New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 32

her innocence as the evening’s horrific events plunge her into maturity. Kudos to the lighting of Dean Cundey, who would go on to become one of Hollywood’s most in demand cinematographers. The character of Michael Myers is one of cinema’s most iconic, but it’s a ridiculously simplistic costume. The mask was actually a William Shatner mask found by production designer Tommy Lee Wallace, who sprayed it white, cut holes in the eyes and tousled the hair to give it the creepy look we know so well. Carpenter’s friend Nick Castle played the killer, and his subtle movements add an extra dimension of creepiness. Myers was also played by Debra Hill (the hands of the eight year old Myers in the opening sequence) and Tony Moran (the face revealed when the mask is eventually removed). Unlike the imitations whi ch would follow, there’s nary a drop of blood spilled onscreen. Despite this, or arguably because of this, the movie is absolutely terrifying. The final 20 minutes, in which Curtis is stalked by Myers through the normally safe environs of a suburban street, is for me the highlight of a hundred plus years of cinema. There’s barely a word of dialogue; it’s visual film-making at its finest. Never have camera movement, framing, lighting and editing been combined in such a chilling manner. If an alien landed and asked me what makes cinema great, I would simply show them the shot of Curtis framed in a doorway as Myers rises from the dead behind her. That’s cinema! That’s John Carpenter! That’s Halloween! 5 stars out of 5 2015 - ISSUE 10 32