I saw the original Halloween years ago. If memory serves correctly, it didn't show a lot of blood or graphic violence compared to recent horror movies, but used setting and music to build the tension. I'd rank it as one of the great all-time horror movies.
I saw the 2007 remake of it over the weekend. It was interesting to see Michael Myers's background, but it turned into another blood-bath movie. Once he got back to Haddonfield I fast forwarded to the end.
I'd like to read comments from old folks like me who saw the original way back when.