Thanks, guys. Haven't decided yet, but this fun and I appreciate folks playing along.
My brother and my mom (
!) vote for Psycho. My brother cause it's classic, my mom because... well, she's my mom.
No, she thinks Halloween and the ilk are too gore-fest though of course my point is it's maybe one of a handful of slasher films more focused on building suspense.
The only reason part of me siding with Halloween is this is a special "Fantom Events" event, one night, and I don't know if it'll be in theaters again. Perhaps in 2018 for the 40th anniversary. This Hitchcock Month stuff (Turner Classic Movies sponsored a showing of a classic Hitch film each week this month at various arthouse type movie theaters) is a semi-regular thing so I'm sure Psycho will come around again some time.
Though right now, the poll's 4-3 for Psycho and of course I'd abide by it - otherwise, why do a poll?
I'm sure I'll have a good time either way.
I'm not sure I have Halloween on DVD, but I did buy some special VHS collector's set many years ago.
On the sequels, Carpenter said in interviews that he and co-writer/producer Debra Hill were contractually obligated for two sequels, so they produced Halloween II with Rick Rosenthal directing (I believe Rosenthal disowned the movie, blaming Carpenter for meddling and inserting ultra-graphic violence sequences, presumably to keep up with the Friday the 13ths in body count/gore), and then that wonky Halloween III with the kiddy mask sci-fi angle (think Tommy Lee Wallace directed). I don't think Carpenter/Hill had any further involvement after that, though I recall reading they tried to lure Carpenter back for Halloween H20 -- I think Carpenter wanted to do something different and not "just another slasher movie," to the studio balked.
I still find Halloween 2's finale thrilling (oxygen room at the hospital etc.), but felt like by having a body count sprinkled throughout the movie, most of them characters we don't get to know even a little -- more in the Friday the 13th vein - it loses something. Also, Jamie Lee Curtis is always a slasher films' best asset, and reducing her to a concussed, drugged patient with virtually no dialogue (just constant 'gaaaaaaaaaah' and 'guuuuuh!') is a poor use of her imho. That was on AMC last night, so it's fresh in my mind.
Carpenter was in the news recently for suing Luc Besson over the sci-fi actioner Lockout (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockout_(film
)), saying it was a ripoff of Escape from New York. He apparently won but got very little money from it.