Halloween (2018)

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It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him. – Universal Pictures

Halloween is the sequel to the original Halloween, nothing else is cannon now. The Halloween timeline is just as muddled as the X-men timeline. Halloween was directed by David Gordon Green and written by him, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley — a rather unexpected trio for a horror movie. Green had previously directed Pineapple Express, one of my favorite stoner comedies but he has later done more serious stuff. Jeff Fradley is a common collaborator of Danny McBride’s. Lastly, Danny McBride is, well, Danny McBride. Halloween is a return to form for the franchise, no more weird cults or family problems — just a dude in a mask killing people and Jamie Lee Curtis.

This movie picks up 40 years later after the original. Laurie Strode has been deeply traumatized from that fateful Halloween. She is clearly suffering from PTSD and possibly alcoholism. In the past 40 years she has estranged herself from her daughter and granddaughter and has been training to kill Michael. She has essentially become Sarah Connor from T-2. Michael on the other hand has been locked up and continued to not talk or do anything.

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Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode and she absolutely kills it. Anyone can be a scream queen, but Jamie Lee is so much more — plus she is one of the first queens. She is no more a victim. She is a bad ass and a survivor. This is her movie not Michael Myers’s. Jamie Lee is like a fine wine — better with age.

Halloween is a very pro female movie which is awesome. This movie is full of strong female protagonists. Judy Greer plays Laurie’s daughter Karen. She doesn’t get a ton to do but when it’s her time to shine she really delivers. Andi Matichak plays Allison, Laurie’s granddaughter. She is the new generation of scream queens and I imagine if the franchise continues she would play the lead. All the Strodes are badasses — that’s my point.

Michael Myers is 61 years old but let me tell you this guy is spry. The kill count is quite high, might be the highest in a movie not counting the Rob Zombie ones. The Shape may have been locked up for 40 years, but he hasn’t lost his touch. He is brutal, menacing and still likes to play around — like making jack-o-lanterns out of human heads. Director, David Gordon Green (he has too many names) compared him to the shark from Jaws in the sense that he just kills indiscriminately, no motive — it’s just what he knows. That’s a great analogy and it makes even more sense when you take into fact that sharks can’t stop swimming, or they’ll drown. Michael can’t stop killing. The Shape is back, and he is a force to be reckoned with.

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David Gordon Green is no John Carpenter, but you can see his influence on the film. There is lots of camera work reminiscent of the original and quite a few callbacks — subtle and tasteful ones. Carpenter’s score helps it feel like the original. The score is so much different and better than a modern-day horror score — it doesn’t predict the scares, it just helps build the atmosphere of the film.

Green, McBride and Fradley crafted the perfect conclusion to the Halloween franchise — though I doubt it’s the end. I have a very special spot for slasher movies in my heart and its most likely because my mom and dad would let me watch whatever as a kid — I had nightmares all the time, but I loved these kind of movies. With that being said I loved Halloween and I really hope it revitalizes the slasher sub-genre of horror.

Most people seem to like this movie and rightfully so but there are some common complaints and I can understand them. Halloween is quite funny — my initial thought was that was McBride but apparently a lot of it was improv. This movie is full of laugh out loud worthy stuff. In my opinion the jokes added some well needed levity, this is a stressful movie at times. I grew up on Scream and love Scream. Scream is very funny too. It’s safe to say I liked Halloween as much as I did because of that. Some people aren’t going to like the jokes and that totally makes sense, but I did. Another complaint is that it just not that scary. I don’t want to sound like a tough guy, but horror movies don’t really scare me — yeah, sometimes I’ll find something unsettling, but I never jump in fear. Halloween was gory, suspenseful and thrilling. I wasn’t scared exactly but I can tell you the girl next to me kept squirming in her seat and covering her eyes. I think she thought it was scary. So yeah, maybe it’s not super scary but let’s be honest is the original really that scary?

Halloween is the continuation of the horror movie renaissance we are living in. This the perfect reboot/sequel to what many probably assumed was a dead franchise. Like any good horror movie this should be seen in theaters, so please go see it so we get more like it.

I give Halloween a 9 out 10, would watch again.

“I got peanut butter on my penis.”

 

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