John Carpenter’s Halloween and its Enduring Influence on the Slasher Genre

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Few horror films have carved a legacy as enduring and influential as John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 slasher Halloween. With its minimalist suspense, moody aesthetic, and chilling piano score, Halloween established the template for the wave of slashers that dominated horror through the 1980s and beyond. Through decades of sequels and reboots, Michael Myers remains a seminal boogeyman. But Carpenter’s true impact resonates in Halloween’s creative DNA that shaped countless genre films to follow. By distilling … Read The Full Article