Dinner & A Movie
John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Highland Country Club
931 Alexandria Pike, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
Cocktails & Buffet Dinner 5:45 – 7:00 pm. Film 7:00 – 8:45 pm.
Join us for John Carpenter's independent classic, digitally restored and remastered by original Cinematographer Dean Cundey. Featuring an exclusive interview and retrospective with John Carpenter.
One of the most profitable independent films ever produced, Halloween (1978) became an iconic piece of cinema that influenced generations of horror films that followed. It helped define a number of themes and tropes that are now considered classic staples within the horror genre, such as the "final girl," "pov" and "dark side of suburbia" concepts.
Introducing the film in a special bonus segment, John Carpenter explores the history of the film and the indelible influence Halloween has had on not only the horror genre, but the entire film industry. He explains the influences that inspire his filmmaking and how Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of all time.
With cocktails and dinner, there's no better way to experience the movie that launched the career of the original "scream queen" — 19-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis, all digitally restored and remastered by the original cinematographer.
BTW, the music for the film — written and performed by John Carpenter — is credited to "The Bowling Green Philharmonic Orchestra." Carpenter grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
DINNER & EVENT DETAILS:
Buffet dinner available until show time, with complimentary glass of wine, multiple entrées, sides, salad; dessert, coffee, tea.
Advance: Dinner+Film = $35, Film Only = $10.
Door: Dinner & Film = $40, Film Only = $15.
Additional food/beverage can be purchased directly from HCC.
Limited Seating, reservations recommended.
Easy access, free parking – Google Map.
by Christopher Zabel
John Carpenter was an up-and-coming director in 1978 when he unleashed Halloween, a genre-defining movie whose immediate success ushered in a thousand imitators and a legendary horror franchise. Originally made as a low-budget, independent film, Halloween introduced one of the most memorable characters to ever appear on the silver screen. Almost every moviegoer over a certain age knows Michael Myers and his iconic mask, blank like Myers' dark soul. This is where his legend begins, in the quiet Illinois suburb of Haddonfield.
While Halloween may not have been the first slasher film, its crafted style and originality elevated the genre into something new and more potent, frightening audiences everywhere. True fans will know Michael Myers as "The Shape," a blank cypher onto whom audiences can project their own fears onto as he stalks Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends. Carpenter's first-person perspective for Michael Myers as he watches future victims is chilling to watch, even for the jaded moviegoers of today.
Before supernatural elements were added to the franchise in later sequels, Halloween was purely about a psychotic, unthinking maniac set loose in a neighborhood that could be Anytown, USA. One of Carpenter's true strokes of genius was making the town's setting so perfectly normal. This is a typical suburban neighborhood with schools around the corner and two-car garages in every house. The setting completely lacked the typical accoutrements of spooky locations. The town's cops are mostly concerned with the antics of high school kids. An insane killer is so far beyond their scope it goes over their heads.
The audience is kept largely in the dark about Michael's motivations from the beginning. Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is an overlooked and critical part of Halloween, and gets some of the best lines as he describes Michael as "pure evil." The only person with insight into Michael Myers' mind, Dr. Loomis frames the killer's story with just enough background information, without bogging down the narrative with too many details. The air of mystery works better for Myers, as it shifts the focus to the character of Laurie and her struggle to survive this force of nature.
It would be amiss in any review of Halloween to go without mentioning Carpenter's famous theme and score, one of the most recognizable pieces of cinematic music in history. The moody, haunting theme with its complex piano melody is a huge part of what makes Halloween so memorable to this day. Integrated exactly when it is needed, the theme instantly gets the blood racing. Its presence signals that Michael is on the prowl, perfectly prepping the audience for the next kill.
Few films ever have had the lasting impact of Halloween – it defined and shaped a genre for nearly two decades. A true original when it first came out, Halloween has stood the test of time, surpasses its sequels and many imitations, and remains a classic today.