Signed up the 28/03/2017
There's not a lot of times where you get to witness sequels of a classic movie done so well that they set themselves apart from, and even place closely next to, the original. Halloween comes as one of those rarities in the world of follow up and remakes; making good of, and at times brilliantly enhancing on the 1978 original and classic by horror mastermind, John Carpenter.
Director David Gordon Green takes a slight turn to the left of expected genre tropes and jumpscares and instead peppers vital moments with some (pretty dark) humor to liven the film up, and you know what? It works more exceptionally than you'd expect it to; considering how dark comedy can quickly grow stale unless you're one interestingly twisted Edgar Wright.
In this way this is a Halloween film like no other; from borrowing some of its more visceral material from horror classics such as, say, The Hills Have Eyes, while at the same time leaving room for some mindless fun as found in films such as the Screams and Elm's Streets. What I'm saying is, this is a horror movie for everybody; horror enthusiast or not.
Michael Myers is back and he is more brute and cunningly crafty than ever before. His prioritised flavour of prey, one-side whimsical and other-side coarse women going by the last name Strode, has since multipled. Laurie Strode (reprised by Jamie Lee Curtis) now has a daughter and a granddaughter; this fact couldn't be more daring and pleasing for the ruthless serial killer's distinct taste.
This installment of the Halloween cinematic universe comes above the rest, and could easily place second to the original, as it demands its spot merely through its narrative strength. From script execution by the talented cast, deliberate and tasteful direction from Green, and the pacing of the story helps this film hold against its predecessors.
Get ready to get glued to the screen and jump up from your seat a few times in some brilliantly executed jumpscare scenes. Oh, and get ready to get sentimental as well because this film is all about women empowerment, even when it's not done as purposefully and carefully as you'd expect from writers in 2018. Nonetheless, Halloween is one of the best films I've seen come out of 2018, one of the best sequels, and does well as a modern day horror that will be considered for some years to come while paying its dues to the OGs.
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