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My favorite film of all time. An all-time classic through and through. This, along with John Carpenter's Halloween, and Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver are the three film that first got me to become more than just a casual fan of movies, and turned me into a cinema fanatic. Many critics (especially Siskel and Ebert) saw that Tarantino had talent with this movie, but deserved to make a better one. I can see where they're coming from, but I disagree. True, an initial viewing doesn't give the viewer the finer points it has to offer, but it does evoke a strong urge to keep one watching it over and over to truly discover how brilliant it really is. As a straight up crime film, it is great, witty, original, and very cool, but when viewed as an experience, Reservoir Dogs is a brilliant, one-of-a-kind thrillride that truly is very deep, thought-provoking, and unmatched. The dialogue and music (both very original and quirky) have since become QT trademarks, and it's hard to imagine what the world of film would look like if Reservoir Dogs had never been made. Thank God I've never had a desire to have or elaborate upon such thoughts. This is one film that everyone should be required to see before they die. Not doing so is unforgivable.
Director/co-writer John Carpenter is a genius. Thanks to him and co-writer/producer Debra Hill, a little independent film was released in 1978 that has since gone on to become one of the most revered, respected, influential, imitated, and brilliant films of all time. Aside from a few continuity erors and plot holes here, and there, this film hits all the right notes, and is executed flawlessly. Oh sure, the idea of an escaped maniac terrorizing people is nothing new, but under Carpenter's masterful direction, he takes a traditional scary story, and through the use of genuine pathos, character development, wonderful acting especially from Jamie Lee Curtis(in her film debut, and the always reliable Donald Pleasance (giving a performance that has since come to embody sheer iron will and determination and the ability to do what it takes to stop evil in it's path), ridiculously high amounts of tension, suspense, and an atmosphere and score that are STILL chill inducing to this very day, he manages to craft one of the absolute finest American horror films of all time, and does so with a minimal to moderate amount of violence, allowing just enough to be shown as a pay-off for the scares he's built up in the audience's imaginations. By keeping the most of the graphic aspects of the story under wraps, the viewer is left hanging, building up further anxiety, and giving Carpenter even more credibility when it comes to freaking viewers out. As many sequels, and countless imitators and outright ripoffs as this film has inspired (including the Rob Zombie take. you would think that those filmmakers, and all future ones to come would have taken (and will) more time to study the finer points of Halloween, to see what must be done in order to create a film that is truly breathtaking in it's brilliance and the genuine horror and countless feelings of dread that it creates, and not just some violent heartless splatterfest that while shocking, doesn't scare. Despite that this film is associated with the slasher subgenre of horror films, calling this film a slasher is a true insult. If anything, this is morre of a suspenseful thriller with heavy amounts of horror elements. For all those unfortunate souls who have yet to experience John Carpenter's masterpiece, do yourself a favor, and see this film through any means necessary.