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In Brief: The Asheville Film Society wraps up its October horror slate with one last sadistic scare, and its timing couldn't be more appropriate. On Halloween, we'll be showing John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) — one of Carpenter's best films and one of the creepiest slasher movies of all time. It may not have been the first example of the slasher subgenre, but it's unquestionably one of the best and most influential. It's a viscerally disturbing film, rendered all the more unsettling by virtue of the very mundanity of its setting, and excellent performances from Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance ground the film's shock value in something that borders on naturalism — no small feat when you consider how far the sequels and remakes ventured from the bounds of reality. There's a reason this film has been revisited or plain ripped off so many times in the intervening years, and with another reboot coming next year, this is your chance to see the inimitable original on the big screen with an audience on the spookiest possible night.
Genre: Horror
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Nick Castle
Rated: R

The Asheville Film Society is showing Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse as part of the Budget Big Screen series. Admission is $6 for AFS members and $8 for the general public. Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas will introduce the film.


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