- 29 Dec - 04 Jan, 2019
- 03 Nov - 09 Nov, 2018
Whipping the slate clean with a vengeance, this new Halloween is the direct sequel to the 1978’s original Halloween, cutting off the entire nine movie lot of the franchise, making it a bold and dynamic reboot to the classic horror/slasher franchise that was not going anywhere anyway.
Mike Myer (Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney), the masked figure who went on a killing spree in Halloween of 78, has been in a Sanitarium ever since the first film, never speaking or responding to people and quietly living out his life in the guarded facility.
Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis — reprising her breakthrough role), the only survivor of the massacre, is so traumatised by the event of her youth that she lives a heavily guarded, isolated life. Preparing for any eventuality of Myer’s return, Laurie has been training to face him one day. Her behaviour also leaves her estranged from her daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak).
Good for Laurie because she wasn’t preparing for nothing, as Myer does escape to start the killing spree all over again on Halloween.
Director David Gordon Green, who also co-writes with Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride, gives what the franchise lacked — the right tone and pace. The first half is tight, funny, and pays homage to its 70s thriller roots, and that is when the movie has the most compact and is engaging.
For the slasher fans there is more than enough of gore in the last quarter of the movie ticking off cast members one by one (which is also when the movie loses its grip).
Forty years later, with the original Myer returning as the killing machine, this Halloween, turns out to be a better movie than most of the now slashed (pun intended) franchise.