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Murray Leeder


The 1970s represented an unusually productive and innovative period for the horror film, and John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) is the film that capped that golden age — and some say ruined it, by ushering in the era of the slasher film. Considered a paradigm of low-budget ingenuity, its story of a seemingly unremarkable middle-American town becoming the site of violence on October 31 struck a chord within audiences. The film became a surprise hit that gave rise to a lucrative franchise, and it remains a perennial favourite. Much of its success stems from the simple but strong constructions of ... More

Keywords: horror film, Halloween, slasher film, Laurie Strode, Dr. Loomis, Michael Myers, ghost film, evil, killer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781906733797
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Murray Leeder, author
University of Manitoba