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Four films into his career and John Carpenter hits one out of the park and creates the slasher horror genre in the process.

And yet it’s hard to recall from a personal perspective when exactly Halloween entered my consciousness.

Released the same year that I was born, one could argue that this movie and I were intrinsically connected, if you were that way inclined.

I for one have found myself constantly drawn to the dark arts of the silver screen and it only seems natural that a movie of this pedigree would enter my periphery at some stage in my life, coupled with my growing love of Carpenter’s movies that stayed with me throughout my childhood, a connection would be inevitable.

Looking back, it’s hard to see the world of horror movies without this as part of its canon.

It’s a movie that started a whole new genre of film (some may argue that 1974’s Black Christmas was the film that started it all, but it’s impact would never be as great) and it has been mimicked and repeated ever since.
Without it, Friday the 13th may never have existed. Victor Miller may have been guided be a completely different movie when coming up with the ‘horror movie template’ and the movie world would be a very different place indeed.

I think you get the point that I’m driving at, that this was a defining moment in cellular history and I’ve relished it ever since.

It’s the kind of movie that, when I first set up Surgeons of Horror, I knew that I wanted to discuss with my fellow surgeons and it was indeed the original impetus for putting together the podcast. Fate would have us steer down a completely different path however with Wes Craven’s untimely passing refocusing our directive for Season 1.

Now though, we are halfway through the John Carpenter: Early Years Sessions and finally at a point to talk about this much-heralded movie, but where does one begin?

Hopefully the following podcast will be of worthy listening, we certainly had fun discussing it. We hope that you do too.

– Saul Muerte