40 years later, we finally have a Halloween film that carries the spirit of the original . At the helm is the leader in 21st century horror films, Blumhouse Productions, which has teamed up with Miramax to produce a slasher film that pays homage, yet has enough modern flair to keep things fresh. Familiar names like the executive producer and creator John Carpenter, and the ‘Original Scream Queen’ Jamie Lee Curtis make their long-awaited return to the franchise. The director and co-writer David Gordon Green teams up once again with a frequent collaborator and co-writer Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, Eastbound & Down) to bring freshness to a franchise that’s old enough to retire from the military. Curtis returns to her role as Laurie Strode to finally put an end to Michael Myers on this All Hallows’ Eve. Halloween is a direct sequel to the 1978 film of the same name, and on top of that this version ignores the multiple sequels that have taken place within the last 40 years.
Being that this is a direct sequel to the first film, the movie is self-aware and does a full dismissal of the other 9 (
NINE NUEVE!!!!) films. One of the characters mentions how Laurie and Michael are siblings and another character says that’s something people made up. John Carpenter has been vocal in the past about how his biggest regret was making the two siblings, retconning that, gave the franchise a new spin. The greatest strength of the film is its self-awareness, which gives it a good balance of humor paired with its chilling horror. There’s a scene with a child named Julian (Jibrail Nantambu) who says everything the audience is thinking about and it’s hilarious. Give that kid all the Oscars! John Carpenter created a score that worked perfectly throughout the film. The iconic theme is back, and the sinister sound of the keys adds a true haunting element. As a slasher flick, it does not overly rely on jump scares, and the filmmakers did a brilliant job with the framing of scenes. There are scenes of Michael standing in the background that bring more fear than a random jump scare could ever do. Death counts aren’t excessively high, but they are violent and gruesome. Even the deaths that take place off-screen are gruesome when we see the carnage bestowed upon Michael’s victims. Let’s just say the movie earns its R rating (keep the kids at home).
With Michael being committed to a mental hospital for 40 years, Laurie has been living with PTSD since the events of the first film and it has turned her into a full-blown psycho. She’s estranged from her family and paranoid, yet waiting for the day Michael gets out. Curtis’s performance is exceptional, and she brings a lot of depth to Laurie even when the dialogue isn’t there for her. Her facial expressions, body language and the glares she gives makes her a badass grandma. Laurie’s not running away from Michael, she’s done screaming, there is no trick or treat, this time it’s do or die. Laurie’s daughter and granddaughter have lived a mostly normal life, which adds conflict with their relationship with the matriarch of the Strode family. The Dr. Loomis-esque character of the film does an analysis on how Michael versus Laurie is predator versus prey, but since they both have had four decades to prepare for this night maybe the roles have reversed.
Overall, this movie is gory, meta, vengeful and an important movie for the horror genre. There’s a post-credit scene that you should wait after the credits. The original 1978 Halloween is a landmark in American cinema, birthed a decade full of slasher films with iconic characters and, hopefully, its retcon sequel, even as a quadragenarian, will be just as influential.
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Halloween is in theaters in the United States of America on October 19, 2018.