Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Movie Review: "Halloween" (2018)

Director: David Gordon Green
Year: 2018
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Laurie Strode has spent the last 40 years preparing for the night Michael Myers would escape from his institution to kill once again. Halloween 2018 proves to be that night.

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"Michael's pursuit of Laurie Strode could be what's keeping him alive." (Image Source)
Are we just supposed to forget the other 8 Michael Myers-centric "Halloween" movie sequels exist? Most of them were terrible, so maybe it's for the best. "Halloween (2018)" is directed by David Gordon Green and is a direct sequel to John Carpenter's "Halloween" from 1978. Green also helped write the screenplay along with Danny McBride (yes, that Danny McBride) and Jeff Fradley. The story takes place 40 years after the events of the original where Michael Myers went on a murdering spree and then-high school student Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) barely escaped with her life. Laurie has spent the last 40 years training, planning, and preparing herself just in case Michael should ever escape from the asylum where he has been housed for decades. The night before Halloween in 2018, Myers and a few other inmates are set to be transferred to a new facility, and wouldn't you know it, the bus crashes and Michael escapes to continue his murdering spree once again.
Halloween 2018 movie still Jamie Lee Curtis Judy Greer
"Everyone in my family turns into a nutcase this time of year." (Image Source)
We are massive fans of 1978's original "Halloween," and though we thought a couple of the sequels were fine, the majority of them were straight up terrible. We were kind of looking forward to this year's "Halloween," but we entered into it with cautious optimism because of the series track record up to this point. Now that we have seen it, we can tell you to shed your worries because this "Halloween" movie is actually really good, way better than we thought it was going to be. As soon as Myers escapes when his bus crashes, he resumes his murderous ways to a gruesome degree. Bodies pile up as we are treated to gobs of blood and heaps of gore as Myers bashes-and-slashes his way through victim after victim to get just a little bit closer to Laurie Strode. The first two acts of the film feel very much like a classic slasher, and though it is occasionally moody, it doesn't have the beginning-to-end tension that was present in the original. Never fear, because luckily, the third act has all the tautness you need and then some. Michael's final conflict with Laurie Strode put us on the edge of our seats and kept us there until the credits began to roll. There is also a bit of family drama between Laurie and her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) as Karen's daughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) tries to play moderator between the two, who have had a sordid and rocky past because of Laurie's fear, paranoia, and obsession with the state of the world and the possibility that Myers might come back. Karen was raised in an unorthodox manner, and she has some unresolved but understandable issues with her mother. There's also a bit of humor early on that we could tell was a product of Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley's writing. Most of the jokey dialogue are lines we could easily see coming straight from a Danny McBride character's mouth.
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"Could it be that one monster created another?" (Image Source)
In the end, "Halloween" (2018) is a bloody and hauntingly good time. It is a worthy sequel in our minds, the best one featuring Michael Myers, and is definitely worth checking out.

My Rating: 7.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 8/10
IMDB's Rating: ~7.5/10
RT Rating: ~79%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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