MOVIE REVIEWS - 1978
1978 was the year after "Star Wars" and it was clear that movies were headed in a different direction to the character-driven dramas that had been the signature of the early and mid 1970s.
In the wake of the success generated by STAR WARS, 1978 saw studios begin to invest in tentpole franchises and sequels.
SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, financed by Warner Bros, was they year's second biggest film, but it became the template upon which all modern comic book inspired movies were based.
Both the JAWS and OMEN Horror series saw sequels released, while Philip Kaufman reimagined the classic Jerry Siegel film INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.
Jphn Carpenter announced himself with HALLOWEEN, introducing one of Horror's most enduing Boogeymen in Michael Myers, along with the quintessential "Final Girl" with Jamie Lee Curtis in her career-definign role as Laurie Strode.
Above everything else, GREASE towered like a box office monolith; a unique blend of FANTASY and MUSIC genres with a double-bill, above-the-line duo in John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, who, at the time, were both at the absolute peak of their pop culture appeal.
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