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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

First Michael Myers slasher fest has violence, sex.

Movie R 1978 93 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 69 parent reviews

age 12+

Good film, not gory

A few points from me a. Laurie Strode is an amazing role model as she always tries to protect the kids shes babysitting. b. The film mainly uses music and stalking to create suspense c. The film has One sex scene with no nudity and then a scene where a girl shows her breasts. d. The film isn't gory, the deaths usually use strangulation and as so there is little to no blood

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Great role models
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age 14+

Classic movie only great for teens and older kids

This is a great classic horror film that reinvented the slasher genre, although it is pretty inappropriate. For example, teens have sex under sheets, with moaning too. Afterwards, the girls breasts are shown including the nipples. Teens make out. The for isn’t as bad as you’d think. There’s little to no blood except for two scenes. The choking scenes are pretty disturbing. Overall, older kids or teens who already are mature enough and know what sex is and can handle it would enjoy this movie. The violence could deter this though.

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Too much sex
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (69):
Kids say (250):

Despite some unnecessary R-rated elements, this movie still provides frightening moments with more taste and subtlety (you rarely ever see any blood -- you just think you do) than its imitators. Like Hitchcock, Carpenter has an innate sense of exactly where to put the camera, how to light a scene, and what to have going on in the frame to make you shudder and jump. His use of careful silences and the sudden bursts of his now-famous pulsating electronic musical score are especially unnerving and effective.

If critics could send a Terminator robot back in time to destroy a movie at the film-processing lab, all because of the countless trashy rip-offs and imitations it would inspire, Halloween would probably be the main target. But many critics hail the original Halloween as a masterpiece, and it earned then largely unknown director John Carpenter a reputation as the new Alfred Hitchcock (although maybe Orson Welles is more accurate, since Carpenter has never been quite able to make as big a hit again).

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