Halloween (USA, 2018)

After 40 years, the killer known as “The Shape” is back in this retconned sequel that reunites a legendary screen queen with a horror legend.

It has been four decades since Laurie Strode had nearly fallen victim to the killer Michael Myers, also known as “The Shape”. Confined to a mental institution, Dr. Sartain has taken over the late Dr. Loomis, Myers’ former psychologist. When a podcast crew comes to interview Michael Myers, they are met with not a single word. When they meet with Laurie Strode, she too meets the duo with resistance and tells them that she still thinks about the incident from all those years ago and how it had affected her life later.

When an attempted transfer to a new facility results in the bus having an accident, it leads to the escape of Michael Myers. When Laurie gets wind of the news, she finds herself determined to come face-to-face with the mysterious killer as he returns to Haddonfield to start a new killing spree. However, Laurie must find her estranged daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson and protect them from the returning Myers.

The original 1978 Halloween was a bonafide hit that made Jamie Lee Curtis an instant star with her iconic role of Laurie Strode, who evaded Michael Myers in the famous painted white Shatner mask. After countless sequels and a remake franchise courtesy of Rob Zombie in 2007 and 2009, we finally have a proper sequel to the franchise that takes away the Zombie franchise and all the other sequels, beginning with 1981’s Halloween II. There’s even a reference to that film, which supposedly explained the connection between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode.

What’s great is that Curtis not triumphantly returns to her iconic role, after even appearing in Halloween H20 (1998) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). Remember, this new film retcons (and Thank God it does) those films and we see Laurie Strode as a woman who both stays strong-willed and yet, suffers from PTSD from the original film as we learn she had been divorced twice and lost her daughter to social services for being a bad mom. The relationship between that daughter, now played by Judy Greer, and granddaughter, played by Andi Matichak (who would play a mom herself this year in the haunting Son) plays an integral part in the story here.

Even more the outstanding, the actor who played Myers in the original film, Nick Castle, returns to reprise the role alongside actor/stuntman James Jude Courtney. One can only assume Castle is the unmasked Myers with both he and Courtney sharing the masked kills together. Of course, with the franchise, “The Shape” gets to hack and slash a batch of new victims while still holding the grudge against Strode. The kill scenes themselves are a mix of subtlety and graphically violent., in other words, gory. The finale sets up the sequel Halloween Kills, which as of this review, is released today.

Halloween (2018) is definitely a worthy sequel that pits Jamie Lee Curtis in true form against the deadly Michael Myers, once again played by Nick Castle in certain pieces. Some nice twists involving Strode’s family and other supporting characters make this a horror film worth watching.

WFG RATING: A

A Universal Pictures/Miramax/Blumhouse Productions in association with Rough House Pictures. Director: David Gordon Green. Producers: Malek Akkad, Jason Blum, and Bill Block. Writers: Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green; based on the characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Cinematography: Michael Simmonds. Editing: Timothy Alverson.

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Nick Castle, James Jude Courtney, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Tony Huss, Virgiina Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Miles Robbins, Drew Scheid.

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