John Carpenter’s Halloween is such an important part of horror cinema, that I don’t think you’ll be able to find a single list or article online about Halloween that this film won’t be on. It’s obvious that John Carpenter took a lot of influence from some of his favorite horror movies to create his debut. He pays homage to Psycho, not only by naming the doctor after Sam Loomis, but by also casting Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead role, who is actually Janet Leigh’s daughter, the leading lady in Psycho. He also has a lengthy inclusion of Howard Hawk’s The Thing which Carpenter would then remake 4 years later. Halloween took what Texas Chainsaw did with leatherface and popularized the masked slasher with Michael Myers. This was the birth of future slasher killers like Jason Voorhies or Freddy Krueger. While Leatherface started this trend, Michael Myers popularized it.