10 Things You Learn Rewatching Halloween (1978)

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As October grows increasingly closer, horror fans have a lot to be excited about. There are all the regular annual reasons for the season and Halloween festivities, but there's also something much bigger on the horizon: the release of a new Halloween film.

Started 40 years ago to the month, Halloween is one of the longest-running horror franchises in film history. In total, there are ten films - with the eleventh one being released this year - Of those ten films, at least four of them could be considered reboots. It's a horror franchise unlike any other, with a mythology that is either densely complex or bare-bones simple depending on which film you're watching.

But as writers of the new film, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, have confirmed, the upcoming sequel will feature hat-tips and references to each and every prior film in the franchise. And so, as we count the days until the new film's release, let's dive in.

This week's film is John Carpenter's Halloween. The original, the one that started it all. Released all the way back in 1978 and made on a shoe-string budget, does it still hold up? Is it every bit the masterpiece that it once was? And what does it tell us about the future of the franchise?

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