The most anticipated horror movie of 2018 for many moviegoers and the reason why I reviewed every single Halloween flick: it’s finally time to talk about the new Halloween film, directed by David Gordon Green, that erased all the other sequels to tie the story of Micheal Myers to the events in John Carpenter’s original masterpiece.
40 years after the Haddonfield murders in 1978, two journalists, Aaron Korey and Dana Haines, travel to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium to interview Michael Myers, who was captured after Dr Samuel Loomis shot him off of the Doyle house balcony at the end of the original movie. They try to trigger a response from him but, after failing to do so, they drive to Laurie Strode’s house: now older and confined in her own cabin, Laure (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) refuses to speak to them about those traumatic events. She’s spent the last forty years dealing with post-traumatic stress and preparing for Michael’s inevitable return. In the meantime, Laurie’s family and the town of Haddonfield are preparing to celebrate a peaceful and fun Halloween. However, a bus loaded with patients from the Sanitarium (including Michael) crashes in a ditch, causing Michael to finally be free to pick things up where he left them.
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I have to say, this review is one of the hardest I’ve always written: although I tried to stay away from any opinion about the movie to assess it as unbiasedly as possible, that proved to be very much impossible. Since I read and heard that people who saw the movie enjoyed it for the most part – some praised it to insane extents – this take on Halloween is mostly for horror fans who still have to watch the picture.
Let me start off by saying that, as a fan of the original movie and at least half of the sequels, I was quite excited about this umpteenth instalment in the franchise, but I was also very afraid it was going to suck.
I’m very pleased to say Halloween is, instead, a rather entertaining and decent horror flick. Unlike many of the other sequels, this one genuinely feels like a real Halloween movie, due to the locations, the presence of Laurie (obviously), the updated score (which sounds amazing) and the cinematography, attentively crafted to evoke the atmosphere of the original.
Yet, Jamie Lee Curtis – even though 40 years have passed – is great as usual in the role that launched her career. Her character completes an arc that’s 40-year-long: she started as the final girl and grew to become the hero who can put a stop to Michael’s killing spree.
The overall directing, which worried me quite a bit prior to watching the film, is also satisfying, as there’s only a handful of dull moments throughout the whole runtime and the pace is consistent.
Nonetheless, my biggest complaint about Halloween revolves around the horror aspects of the movie, in particular what should define it as a slasher flick: in my opinion, you can really tell Green and most of the writers had little to nil experience in the genre. Despite the high body count in the movie, the first onscreen kill comes 1 hour, 21 minutes and 38 seconds into the film! Up to that point, all the kills are off-screen. I’m not arguing about the fact that sometimes ‘less is more’, however in a slasher movie the kills should be the highlight.
In comparison to Halloween II (the best sequel, in my opinion) or even Rob Zombie’s reimagination, this Halloween movie feels toned down and very careful not to put the masses off with excessive gore and blood. Then again, what’s the point of a slasher flick with no violence and no T&A?
Yet, there are a couple of fake and annoying jump-scares – most likely forced in by Blumhouse – that feel misplaced, and the opening scene (at least to me) looks rather goofy and a bit laughable.
All things considered, though, I think the new Halloween movie will be enjoyed by most horror fans and by fanatics of the franchise. The movie doesn’t feature any downright stupid moment – other than a scene where a girl’s phone is thrown into a bowl full of cream for absolutely no reason – nor sequences that distract from the story and its characters. As always, check it out for yourself, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.
Halloween (2018) 7/10