On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.

Nerd Corner:

Purity myth

Movies as cultural artifacts

Vera Dika’s theory- temporal map

Past Event:

  • the members of a young community are guilty of a wrongful action, 
  • the killer sees an injury, fault or death, 
  • the killer experiences a loss, 
  • the killer kills the guilty members of the young community..

Present Event: 

  • An event commemorates the past action
  • The killer’s destructive impulse is reactivated
  • A seer warns the young community
  • The young community takes no heed
  • The killer stalks the young community
  • The killer kills members of the young community
  • The heroine sees the murders
  • The heroine sees the killer
  • The heroine does battle with the killer
  • The heroine subdues the killer
  • The heroine survives but is not free. 

Pat Gill, for example, said in “The Monstrous Years: Teens, Slasher Films, and Families” that slashers set in suburbs “seem to mock white flight to gated communities, in particular the attempts of parents to shield their children from the dangerous influences represented by the city.” (Gill, 2002, pg. 16)

Kate Notes:

I like how it jumps back and forth between these stories fairly rapidly. 15 minutes in and we’ve jumped back and forth like five times. I dig it. 

Guys think I’m too smart. Poor Laurie. 

Lol Laurie can’t hang. She keeps coughing. 

I would never just like strip in a family’s kitchen, especially if I didn’t live there. She’s just like oopsy doodle there go the clothes.

Nobody believes me it’s so hard ot be a young boy in this cruel world. 

When Laurie falls over the railing! I have so many nightmares about that type of thing!

Ah, he hoed it shut real good. I know it’s not a hoe, okay. Rake? Fork? 

The people that look out their window, turn on the light, turn off the  light. Cold blooded. That was a good pot lob. Hustle Tommy. 

The way he rises silently. Fucking scary as shit. She rises and then he rises. The slowest fucking amble there ever was. -> it’s about the inevitability!!! When I was younger my dad told me that’s what he found so scary about the mummy. That monster walks so damn slow, but it will get there. And you can see how It Follows was SO influenced by this. 


Anti-Climactic Unmasking

Bloodless Carnage

The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

Enemy rising behind

Evil phone

Meaningful background event

Trope maker or codifer?

Unbuilt trope


Pot lobs

Works Cited:

González, Andrés Emil. (2020, January 27). Death and Decay in the Suburban Midwest: On John Carpenter’s “Halloween”. Cleveland Review of Books.