Troubling Themes in Slasher Horror: PIECES (1982)

Within the horror genre there exists a varied range of sub-genres, which are mostly defined by their antagonist(s): zombies, vampires, werewolves, malevolent ghosts, haunted houses, gnarly creatures, and of course, slashers. The latter came to prominence in the years following the rabid success of John Carpenter's Halloween in 1978. Most people are familiar with the … Continue reading Troubling Themes in Slasher Horror: PIECES (1982)

John Carpenter’s use of space in HALLOWEEN (1978)

Director John Carpenter and cinematographer Dean Cundey shot their seminal slasher classic, Halloween, in Panavision widescreen (2.39:1), which presents a wider frame with expanded horizontal space. This type of photography is generally used on adventure epics and blockbusters that want to capture maximum space to engulf the viewer and overload your senses, but horror tends … Continue reading John Carpenter’s use of space in HALLOWEEN (1978)