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Halloween (2018) Review

Halloween is a 2018 American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Jeff Fradley, and Danny McBride. It is the eleventh installment in the Halloween film series, and a direct sequel to the 1978 film of the same name, while effecting a retcon of all previous sequels.[4] The plot follows a post-traumatic Laurie Strode who prepares to face Michael Myers in a final showdown on Halloween night, forty years after she escaped his killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprise their respective roles as Strode and Myers, with stuntman James Jude Courtney also portraying Myers. The film also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, and Virginia Gardner.


After failing to develop a new Halloween film in time, Dimension Films lost the production rights for a sequel, which reverted to Miramax, which then joined with Blumhouse Productions. In May 2017, a new installment was officially announced, with original co-creator John Carpenter's involvement as a composer, executive producer, and creative consultant.


Halloween premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 19, 2018, by Universal Pictures. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with many considering it to be both the best Halloween sequel and a return to form for the series; Curtis' performance was also met with praise. It has grossed over $252 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film in the franchise and the highest grossing slasher film in unadjusted dollars, breaking a record that Scream had previously set, as well as breaking several other box office records. A sequel is in early development.


Plot

In October 2018, 40 years after the massacre in Haddonfield, true-crime podcasters Aaron Korey and Dana Haines travel to Warren County Smith's Grove Sanitarium to visit Michael Myers. They briefly interview Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Ranbir Sartain, a former student of Dr. Samuel Loomis, before meeting with Michael in hopes of gaining some insight into his past actions before his transfer to a new facility. Aaron brandishes Michael's mask at him, to no effect.


In Haddonfield, Illinois, Laurie Strode has lived in fear of Michael returning for 40 years. She is twice divorced, has a strained relationship with her daughter Karen, lives in isolation, and drinks to dull the pain. Laurie has prepared for Michael's potential return through combat training.


During Michael's transport, the bus carrying his crashes. Michael kills a father and his son who stumble upon the crashed bus on the road and steals their car. The following day, on Halloween, Michael resumes his killing spree, killing several people at a gas station, including a clerk, mechanic for his overalls, as well as Aaron and Dana. He then recovers his mask and heads to Haddonfield. Laurie attempts to warn Karen, and her ex-husband Ray, of Michael's getaway, but they dismiss her concerns.


Later that night, Allyson, Karen's daughter, finds her boyfriend Cameron cheating on her at a school-sponsored Halloween dance and leaves the party with his best friend, Oscar. Meanwhile, Michael kills two women. Allyson's best friend Vicky babysits Julian Morrisey when her boyfriend Dave arrives. Michael suddenly appears and attacks Vicky. Julian tries to save her but Michael stabs her to death. Julian flees, as Michael kills Dave. Deputy Frank Hawkins, who arrested Michael in 1978, and Laurie hear the incident over the radio and head toward the house, and find the bodies of Vicky and Dave. Michael suddenly appears, and he and Laurie come face-to-face for the first time in four decades. Laurie shoots Michael, who flees, and she persuades Karen and Ray to seek protection in her heavily fortified house. Michael comes across Allyson and Oscar, killing the latter. Both Hawkins and Sartain, who is now working with the police, arrive just in time to save Allyson. Hawkins subdues Michael, but Sartain, obsessed with learning why Michael kills, murders Hawkins before he can kill Michael. Michael kills Sartain, while Allyson flees. Michael kills two police officers and takes their car, arriving at Laurie's house and killing Ray.


Laurie manages to get Karen to safety before she engages in a showdown with Michael. Laurie severely injures Michael and severs two of his fingers, but he pushes her over a balcony; when Michael goes to check for Laurie's body, he finds it missing. Allyson arrives and is reunited with her mother. Laurie, Karen and Allyson ambush Michael, trapping him inside the basement safe room, and Laurie sets the house ablaze. Laurie, Karen, and Allyson escape in the back of a passing pickup truck. As the house burns, a final shot of the burning basement is shown, with Michael nowhere to be seen. At the end of the credits, Michael's breathing is heard, indicating that he survived.


Cast

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode

Judy Greer as Karen Nelson (née Strode)

Sophia Miller as young Karen

Andi Matichak as Allyson Nelson

Will Patton as Frank Hawkins

Virginia Gardner as Vicky

James Jude Courtney as Michael Myers/The Shape

Nick Castle as Michael Myers (window shot)

Haluk Bilginer as Dr. Ranbir Sartain, Michael's Psychiatrist

Jefferson Hall as Aaron Korey

Rhian Rees as Dana Haines

Toby Huss as Ray Nelson

Dylan Arnold as Cameron Elam

Miles Robbins as Dave

Drew Scheid as Oscar

Jibrail Nantambu as Julian Morrisey

Omar Dorsey as Sheriff Barker

Vince Mattis as Kevin

Brien Gregorie as Kevin's Father


Review

All in all this is a good movie and does skip all the Halloween movies. So this is a direct sequel to the original, just some 40 years later in the timeline.


It is never explained how the bus crashes, (although I think it is a result of the Dr. who oversees Michael) which sets Michael free to wreak havoc on Haddonfield, Illinois. Things are happening and then all of a sudden, there's a crash. So, you are kind of like, "oh, ok we are here now".


Another disappointment is that Laurie doesn't live in town. She lives in the woods, in a fortress, she has designed for when Michael returns. Her home is cool and we get to see the traps as the movie goes on. None the less I thought she would at least live in town and be thought of like the neighborhood weirdo.


Some years later though we find her relationships are strained and she is twice divorced because of her obsession with Michael returning in the future. Her family insists that she is nuts and that she needs to let it go. Those are her grand daughter's words exactly.


Halloween does have some throwbacks to the original. Laurie's granddaughter (Allyson Nelson) witnesses her grandmother (Laurie) staring at her from across the street while she was in school much like Michael was staring at Laurie in the first film. Some other throwbacks include the opening credits, Laurie's song, and the gas station massacre. For the others, watch the film and you'll see them.


The part I found to be the worst was when Michael gets his mask. For some reason, he knows exactly where to go to get it, kills everybody, opens the trunk of the car and puts it on. I think they wanted this scene to be great and it was but the build-up was poor at best. There are several others ways that this could have been done.


At the end Laurie burns her home done with supposedly Michael inside but interior camera shots show him to not be there leaving it open to a sequel and we all knew there would be a sequel to this, whether it does good or bad. It did well, so of course, we will get a sequel.


The deaths are great in this movie. They are brutal and revival Jason's death scenes from Friday The 13th. Michael is brutal and I wouldn't want to cross him. Michael dropping the teeth over the bathroom stall door was a little silly. Like he is going to take the time to pull teeth from a guy he just killed. This was done purely for reaction from the audience. I don't know if it worked because I watched this at home.


As I said, this movie is good for what it is and I like that all other movies were ignored. Some parts were tacky but you get that with these kinds of movies.


Rating

Overall I give this 3 stars

For it's genre I give it 4 Stars



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