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The Haunting of Haddonfield

Murray Leeder and Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter argues that, formally, narratively, and thematically, the character of Michael Myers is constructed as a haunted force, and Haddonfield as a haunted space. One common framework for ... More


A Very Sinister Doctor and a Cosmic Monster

Murray Leeder and Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on the character of Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers's psychiatrist. Loomis's only accomplishments in the film Halloween (1978) are entirely outside of his training as a ... More


Halloween

Murray Leeder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

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 ... More


‘Purely and Simply Evil’

Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This concluding chapter addresses the question of Michael Myers as an abstract embodiment of pure evil. In Halloween (1978), John Carpenter presents an ‘anonymity of evil’, with evil simultaneously ... More


Hack n’ Slash: Halloween ()

Mathias Clasen

in Why Horror Seduces

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190666507
eISBN:
9780190666545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190666507.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) kicked off the slasher film wave with its disturbing depiction of Michael Myers’s killing spree in a small American town. This chapter argues that Halloween’s ... More


‘Black Cats and Goblins on Halloween Night’: Halloween and Halloween

Murray Leeder and Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explains that Halloween is more than simply a setting in John Carpenter's Halloween (1978), but that the film is indeed centrally concerned with the contested meanings of the day when it ... More


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