Halloween (1978)

1h 31m / R / Thriller

The script for the original 1978 Halloween was written in 10 days, which… yeah, actually seems like plenty of time, come to think of it. It’s a pretty terse movie: silent killer menaces teens, travels with unsettling quickness but only when off camera, murders many, can’t be stopped. How many pages do you need?

But that simplicity is a virtue; Halloween’s premise is simple but contains everything necessary. It takes the tension and psychological terror of a Hitchcock movie, strips out everything but the bare plot, and renders the audience complicit and uncomfortable by forcing the perspective of the monster – the infamously masked Michael Myers – on them. It’s so powerful a filmic gut-punch that it ushered in a new Golden Age of slasher film and permanently influenced the direction of a whole genre of movies for decades to come.


What better way to complement the OG slasher film than with a blood drive? OneBlood will be at Tampa Theatre with the Big Red Bus from 1:00-5:00pm Sunday, Oct. 31 taking donations (we were serious about the blood). Donors will receive a cancer awareness T-shirt and socks PLUS an eGift Card from OneBlood, and a FREE movie ticket to Tampa Theatre, valid for Nosferatu, Shadow of a Vampire, Halloween, or any other regular film screening through October 2022.

The “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” series is presented by 13 Ugly Men.