Movie Review: Halloween (2018)

Synopsis: On the 40th anniversary of his murderous rampage in Haddonfield, Illinois, a docile Michael Myers is set to be transferred from the sanitarium that has been his home for four decades. Meanwhile, his sister, Laurie Strode, is living in an isolated fortress, estranged from her daughter because of her obsession with the killer. When Michael escapes during his transfer, their paths once-again cross. But, this time, it's Laurie hunting him.

Who's in it? The movie stars Jamie Lee Curtis, James Jude Courtney, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak and Will Patton.

Review: To tell you the truth, when this movie came out last year, I really wasn't all that interested in seeing it. The previews looked decent. But, I figured it would end up being a sub-par attempt at cashing in on an established franchise.

I recently changed my mind and added it to my Netflix DVD queue. My wife and I received it yesterday and watched it last night. After doing so, I am willing to admit the movie was considerably better than I was expecting.

The movie started out a little confusing (to us at least) because, at the time, we didn't realize the movie essentially pretends film after the first two don't exist. While I was OK with that decision, especially since some of the later films got a bit too weird, I was also admittedly a little surprised they also chose to pretend the events of Halloween H2O (which I actually kind of liked) as well, especially since that movie already took the same step.

Once we got over that mild confusion, we both ended up enjoying this movie. I personally loved how the film turns things around a bit by making Michael, in many ways, Laurie's (Curtis) prey, with her setting up traps for him and going out of her way to take the fight to him.

In fact, it was kind of fun to watch some of the scenes from the original film (such as when she is hiding in a closet and when she throws him from a balcony) repeated in this film, only in reverse.

I also liked how the movie didn't spend a lot of time dragging things out, something that is a big pet peeve of mine when it comes to a lot of horror films. Michael starts his killing spree relatively early and even manages to pick out a wide range of victims. In other words, he didn't just kill characters that had it coming and, the fact he was killing likable characters as well did make him seem much more menacing.

My only real complaint about the movie had to be the ending. It was a bit far fetched, even by horror movie standards. But, my bigger complaint was Laurie, the last person on the planet who should assume she won and Michael is dead, just leaves without confirmation. It really makes me wonder just how many people will lose their lives in the next film because of her surprise negligence.

Final Opinion: It was a much better movie than I was expecting it to be and, other than the ending, I enjoyed every minute. I would recommend it as a result.

My Grade: B


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