Guess I’m a little late to the party eh? Halloween (2018) was directed by the great and powerful David Gordon Green and is a continuation of this classic slasher franchise that picks up several decades after the events of the first film. Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) is now a grandmother, yet is ever so-prepared for the return of Michael Myers, who escapes from a high security detention facility to reign terror on a rural town in Illinois celebrating Halloween.
The Halloween franchise belongs in the hall of fame of horror movies because it helped spawn other franchises of the ‘slasher’ genre such as Friday the 13th and Scream. I must admit that I am not very attuned to slasher movies since I find them a bit too gorey for my taste. It would therefore be impossible for me to judge how this movie compares to its competitors. However, on its own standing, Halloween (2018) is a perfectly watchable film.
These are some of the things I liked about the movie. The killings. Yes, that sounds quite disturbing but hear me out. Halloween (2018) has some absolutely brutal kills conducted by the one and only Michael Myers – they were entertaining but in a disturbing way. I also appreciated the simplicity of the plot. We don’t go into much depth into the lives of most of the characters because sooner or later almost all of them die. All of the ‘civilians’ in this movie are just placeholders for Michael Myers to kill. Regarding the character of Myers himself, the screenplay did him a solid by not spilling too many details about his upbringing or behavior. This added to the mysteriousness of his personality.
As much entertainment as this movie provided me, there were a lot of things wrong with it. I wasn’t a big fan of Jamie Lee Curtis’ character Laurie Strode. She came off as a wannabe Sarah Connor, just way more psychotic and paranoid. I also found it quite ridiculous she spent years preparing herself for Myers’ return by booby-trapping her house and training herself to operate advanced firearms. Yet when she came face to face with her advisory, she struggled to fire a straight shot to his head. Myers himself was unrealistically strong for a man pushing his 70s. He seemed to defy all the laws of medicine by surviving a bullet to his shoulder without bleeding out or receiving any sort of medical attention.
Other characters in this movie also made some really silly mistakes. For example, Andi Matichak plays the role of Laurie Strodes’ granddaughter. She runs into Myers yet manages to escape – eventually finding the police and informing them about his location and appearance. Yet the police officers stupidly decide to bring her along with them back to where she was running from so that she could identify Myers. I mean, seriously?!
In summary, although Halloween (2018) is a perfectly watchable horror film with its simple to follow plot and entertaining violent sequences, it lacks fundamental logic and character development. The film also lacks originality as it is festered with overused horror film tropes such as jumpscares, dimly lighted houses, and girls with shrieking screams.