viewers in peril: halloween
charlotte and i got into the rip spirit and watched “halloween” 1 & 2 on saturday and followed it with numbers 4 & 5 in the week. well, actually our reason for watching them was more incidental – charlotte had a big ol’ hangover and wanted to watch “halloween” to cheer herself up. and then we sort of got into the swing of the halloween thing…
we won’t be watching 6 -8 just yet, ’cause while we were watching #2 the fairy lights in our living room suddenly started flashing by themselves. charlotte was really spooked and since i’m flying to south africa for a week on saturday, she decided that was enough of “halloween” for now 🙂
the films really hit the spot for charlotte, though, and cheered her up no end. this was the second time that i’d watched them, having watched them all for the first time last year (although i’d seen the first one and h20 before). i really enjoyed them, although i have to look away for many of the killings – the various piercings especially!
the weird thing about these films is that michael myers is a sort of anti-hero… i mean, yes, i do want to see him die and all, but (like most people, i guess) theres a kind of delirious masochistic glee when he survives in the end (or comes back in the beginning of the next one).
even though he’s technically an antagonist, he has become a protagonist as a large part of each film is told from michael’s point of view and follows his exploits. and since his storyline is the only one that continues through each film, his narrative throughline is the dominant one. so in a macabre way i actually want to see him succeed.
there’s also that mystery surrounding why he kills his relatives. i don’t think any normal series could really sustain a mystery which is, in the cold light of day, a rather weak one, but the first “halloween” sets up the series (unwittingly) so well! despite dr. loomis’ proclaimations of him being “purely and simply… evillll” we still want to know why he does it.