Halloween (2018) review
When it comes to horror franchises, the Halloween series has had several spins that have attempted to amplify the actions of it's monster, Michael Myers. We've seen him get blown to bits by Dr. Loomis, Have a trilogy encounter with his niece with Halloween 4 through 6, we've seen him go after Laure Strode again in Halloween: H20 and Resurrection, and even Rob Zombie gave a grindhouse take in his remakes of Halloween and it's sequel. Each sequel and reboot has tried to explain the actions of Michael Myers and what his purpose is in going after people. It almost never works because unlike Freddy Krugger, Leatherface, and Jason Voorhees who have motives, Myers has no motive; he is nothing but evil.
Most psychologists can agree that while morale is a big part of the human conscience, there are individuals who are so warped and impaired that the evil things they do are only what they know and will only know that until they die. Monsters are real and the serial killers and rapists who do these chaotic actions are all they know. Michael Myers is an example of a monster whose is a human shark whose only purpose is to hunt and kill. Though we can't progress his character, we can try again with Laurie Strode in the new sequel Halloween.
Forty years after the first Halloween, Michael Myers has been held at a prison where he doesn’t respond to anything, not even his new doctor, Dr. Sartain. The only thing that does seem to work is when two murder podcasters Dana and Cameron arrive, and pull out his old mask. Though he still doesn't say anything, the entire prison population starts to laugh and dogs start barking. He's due to be transported to a new prison later that day.
In Haddonfield, Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) is still suffering PTSD and has spent years living in isolation, preparing her home and personal skills in case Michael ever came back. Her adult daughter Karen (played by Judy Greer) is worried about her mother's mental state, but her teen granddaughter Allyson (played by Andi Matichak) only wants remain close. Halloween arrives once more, with Laurie feeling that something is feeling bad in the air. Her premonition is correct as the police discover the bus transporting Michael Myers has stopped and he escaped, along with his mask. Laurie makes her stand and prepares with her second encounter with The Shape.
Something does feel eerie in the air tonight, as the new Halloweenis really good. What it also does is make me question my opinion of the original Halloween. Let's take it one step at a time. Director David Gordon Green does an amazing job, not only shooting this, but keeping the movie with a pace and tone that is so similar to the John Carpenter classic, that this feels like a genuine continuation. Many sequels try to modernize and update the environment, but the movie balances that well with the suspense that hangs for the majority of the story.
Though she had already made a comeback with Halloween: H20, Jamie Lee Curtis seems in a more likely position her character would be in. Being pursued by a serial killer would make her into a survivalist. Her performance reminded me of Linda Hamilton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in which both of their characters have evolved to a point where they are almost equal to their enemies. What separates her from Sarah Connor is that Laurie Strode knows that her killer is so evil and inhumane that only she knows that Michael Myers has to die. Halloweenunderstands her point of view and Jamie Lee Curtis does great playing her again.
Remember when I said that this made me reconsider my opinion of the original? That's because I said that I found the old Halloween overrated. The new movie's pacing that half plays out like a traditional slasher and the other half being a crime thriller, was exactly what John Carpenter's movie did. The slow pacing really added that extra tension to make Michael Myers a human shark and that's what the original did too. The new Halloween simply brings it back to that, but throws in some twists that I wont spoil.
I'll give this four and a half Michael Myers knives out of five. Halloween is a lot of fun that should help please old fans wanting to see Jamie Lee Curtis again go after The Shape and younger fans wanting to understand what originated the slasher genre. This is unlikely to have many people disliking it other then it not being their thing. All I can say is to go see and make that terrifying return to Haddonfield