Saturday, October 20, 2018

My spoiler free review of Halloween (2018)

Halloween (2018)
Dir- David Gordon Green

It has been 40 years since the release of John Carpenters Halloween, and after numerous sequels and a reboot the complex relationship between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers is presented in this film. Director David Gordon Green has pretty much wiped the slate clean by ignoring all of the sequels and followup films involving Michael Myers. This film is a direct sequel to the 1978 film and has Michael Myers confined for 40 years in a state mental institution. Laurie Strode has spent the past four decades preparing for a showdown and having two failed marriages and an estranged daughter as the price for her vigilance. Halloween is approaching, and a transfer to a new facility enables Michael to escape with Laurie fearing for the safety of her family as well as herself. The concept for this Halloween film is an exploration of one woman's obsessive preparation bourne out of the survivor's guilt she faces after all these years. Laurie's relationship with her daughter and granddaughter has suffered dramatically while her paranoia has made her an outcast. The film does pay homage to the original with some easter eggs thrown in from some of the other films despite ignoring their storyline. Jamie Lee Curtis takes her role as the most seminal final girl and shows she is ready for any fight. Judy Greer plays her estranged daughter who wants nothing of her mother's paranoid fears. Newer comer Andi Matichak excels as Laurie's grandaughter Alyson, who acts as a bridge between for mother and grandmother while trying to enjoy her school life with her friends and boyfriend. The film is well made and recreates the same dread that the original movie pioneered back in1978. The movie does contain some gore scenes, but they are not as graphic as Rob Zombie's recent remakes. Finally, special praise goes out to the original director of 1978's Halloween John Carpenter who provides the score to this new version.

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