Halloween
Courtesy of Compass International Pictures

I’ve read that anxious people like rewatching movies because it removes some of the “what’s going to happen next?!” anxiety. As an anxious person, it rings true for me. But that’s not the case with Halloween. No matter how many times I watch John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic—and at 37, I estimate I’ve seen it roughly 31 times—it never gets old and the scares never stop. Maybe this time Linda won’t get Bob’s ghost; surely Jamie—er, Laurie—won’t drop the needle. Sure, I can narrate the film from first clown mask to last missing body, but Michael Myers’ stalking of the babysitters of Haddonfield has yet to cease making me jump every October. It’s the film that made me fall in love with horror, the one I’m constantly comparing all other scary movies to, and, for good reason: It’s the one that unleashed all the ’80s slasher movies. From the score to the gore, it nails the formula. I’m not the only one who feels this way: In 2006, Halloween was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, which notes, “Halloween, unlike many later films of that genre, creates a chilling tension with minimal blood and gore. … Although the numerous imitations and elements of the genre are now considered a cliché, Carpenter’s style of point-of-view shots, tense editing and haunting piano score make Halloween uniquely artistic, frightening and a horror film keystone.” This Halloween, catch the classic, via a restored and remastered digital print, on the big screen at Arlington Drafthouse. Halloween plays at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. arlingtondrafthouse.com. $10.

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