Director: David Gordon Green
Writer/s: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley (screenplay), John Carpenter, Debra Hill (characters)
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton, and more.
Michael Myers is back…again, and this time, NOTHING MATTERS. Okay well, the first film matters but, regardless, he’s back! Here we are with my review on the newest addition to the “Halloween” series simply titled “Halloween”. With the 11th film now upon us, the excitement has surely hit an all time high. John Carpenter is a part of the creative staff. A strong surrounding production crew and cast are ready to rock. Seemingly nothing can go wrong from my point of view so in regards to myself, I am definitely excited.
As a forewarning, the remainder of this review will be pretty spoiler heavy in some cases. You have been warned.
“Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”
Man oh man was this a wild trip. To be cut and dry, I have to say this is basically what I could have wanted from this revitalized “Halloween”. It basically, to me, felt like the 1978 film but with a 2018 style. It is as violent as the original yet even a bit more due to the effects we can now reach in 2018, it is as tense as the original, and it is as unsettling as the original. I saw the 1978 film as a horror flick beyond its time. It still is a remarkable horror movie for me to this day. One of which I could pick up at anytime and enjoy. This 2018 version gives me virtually the same vibes and entertainment and I could not be more appreciative.
Once again, spoilers will be heavy.
I am pretty hard split on the characters in “Halloween”. On one end, we are given the same quality characters we know and love from the original between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. With this version, the two are seemingly a bit more fleshed out than the 1978 hack and slash style. Beyond these two, none of the characters are all too memorable besides Laurie’s daughter, Karen. This even applies to Karen’s daughter, Allyson. Whom I would have expected to feel more important than what she was. Even her side story of….teenage drama? was completely irrelevant. Maybe she will have a turn to be something more in future flicks, which seems to be the direction this is taking, but we will have to see. As of now, everyone seems to be just… knife fodder.
Compared to the 1978 film, this one was quite hilarious in its own moments. This is much to the compliments of its writers and more of which would probably be Danny McBride. Now some comedic lines may feel a bit out of place, which I would agree with but for the most part, I found myself laughing in my seat throughout the film.
A major nod goes to Jibrail Nantambu who plays Julian, a kid getting babysat by Allyson’s friend (which pays a solid homage to the original). He single-handedly delivers my favorite comedic moments and overall performance in the whole film.
Story wise, it predominantly strikes well for me. Laurie Strode is now a grizzled yet paranoid survivor, always prepared for Myers to strike again. Myers is, well, a psychopathic killer, no love lost there. And the story basically runs with that, the fact that Myers will escape and Strode will once again have to survive but this time, is more than ready.
Some moments in the film are, on the opposite side of the coin, strange or off putting. This primary moment is with “the new Loomis”, Dr. Sartain. He has a moment where he ends up betraying a certain character within the film and makes a statement that he wishes to see Myers in an uncontrolled environment. Again, this moment is a tad bit extravagant for the flow of the story.
On an additional note. I majorly applaud how they presented Laurie Strode in this film. Obviously we all are well and aware that the “monster” is Michael Myers. However, in this new film, Laurie and Michael are nearly presented as parallel monsters in their own respect. We see Laurie do some things just as Michael did in the ’78 version (Ex. Laurie waits outside Allyson’s classroom like Michael did in the ’78 version). It was a really cool take and an interesting theory to think about.
“Halloween” had me grinning wide by the time the house lights came up and credits ended (there’s barely an after credit. It is mostly a noise to symbolize something that is far expected). It is brutal, violent, tense, hilarious, and ultimately all the entertainment I could want in a 2018 horror slasher. With the way this film is going and the expected success it seems to be approaching on. I could imagine that this series is about to be revived just as Myers has many many times. Starting with the ’78 followed by the 2018 and in due time rolling to many more.
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