Happy Halloween, Slicers.
Mark Kelly here and I’m back with a Reel Review of Halloween(2018). Having enjoyed the Halloween franchise over the past 40 years I was beyond excited hearing about this new installment. Taking place directly after the events of Halloween(1978) this movie opts to forgo the lore built over the years. Although I have enjoyed the previous films it was nice to see some new life breathed into the franchise. So, without further ado, onto the Reel Review of Halloween(2018).
It’s been 40 years since the murder of 4 people occurred in Haddonfield, IL on Halloween. That night the serial killer Micheal Myers was apprehended and has been held in Smith’s Grove Sanitarium ever since. Even though Micheal is in captivity this has provided little comfort for Laurie Strode. That night two of her best friends were murdered. Over the years she has become increasingly paranoid and has developed Agoraphobia. Although this has affected her family and friends it has also made her prepared for if Micheal ever escapes again.
Two crime podcast journalists have chosen to focus on the Micheal Myers murders for their new investigation. They get access to visit Micheal in person and to an item that he holds near and dear, his white mask. During the meeting they show Micheal his mask and mention Laurie Strode. This seemingly ignites a fire. It’s Halloween and Haddonfield is about to see the return of a familiar foe, but this time Laurie is ready.
Directed by David Gordon Green and written by Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green, Halloween(2018) is a superb edition to the storied horror franchise. We see the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Micheal Myers. It is the confrontation between Laurie and Micheal that is the driving force of the film. Laurie has a daughter, Karen(Judy Greer), and a granddaughter, Allyson(Andi Matichak). Karen is very discouraging of her mom Laurie. She doesn’t believe Micheal will ever escape and worries about her moms sanity. Laurie’s granddaughter, Allyson, is a bit more accepting and willing to hear her grandmother out. While the rest of the cast does a fine job, it is these four actors that carry the majority of the film. They each do a fantastic job and will keep you invested till the credits roll.
Like with every slasher film the kills are extremely important to its success or failure. Halloween(2018) succeeds in that it portrays Micheal Myers as cold and brutal as we have ever seen him, if not more. The gas station scene and tracking shot of Micheal first arriving in Haddonfield are some standout scenes where the tension is really ratcheted up and the number of kills start to grow. I will say, however, if you are a person looking for clever and interesting kills that have never been seen in previous horror films, Halloween might not be what you’re looking for.
Along with the formulaic kills I would also say the story is a bit one note as well. Nothing new is done here and while we still got a great new entry into the series sometimes it’s good to see more risks being taken. I’m reminded of Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, in which a giant risk was taken and, in my opinion, was pulled off to great effect.
Halloween fans rejoice. We got a well crafted movie with an overall polish and care taken with the project. It’s great to see this franchise treated with such respect. Maybe some more risks could have been taken in the kills and storytelling department, but maybe it’s for the better since we ended up with such a quality final product.
5 out of 6 reels.