IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
R |1h 46min |Horror, Thriller |18 Oct 2018 (New Zealand) | Movie
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79% Fresh
Director: David Gordon Green
Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Jeff Fradley
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak
Movie Tagline: “You don’t believe in the Boogeyman? You should.”
IMDb summary: Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
First off, I am not sure how this one ducked under my review radar. I most likely watched it during a time when I was being ultra lazy about everything and yeah, that sounds about as close to a reason as I will get. So, on with the show!
Being a horror superfan means I will always get excited for a movie in a franchise I actually enjoy. Halloween is one of the most prolific horror movie franchises, so when I first saw this film, I was already semi-hyped for Michael’s return to the big screen.
I enjoyed this film on my first viewing and I think it was a very strong comeback for such a well-known franchise that hasn’t exactly had much of a run with previous films. In fact, this movie experience was far superior to most of the previous Halloween movies apart from the first.
My partner and I re-watched it because it popped up on Netflix and we had just finished binge-watching two streaming TV shows in a row. We needed some good old blood-curdling horror to quicken us once more. Or something like that. And even on a re-watch, Halloween was still an enjoyable ride, extremely blood-curdling and Michael at his best.
The thing with Michael is that he’s not a complex villain by any means. Shut away for god knows how long in an institute for the criminally insane and as much as we’d like to think that’s so he can get “better”, it’s really not. Especially when you take into consideration the doctor fanboy situation. I mean, why would you want to “fix” a broken mind if you’re actually in awe of everything this person has done? I think Loomis was slowly getting to that point, but he was still very aware of how dangerous Michael was. But this new guy? Nope, bat-shit crazy is my thinking.
Speaking of doctors, I didn’t much like this part of the plot and that’s the only major plot point that didn’t work for me. It was almost an insult to Michael’s legacy, really. I mean, Michael does just fine on his own – he’s not looking for nor is he needing any help.
Okay? Okay, moving on.
Let’s talk about Laurie Strode. You know Jamie Lee Curtis makes one helluva final girl, am I right? I mean, she was just so captivating in the first film. I never really gave two shites about the supporting cast because Laurie was just a final girl to die for. She was innocent enough but also down-to-earth and likeable. And I mean likeable enough to want her to survive. Some characters are just written badly and they’re annoying in all the worst ways. Not Laurie. Her friends were quite insipid and a little vacant, but she was a breath of fresh air. So I didn’t just want her to survive, I needed her to survive.
Fast forward to 2018 and Laurie may be a lot older but man, she is still as kick-ass as ever except more like Sarah Connor Terminator Judgement Day kick-ass this time around. She just appears as one gun-toting, ball-breaking Grandma you don’t want to mess with. And she’s carrying that trauma around from the previous films like it’s a weapon.
So Laurie and Michael together again was really a weird Halloween dream-come-true sort of thing. Even though Michael brought back the nightmares of the past for Laurie, she was still staunch about how she handled their reunion. And this was the best thing about this film. Laurie Strode v. Michael in a no-holds-barred, all-in finale that just tied everything up nicely. Or so we thought…
The next film in the series, Halloween Kills, should be released in October this year, but I’m not 100 percent sure about that. And then we have the last film EVER, Halloween Ends, which is slated for a release in 2021. It states that it’s supposed to be the last movie, but I dunno. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. If either of these two films is anything like this one, you can count me in.
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