There are many reasons why Carpenter's first venture into the horror genre is still considered so powerful and effective to this day; the fantastic ability of its director to make use of every aspect of the frame means that the audience unknowingly find themselves clambering around in their seat as they try to check in every nook and cranny for the bloodthirsty killer; or the chilling, cold and ultimately memorable electronic score that still has the ability to send a shiver down many a spine. What's more, the style, structure and plot seen in Halloween remains overtly recognisable and still serves as the archetypal template for the slasher picture to this day.
Carpenter's monumental Halloween will always have a place in the canon of American horror movies and seems destined to be continuously discussed by fans, film critics and academics alike. Most importantly, however, it serves as exceedingly high quality entertainment that does everything a good horror movie should. Throughout, Carpenter's iconic frightener leaves you feeling unsafe even in your own home, mindfully wary of that shadowy stranger across the darkened street - just as Hitchcock et al. did so masterfully in countless classics before it.