Here’s something for Halloween (1978) to think about from its most famous imitator. This entire opening sequence unfolds without a single line of dialogue, yet the interplay of the sound and the camera tells you everything that you need to know. And what’s probably coming next. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham.
John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is great for many reasons, not the least of which is its theme music. The urgency of the 5/4 piano motif above ominous synthesizer orchestration, all performed by Carpenter himself, distills the pomp of giallo prog rock to a proto-New Wave, Zen-like meditation of one’s own imminent and bloody demise. Composed by John Carpenter.
Count Orlok (Max Schreck) reveals himself to the dwindling crew of the Empusa. Directed by F. W. Murnau.
Dr. Seward (Richard E. Grant) interviews Renfield (Tom Waits). Watch for Seward to grab the wrong side of his neck after Renfield attacks him vampire-style. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) tries to close the Lament Configuration before the Cenobites find her. Directed by Clive Barker.