[Review] Halloween (2018)
Halloween – It’s been 40 years since Laurie survived a vicious attack from her long-time foe and crazed killer, Michael Myers on Halloween night. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. 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 once more to Haddonfield, Ill. Only this time, she’s ready for him.
The movie opens with a two-person, British documentary crew arriving at Smith’s Grove Sanitarium to cover the story and visit Michael. Michael is shown chained outside in the hospital’s courtyard. One of the podcasters walks over to Michael while carrying his notorious mask. Holding the mask up before Michael, the podcaster starts daring him to speak, saying something like “Say something, Michael.” Curiously Michael doesn’t respond or even turn around for that matter, so the podcaster begins screaming at him over and over, “Say something! Say something!” I’m not completely sure why this was even included in the film as it did absolutely nothing one way or the other, it sort of grated on my nerves watching it.
The scene, however, gets even more interesting when the entire courtyard of sanitarium rises up in total chaos, with the dogs furiously barking and mental patients standing around screaming everywhere you look. And Michael, well, he remains standing there, standing silent, never once turning around. It’s not mentioned exactly how this 2-man documentary crew was able to secure the mask that should have still been in police custody these past 40 years, or how the mental ward would even allow such an interview such as this.
After deciding that Michael is not about to budge one way or the other, the crew proceeds to make their way to the home of Laurie Strode, who has spent the last forty years preparing for the return of Michael. After a brief and awkward interview with Laurie, the British team shows that they are not willing to believe or understand and Laurie ends up kicking them out of her house. To be honest, her house reminded me more of a secure fortress or something.
Shortly after we see Michael being transferred to another facility, only to conveniently have the bus crash on the way, allowing Michael to escape to once again find his way to Haddonfield, Ill. Only this round it seems miss Laurie is good and ready, having spent the last 40 years preparing for this final showdown. The oddest thing happens then…Michael mysteriously comes across the two British crew members, and of course, he kills them before collecting his iconic mask before setting out to create havoc on anyone that stands in his way.
I have to admit, outside of Laurie there isn’t really one single character that I ended up care about or hoping they would survive. I mean, her own daughter has basically abandoned Laurie, giving up trying to connect with her. Her overly dramatic granddaughter seems to involve herself in one bad relationship after another. But on a plus side, she does seem to want to get to know her grandmother a little better.
I’m not even going to mention the dad, he’s just a complete moron all around. As for Michael, I feel that they had him be unmasked a little too much for my liking. They never do fully show his face but you get to see him from behind and from the side. He looks like an old, half bald, white-haired man. Not exactly sure why that bugged me so much lol.
I don’t know, the whole movie just felt too strained to me. It’s almost like someone said, “Hey, let’s make another Halloween Movie” and just took parts from this movie and that movie and threw them all together, mixed them up and poured this out. I suppose I’m just slightly disappointed is all. I truly and desperately wanted to love this one more than I did. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not really a bad movie either, so that’s not what I’m trying to portray, it’s just a bit bland.
There are however plenty of jump-scares, lots of disturbing, violent and gory death scenes, but not overly done, great atmosphere and dread. The cinematography is excellently done, the pacing is well done and the music score was spot on. Even though it slightly let me down, I still enjoyed it and would recommend you to go see it…or maybe just check it out on Netflix or when it hits Redbox. And most of all, it was amazing to see the Boogeyman on the big screen again!
Release Date: October 19, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes
Genre: Horror, Suspense, Thriller
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak
MPAA Rated: R
Directors: David Gordon Green
Reviewed by: Grim Magazine
Our Rating: 3.2 /5
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