10-18-2018 MOVIE REVIEW: HALLOWEEN (2018)
Michael Meyers is officially back. Halloween 2018 marks the forty year anniversary of the original release of the picture that sent audiences screaming out of theaters, padding their locks and doors, and double checking over their shoulders at night. On Halloween night 1978 Myers escapes an Illinois psychiatric ward where he's been housed for murdering his sister. Later that evening Myers goes on a murdering spree killing five people, terrorizing the small town of Haddonfield, and looking for Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) who viewers find out after the second installment of the film is Michaels adopted sister. Halloween II is where director David Gordon Green, whose previous credits include HBO's Eastbound & Down and the 2008 comedy Pineapple Express, picks up. Myers, who still hasn't said a word in forty years, is set to be transferred to a new ward on Halloween night 2018 but escapes after wrecking the bus he was on en route to the new facility. Laurie Strode is still haunted by Myers decades later and has been training to kill for the day he escapes. Not only has Strode booby-trapped her home that now includes a panic room, but she has also become an accomplished marksman. You probably know where this headed, so no spoilers here, but the ending features quite the showdown between Meyers and Strode who is now a grandmother. Halloween 2018 was shot on location in South Carolina and features many nostalgic moments viewers of the previous installments are sure to enjoy. The film isn't perfect by any means; there are subplots such as the high school soaps and boyfriend, girlfriend blah blah this picture could have done without, but Green keeps Halloween laser focused with suspense and thrills that make the 2018 adaptation a pure joyride. John Carpenter electric scores never get old and are just as haunting as they were in the original picture. Eleven features later and Halloween finally has a respectable sequel that lives up to the hype it deserves. I give Halloween 3 out of 4 stars.