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ENGL 1101 Artifact 3

Brian Jollie

on 31 October 2012

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HALLOWEEN The 1970s was the epoch of the Equal Rights Amendment and Roe vs. Wade.
In the Equal Rights Amendment, equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. It failed to pass.
In Roe vs. Wade, abortion is a  fundamental right  under the United States Constitution according to the right of privacy.
It established that women had the right to chose what would happen with their bodies.
~~However, what would happen if women were too powerful? ~~ History: The Effect of the 1970s John Carpenter's 1978 Halloween movie was major attack on sexually, promiscuous women.
In the movie, the plot focuses on a group of beautiful, young socialites, who have "explored uncharted territory" and indulged in sexual behavior, drinking and smoking. Feministic Approach of Halloween (1978) Laurie Strode is the "good girl" of the group.
She did not indulge in sex, alcoholism or any obscenities.
Ironically survives the murdering spree and becomes the heroine because she professes strength.
Her ability to retaliate the "Boogeyman's" attacks with the clothes hanger, knitting needle and the knife demonstrates Laurie's sexual frustration within herself (Clover, 210) . Halloween (1978): Laurie Strode In the scene where Laurie thinks she sees a strange man behind a bush and Lindsey fails to notice, causing Lindsey to immediately say, “You scared another one away,” Laurie responds by saying “Boys think I’m too smart."
This scene denotes the masculinity of Laurie, which plays a significant role in her survival.
Since the heroine shares with the killer the ability to function as subject, she is presenting in a manner that complies with her more ‘masculine’ status (Brewer, 47). Halloween (1978): Laurie Strode Citations Brewer, Chad. "The Stereotypic Portrayal of Women in Slasher Films Then Versusu Now." Thesis. Louisiana State University, 2009.
The Stereotypic Portrayal of Women in Slasher Films Then Versus Now. May 2009. Web.
<http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04092009-105427/unrestricted/Brewer_thesis.pdf.pdf> Brewer criticizes that all these slasher films for severely denouncing the weakness of females, denoting them as problems for society (Brewer, 49).
Clover sees that the slasher film speaks deeply and obsessively to male anxieties. It is not so much a focus on women, instead it has more involvement with male vicarism (Clover, 219). Feminist Review:
Brewer vs. Clover Clover, Carol J. "Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film." Representations 20.1 (1987): 187-228. JSTOR. Web. 28 Oct.
<http://www.jstor.org/stable/2928507> “Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to Psycho.” ~Robert Ebert

"duplicitous hype" and "the most honest way to make a good schlock film.” ~Tom Allen 

“Bids  fair to become the cult discovery of 1978. Audiences have been heard screaming at its horrifying climaxes.” ~Andrew Sarris  Positive Reviews “…just a shoestring budget and minimal storyline” ~Felix Gonzalez, Jr.

"Maybe when a horror film is stripped of everything but dumb scariness — when it isn't ashamed to revive the stalest device of the genre (the escaped lunatic) — it satisfies part of the audience in a more basic, childish way than sophisticated horror pictures do." ~Pauline Kael  Negative Reviews Influenced By Psycho
The shower scene

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
A killer on the loose
Secluded however compared to Myers' public appearence Kael, Pauline. "HALLOWEEN (1978): Pauline Kael Review." HALLOWEEN (1978): Pauline Kael Review. The New Yorker, 1978. Web. 29 Oct. 2012.
<http://www.pleasence.com/halloween/H1-KAEL.HTML> Influenced Friday the Thirteenth
Body count

Nightmare on Elm Street
Unique ways of killing characters
A strong heroine, hunts the killer in sequels

A publicized killer
Hunted by the authorities Cinemassacre Writer, Editor, and Producer
James Rolfe

"I try to make it a tradition to watch it every October, ideally on Halloween night. That's the perfect mood." -James Rolfe, Cinemassacre Ebert, Roger. "Halloween." Halloween Review. Chicago SunTimes, 2004. Web. 29 Oct. 2012.
<http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19791031/REVIEWS/40823003> Gonzalez, Felix, Jr. "DVD Review - Halloween." DVD Review - Halloween. N.p., 1997. Web. 29 Oct. 2012.
<http://www.dvdreview.com/reviews/pages/2676.shtml> Rolfe, James. "CineMassacre's Monster Madness #19 Halloween (1978)." YouTube. YouTube, 19 Oct. 2007. Web. 28 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH7gbKva-6g>
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