“The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can’t pick the same horror film more [than] once. So once you pick say THE EXORCIST for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can’t [pick] it again for any other day [whatsoever,] including favorite horror film.”

Source: Dollar Bin Horror

Day 15 – Your favorite horror film involving serial killers
Film: Halloween (1978) – dir. John Carpenter

It was inevitable that this horror icon would appear at some point during these 30 days.  Michael Meyers is a household name, and a big reason the horror genre is still alive and thriving today.  Without Michael we may never have gotten Jason (Friday the 13th series), Freddy (A Nightmare on Elm Street series), or many of the other 80s serial killers.  It doesn’t matter if it is my first viewing, or my tenth, Carpenter’s film always manages to scare me, which is the mark of excellence as far as I’m concerned.  I can’t remember the first time I watched Halloween, but my recent trip through the entire series made me realize that Halloween is the best of the big three serial killers, even if the later sequels get much, much weaker (though compared to the Friday the 13th series, the Halloween sequels look like Oscar winners).  Like The Exorcist, Halloween is required viewing for anyone who claims to be a horror fan.

Branden Chowen
Editor-in-Chief at Cinefessions

Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.