JAMIE LEE CURTIS returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Is it worth it to watch? Read on…
What Marcus thinks of it? His POV
The first Halloween movie came out when I was 8 years old. Yeah, do the math…I’m old. So, this movie series has been with me my whole life. This is the 11th film, and I think I have only seen one or two before this. I’ve seen clips and seen the character my whole life, but never was a fan. And I’m a little confused. I heard this was a sequel to the 1st Halloween only. So, I think 2-10 are a different Halloverses. But as an actor, I was happy to see some of the original cast come back and do the roles that started their careers. I was willing to see the movie for that alone.
My favorite part of the movie happens pretty early, when some kids are talking about the state of the world. They comment on how the real world seems a lot worse than some guy killing 5 people with a knife. And it’s so true. The body count in this film is a bit higher than 5, but I find it interesting that even as we have become more accustomed to seeing gore and violence in our movies, this movie chose to hide a lot of the action. I remember growing up and talking with my friends, thinking the fun part of these movies was watching how creative the killers could be when they killed everybody. Probably why the world is the way it is now. But this Halloween chose to have action take place off screen, only showing us the result. Not every kill is this way, of course. There are some great special effects and realistic looking pieces of brutality.
Another wonderful thing about the past Halloween movies and others in this genre was the gratuitous nudity. This film has none. I don’t think we saw one boob. Growing up, if we saw a couple having sex in one of these movies, we just knew they were going to get killed. Here you will only see some lame dry humping.
The storyline is all over the place and isn’t very logical. So, in that sense, it is like the older movies. Logic just doesn’t apply here. Nobody does what you would do in real life. But if they did, you’d have no reason to yell at the screen. Don’t open that door, you moron!! There are subplots that just kind of die (some literally). They try to get into this whole family thing that sort of works, but it could have been so much more bad-ass if they tried. Three generations of people traumatized by this monster for 40 years and they still can’t manage to be prepared for what will happen.
But in the end, it is a lot of fun. We know people are going to die, and we don’t want them to. We want them to run in the right direction and make the right choices. We want to see them beat the bad guy. It does have a lot of fun moments, but I think the true fans of the genre are going to feel a little let down by how family-friendly it has gotten. If you scare easily or you’re a fan, go see this. If you think these movies are stupid, you might like this one a bit more than others, but only a bit.
What Earth Thinks of it? Her POV
It was good that they gave a brief backgrounder of the story behind Michael Mayers because some of the the younger generatiob may not even heard of it except for Halloween and that white creepy mask in overalls is a great costume classic.
I am a horror movie fan, I just love the adrenaline rush the shock factors give me. I don’t get nightmares watching them. I’ve seen some of the Halloween movies and barely remember what happened so good they gave the background a bit. It’s not a reboot so it was good. It makes sense too unlike other horror films. It patches up some holes from the old Halloween movies.
The only thing I didn’t like was the ending. They could’ve ended it better! I mean I felt a bit hanging!
Could this be another Halloween movie coming again? I think so coz well… Watch and listen until the end credits.
Master of horror JOHN CARPENTER executive produces and serves as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, JASON BLUM (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity).
Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers DAVID GORDON GREEN (Stronger), DANNY MCBRIDE (HBO’s Eastbound & Down) and JEFF FRADLEY (HBO’s Vice Principals) crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.
Based on characters created by Carpenter and DEBRA HILL, Halloween is also produced by MALEK AKKAD, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and BILL BLOCK (Bad Moms, District 9).
Curtis is joined on screen by JUDY GREER (Jurassic World, Ant-Man) as Karen, Laurie’s daughter who was taken away from her when Karen was a child, and who fluctuates between sympathy for her mother and frustration at the nonstop paranoia; newcomer ANDI MATICHAK as Allyson, Karen’s teenager who is attempting to navigate the rift between her mom and grandmother; WILL PATTON (TV’s Falling Skies, Armageddon) as Officer Hawkins, who was a young cop the night Michael Myers was taken into custody 40 years prior; HALUK BILGINER as Dr. Sartain, the psychiatrist who’s overseen Michael’s incarceration for decades; VIRGINIA GARDNER (Hulu’s The Runaways) as Vicky, Allyson’s best friend since they were young girls; and stunt-man/performer JIM COURTNEY (Far and Away), who portrays Michael Myers/The Shape. As well, NICK CASTLE (1978’s Halloween) appears in a cameo as The Shape.
Accompanying Green behind the scenes is a seasoned group of creative talent, including director of photography MICHAEL SIMMONDS (Paranormal Activity 2, Cell), production designer RICHARD WRIGHT (Mud, All the Real Girls), Academy Award®-winning special effects makeup designer CHRISTOPHER NELSON (Suicide Squad, Avengers: Infinity War) editor TIM ALVERSON (Insidious: The Last Key, Orphan), costume designer EMILY GUNSHOR (TV’s The Last O.G., Salt) and composers CODY CARPENTER (TV’s Masters of Horror) and DANIEL DAVIES (Condemned), who are joined in those duties by John Carpenter.
In addition to John Carpenter and Curtis, Green and McBride executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. RYAN FREIMANN (The Hatred) also serves in that capacity.
Universal Pictures distributes Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions and Miramax’s Halloween worldwide.