“Halloween” (2018) is directed by David Gordon Green and stars Jamie Lee Curtis, who returns once again to her iconic role of Laurie Strode. This film wipes the other “Halloween” sequels from the canon and follows 40 years after the events of the original Carpenter classic.
“Halloween” had a tough task of properly following up a masterpiece as well as being a good slasher flick. Fortunately, the movie manages both of those things well. The only downside is that it doesn’t go the extra mile to become something truly special.
One major problem causes this. The film opens with two characters who host a true-crime podcast about the murders that occurred in the first movie.These characters, Aaron Korey (Rhian Rees) and Dana Haines (Jefferson Hall), do not have to be in the movie.
And that’s the biggest issue here. It’s that these two characters, along with Haluk Bilginer who plays the doctor trope and Laurie’s granddaughter’s boyfriend (Miles Robbins), were only in the film to drive the plot forward and then die (except the boyfriend, he just disappears). The doctor is simply there to be another Dr. Loomis, like in the original, which this movie doesn't even try to hide.
Any character who isn’t Laurie or anyone related to her has zero development or any kind of character trait that makes them more than just someone for Michael Myers to brutally murder. Even worse, they take up a ton of screen time in an otherwise well done movie.
With that out of the way, David Gordon Green is a huge fan of the original “Halloween” and that really comes out in his adaptation. There are shots and long takes in this movie that would make even John Carpenter squeal with excitement. They slowly creep behind Michael as he commits brutal acts of murder, which everyone is paying to see.
The kills are brutal and scary, as they should be in any slasher movie. Watching Michael Myers slowly stalk his prey and eventually unleash his unrelenting attacks will never stop being enjoyable, especially if it is as well shot, choreographed and executed as it is here. There is one kill that inventively uses patio lights and camera tricks that will surely have the audience squirming.
Finally, one has to give major credit to Curtis. The scream-queen returns and doesn’t skip one single beat. With an incredibly nuanced and broken performance, she plays her vulnerability excellently, balancing pain and strength. She is clearly still affected by what happened to her in the original movie, and that fear and paranoia bleeds over to affect her familial relationships
Curtis delivers a performance for the ages, where she has to balance so many emotions and some truly tear-jerking moments between her and the rest of her family, who are also great characters in their own right.
Overall, “Halloween” is a great movie despite all the useless and frankly stupid characters that litter it with their unnecessary presence. If you’re a fan of the original, or slasher movies in general, this is the movie for you.