Evil is real. The excitement happens when it invades our safe areas.
Dean Cundey understands this well. Back in 1978, the legendary cinematographer expertly used shadows to illustrate the encroachment of evil into the otherwise idyllic small town of Haddonfield, Ill. in the original “Halloween.” The film — which revolutionized horror cinema when it introduced the sadistic Michael Myers and scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis as student Laurie Strode — celebrates its 40th anniversary on Oct. 25.
Since Haddonfield, Ill. is a fictional place, “Halloween” gets its calm-turned-nightmarish suburban atmosphere from Alhambra, Calif. Key scenes for the film were shot on location at Garfield Elementary School.
Living on Atlantic Boulevard at the time of filming, Cundey, an up-and-coming cinematographer, was familiar with the location selected, which doubled as Laurie Strode’s classroom. “That was actually two blocks from my house, I walked to work those days,” he said. “It was also ironic because it’s th...