Check out this spooky edition of CINEMA REMEMBERED from another holiday earlier in the year, HALLOWEEN. This old school slasher helped invent the sub-genre, breaking through into the mainstream.

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That Moment

THIS WEEK:John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978): An escaped madman puts on a mask and stalks a babysitter in this legendary horror film that gave birth to the slasher genre.

HOW THE MOMENT STARTS: A young man heads to the kitchen to fetch a post-coital beer.

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THE PREFACE: John Carpenter helmed this Midnight Screening indie that broke through into the mainstream. The simple premise of a babysitter attacked by a madman, was one we could all relate to. We’ve either been the child or the babysitter. The idea of a masked man with a knife chasing you around the house is your worst nightmare. Carpenter embellished every Moment he could.

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Because of the blockbuster success, tons of slasher imitators rode the coattails of Halloween. Stuff like Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street owe a lot to John Carpenter’s cult classic. However, none of…

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