Halloween (2018) Review

Halloween (5/5)

Directed by David Gordon Green

Written by David Gordon Green & Danny McBride

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Haluk Bilginer & Will Patton

Halloween sees Laurie Strode face off against Michael Myers forty years after the events of Halloween (1978). 

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I was initially nervous, it didn’t give a lot away and I worried that it would feel too crisp and, of all things, too modern. But by the time a second trailer was released, all the worries had gone away and I actually felt excited for something that was going to be a direct sequel to the 1978 original and seemed incredibly atmospheric.

The movie is an excellent throwback to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, giving us scenes that feel so well directed in his style that it feels like a worthy sequel to follow in his footsteps. I was so invested in Laurie’s story throughout, and the way that it handled her preparing for Michael’s inevitable escape was incredibly well done. Jamie Lee Curtis is the standout in the movie, and I agree when most people say that it could have solely focused on her, as she’s so captivating in her role as the infamous Laurie Strode. Her character becomes someone that is solely focused on one goal, and she brings such a level of, for use of a better word, badassery that she’s incredibly believable as a character. Her experience with Michael forty years prior was such a traumatic event, that it’s so understandable she dedicated her life to preparing to kill him. 

One of the only problems I had with Halloween was the character of the doctor played by Haluk Bilginer, his character just seemed like he was only there to bring some elements of the story forward to the meeting between Laurie and Michael, and I didn’t get much else from him. But I can say for certain that this was the only issue that I had, the rest of the film felt so atmospheric and built a lot of tension that’s crucial for a film like this, 1978’s Halloween had so much tension building up to scenes so it was important that this film followed suit and it surely delivered on that. Some scenes felt as if they were directed by John Carpenter himself, which was a great nod to him, leaving me to feel that he could have had a lot more involvement than just producing.

The kills were fully suspenseful and I found that because there was so little gore, everytime we saw a gory death or a close up of the death’s aftermath, it felt shocking to see which really added to my enjoyment of the movie, I was really glad that some things were implied more than shown making for what we do see to be a lot more impactful. 

The final showdown was so reminiscent of what we saw in Halloween (1978) and there were a lot of tropes from the original that were spun on its head to create something new and fresh, without giving any spoilers, there were moments where Laurie felt more like the predator as opposed to Michael being that way and it really added to her character arc and how she’s become stronger over the years. 

Halloween offers up some atmospheric scares and gives the audience more reason to be scared of the boogeyman, and honestly, I had so much fun watching this movie, and I think it’s a really worthy sequel. But let me know what you thought of Halloween in the comments, and interact on social media! 

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