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USA 2018
produced by
Malek Akkad, Bill Block, Jason Blum, John Carpenter (executive), Jamie Lee Curtis (executive), Zanne Devine (executive), Ryan Freimann (executive), David Gordon Green (executive), Danny McBride (executive), David Thwaites (executive), Jeanette Volturno (executive) for Blumhouse, Miramax, Rough House Pictures, Trancas International Films, Universal
directed by David Gordon Green
starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Toby Huss, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Miles Robbins, Drew Scheid, Jibrail Nantambu, Michael 'Mick' Harrity, Matthew Anderson, Diva Tyler, Brien Gregorie, Vince Mattis, Omar J. Dorsey, Pedro Lopez, Charlie Benton, Christopher Allen Nelson, Teresa Johnson, Jonathan Bruce, Charlie Donadio, Stephanie Butts, Davol Garrett, Michael Smallwood, Carmela McNeal, Miguel Macario Mata, Kurt Deimer, Chris Holloway, Roger Antonio, Jacob M. Arnold, Sophia Miller, Colin Mahan, P.J. Soles
screenplay by Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, based on characters created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill, music by Cody Carpenter, John Carpenter, Daniel A. Davies, special effects by Heath Hood

Halloween, Michael Myers

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's been 40 years since the events depicted in the original Halloween, and thus two reporters (Rhian Reese,, Jefferson Hall) want to make it into a story commemorating the occasion, and thus track down Michael Myers in the asylum as well as "final girl" Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), who's still traumatized fromback when, for some background. Meanwhile in Haddonfield, the town of the events, everybody's preparing for Halloween celebrations, including Laurie's daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak). Thing is, while traumatized Laurie has made her house a literal fortress with death traps and everything, Karen has long grown tired of mum's precautions rearding everything and wantss to live an ordinary life. But of course, exactly on Halloween night, Michael Myers escapes from a convict transport that crashed, and of course he heads for Haddonfield, and soon slices and dices his way through the population - and of course it's only a matter of time till he makes it to Karen and Allyson. Enter Dr Sartain (Haluk Bilginer), Michael's psychiatrist who claims he can handle the guy and manages to take him alive ... but to the shock of everyone else wants to keep him alive for his own ulterior ends. It doesn't end well. Finally, enter Laurie, who has waited 40 years to get her revenge, and this time she has come prepared - but will that be enough?

 

The new Halloween, which is supposed to be a direct, alternative sequel to the first one, is not a film that reinvents the genre like the original Halloween did, and despite its phenomenal success at the box office (not only for a slasher movie), it's not a "worthy" sequel. Thing is, it's just too convoluted where the original was fantastically streamlined, it wants to be too many things at once, wants to be larger than life, wants to pay hommage to pretty much everything, and aims for greatness, and all the while at its heart it's just a formulaic slasher, and storywise at least not a very original one. But that said, there's some really good acting in here, the whole thing is very slick the shock as well as the suspense scenes really work, and it's sure to offer its audience fun genre entertainment. It's just doubtful that the film will be remembered in a few years time ...

 

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