Movie Review – For the Love of the Boogeyman: 40 Years of Halloween (2018)

For the Love of the Boogeyman: 40 Years of Halloween, 2018.

Directed by Paul Downey.

Starring Dave McRae, Jack Norman, James Secker, Nathan Thomas Milliner, P.J. Starks, Richard Stringham, J. Blake Fichera, Daniel Mark Young, James Morrissey, Chris Johnson, Evan Tapper, Nils Reucker, and James Plumb.


For the Love of the Boogeyman is a retrospective dissection of John Carpenter’s landmark slasher: Halloween. Piecing together testimonials from dedicated fans and independent filmmakers, the documentary explores how the initially unassuming ”exploitation” flick has gradually evolved into a bonafide classic. The short also considers what elevates Halloween above its peers and why it has become such a treasured artefact amongst cinephiles and aspiring directors alike.

Ask any genre enthusiast to break down the success of Halloween and they are all-but-guaranteed to have a full-blown thesis prepared for such an occasion. With notes by their side, they will readily launch into an impassioned sermon

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