Halloween was just a week ago and right now, people are getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You know what I did that Halloween day? I watched the subject of today’s review. Some history: in 1978, John Carpenter directed what would be one of the quintessential slasher films in history with Halloween, which is about a serial killer named Michael Myers who was sent to a mental institution for killing his sister, but he escapes and goes on a killing spree and goes after Laurie Strode. It became an immense success and spawned a franchise of novels, comic books, video games, and a bunch of sequels (none of them as good as the original) and two remakes from Rob Zombie, which no one liked. Now, we have the eleventh film in the Halloween franchise and just like Jurassic World and the Jurassic Park series, it’s a direct sequel of the original 1978 film that ignores the continuity of all of the previous films. This is Halloween (2018).
40 years after the events of the original film, Michael Myers has escaped once again and is going on another killing spree. But this time, Laurie Strode is prepared to fight back and end his rampage once and for all. Going by the plot alone, this seems like another case of sequel-itis, where they just repeat the same plot lines from the original. It’s Halloween Day, Michael Myers is out and is killing a bunch of people, and he crosses roads with Laurie. You get the gist.
The best actor in the movie is, of course, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. This Laurie still hasn’t recovered from the traumatic experiences from Halloween 1978 and has stockpiled a bunch of weapons and traps in preparation for Michael’s return. This ultimately affected her relationship with her family. Her daughter Karen (played by Judy Greer) has a resentment towards her because thanks to what she feels is her childhood being robbed by Laurie training her for Michael. Karen also has a daughter named Allyson (Andi Matichak), who is just your typical teenager who does all of the typical teenager shit. There’s other characters, like two podcasters, Karen’s husband, Allyson’s friends, the police officer who arrested Michael back in 1978, a psychiatrist who takes the role of Dr. Sam Loomis, etc., but I didn’t care much for them. Every scene that didn’t involve either Laurie or Michael just dragged the film because these other characters just aren’t as memorable.
And of course, there’s Michael Myers, who’s a great villain. A mute, emotionless monster whose only thought is to kill any living thing he sees and hears. He does exactly what you want Michael Myers to do, be an indestructible killing machine and both James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle (the guy who originally played Michael) nailed it.
There are scenes in this film that are ripped from the original Halloween and the other sequels and the same applies to the kills. That’s fine and all, but I wish they would have gotten more creative with it instead of showing things we’ve already seen. Plus, most of the characters who die are the ones we don’t care about. They might as well be wearing a T-shirt that says “cannon fodder.” There’s also a twist surrounding the psychiatrist character that comes straight out of nowhere and is done away with a few minutes later. Let’s just say he turns into a cartoon villain and they do nothing with it. What was that? Also, the final confrontation between Laurie and Michael was epic. Laurie and her family are holed up in her house waiting for Michael and she’s ready to settle things once and for all and the way it ended was satisfying, even if they hinted that Michael is still alive. Kinda anxious to make sequels now, are ya?
I give Halloween (2018) a light 7/10. Is it as good as the original? No. But compared to the other Halloween films, it’s probably the best sequel. It has mostly good acting, great cinematography, and a creepy atmosphere. Sadly, it’s kinda brought down by the weak script and pointless characters. It’s not really anything special, but if you just want an enjoyable horror film, then you’ll get that with this film.