginning they won’t be able to appreciate it. It reminds me of the music my parents used to make me listen to that I gained appreciation for after my dad died, now I love it. Or old films, black and white or not I had no interest in so no matter how good it was I wasn’t going to like or feel it. I think in a similar manner I have always wondered if people who don’t believe in God or any sort of after life can be scared by The Exorcist. People who hate horror wouldn’t appreciate Halloween. Or people who think the new generation of blood porn “horror” that is more about trying to make you cringe, rather than scare you. Old school seems to be making some comeback with the Paranormal films, but I don’t know that they did as well as the Saw series and Hostel. Plus if they were tweeting during the film, which is basically removing themselves from the movie none of it would affect them. I know in theaters I take myself out of the film sometimes because I have more fun watching the reaction of the audience getting scared than the move so when I feel a scare coming up I’ll look around and it really takes me out of the film. “Kids these days” are more interested in being douchey. Too cool for things, nothing impresses them, nothing affects them. They remove themselves from everything emotionally and mentally. Which, again, they probably did by tweeting during the entire film and rolling their eyes at anything the minute it started to affect them.

  • Lexaeus53

    I was born in 1990 and I think Halloween was a brilliant film. I watched the movie again 2 days ago and it was still as fantastic as the first time I saw it. John Carpenter is a genius and The Thing is my favorite movie of all time. I think the type of classic horror is lost now a days to people who just want to see blood and guts continuously over 90 minutes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • mnale1

    Rob Zombies movies really were not bad, but it should have been another movie with different characters. Explaining Michael is a major mistake and turning Loomis into a douche bag was disastrous. Rob did some good things with sound effects and the acting between Scout & Danielle was awesome. The death of Annie in Rob’s “Halloween 2″ was the only horror scene that moved me that much. These movies really need to be watched as if they were originals or you just get disappointed if you try to compare them to the original. I know Rob Zombie didn’t want to do a carbine copy of the original, and I can respect that but he took to many liberties to change major things. Give them new characters and a new title and they were good, otherwise he just f*** up a classic.

  • feffiloceraptor

    I was born in 1991, and I love Halloween. It’s not loaded with tons of special effects and you can tell it’s an older movie, but that doesn’t take away from how scary it is. Maybe I only think it’s scary because I too babysat kids overnight, in the fall, as a teenager.. But it really is a scary movie. It’s more “real life” than a lot of today’s horror movies, it’s just a girl being stalked by a madman. It could happen to anybody, to me that is the scary part. Not seeing bodies ripped in half or people having limbs hacked off or other extreme special effects, like in today’s horror movies. It’s more of a, “Wow that could actually happen” type of movie to me, and those always freak me out more.

  • honeybee

    I was born in 1979. I grew up with the horror movies of the 70′s and 80′s. I remember that The Exorcist was the end-all of horror movies growing up. I actually didn’t even watch it until I was in around 24/25. By that time it was so known and talked about that it seemed very cliche’. Even though it wasn’t. So when I had friends tell me that it was the scariest thing they had ever seen, I was kinda let down.

    Not to say that the Exorcist is a bad movie or isn’t scary, but over time I think it lost something. And without nostalgia to bring back those memories of initial terror it just didn’t bring the impact I hoped it would.

  • wehoaks

    Mainstream Media? Sounds like one dude polled 10 people and wrote the results. Hardly worthy of an essay in response. One full of pissiness to boot.

  • dnrcrs

    I was born in ’87, but didn’t see Halloween until I was 16. To this day, it is one of the scariest films I’ve ever experienced. Myers was a force…an unexplained, unpredictable, unhinged force. That type person combined with a motive in a setting as secure as suburbia…that haunts you.