Halloween (2018) Review

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Halloween (2018) Review

Horrorific content by Yo Adrian on October 19th, 2018 | Movie Review, Worth Watching? | Slasher, Halloween, Halloween Slasher

It’s about Michael Meyers escaping from his max security mental hospital to continue hunting down Laurie, 40 years to the day when he first hacked up all of her friends.

Halloween was directed by David Gordon Green and stars Jamie Lee Curtis (from Halloween, Halloween 2, Halloween H2O and Halloween Resurrection), Judy Greer (from Cursed and Carrie), Will Patton (from The Mothman Prophecies, The Puppet Masters and Boarding School) and Nick Castle (from Halloween and Dark Star).

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Halloween Review

In anticipation of this newest installment of the now 11 part Halloween series, I caught a screening of the original Halloween from '78 at a local theater just one day before the big release. And I'm really glad I did because having the original fresh in your mind really adds to the viewing experience of the newest Halloween, which is a direct sequel to the original and is loaded with references that Meyers fans will appreciate. The funnest references are when Laurie fills the role of some of Meyers' most notorious scenes.

The big threat of any modern remake of a classic is that the movie will deviate from what fans love most, in an effort to appeal to modern audiences. While this one does have a modern style, I still think it will appeal big fans of the franchise as well. The Halloween vibe is definitely there (although it does take awhile to really kick in) and it follows the original so closely that it sometimes feels like you're watching a polished version the original.

Marathoning the original, part 2 from '81 and this new one would probably trigger a serious case of deja vu since all 3 are basically the same story.

Meyers in this one, however, is a lot more exciting to watch. He's less stalker and more killer. Some of his kills were actually way more brutal than I expected.

Laurie was tough, but a bit overly dramatic and manic for my taste. She's always waving around guns. She's waving them around kids, pointing them at family members, crying, yelling, drinking. She's basically a traumatized mess for most of the movie. But it was cool to see her and Michael both still going rounds as 60 yr old and was fun to see some of the other original cast members walking around as well.

Worth Watching?

Definitely, regardless of whether or not you're a fan of the franchise. If you're a fan you'll enjoy all of the callbacks and original cast members. If you never followed along with this seemingly immortal silent psychopath you won't be lost, there's more than enough exposition to catch you up.

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