Halloween 2/8/2K18: Better Than The Original?

Warning: prepare for spoilers

Michael Myers, more like Michael Flyers since he’s a bigger bully than Bobby Clarke in the 1970’s. I know the 2 people who might be reading this who are also hockey fans got that horrible joke, and for those who didn’t just go to the Google machine and look up the Broad Street Bullies. Anyway the new Halloween movie (2/8/2k18?) has now been released and this one is another film on the long release of my “Most Anticipated Movies of 2018” list. The Halloween franchise has always been my favorite horror franchise of all time, and I don’t even like horror movies for the most part, and Michael Myers is probably the greatest movie monster ever created. The lore of the machine called “The Shape” and the pure evil inside the body of this person has spawned some iconic and some garbage franchises and movie monsters since the original film that released in 1978. Sure, just like every other drawn out franchise not named Harry Potter or Star Wars (Episode 8 is good goddammit), the movies tail off and get super trash before its ultimate death in H20: Halloween 20 Years Later. And how can we forget the reboot that was speared by Rob Zombie, who went 1 for 2 in my opinion (the first one is in fact good and not bad I will die on that hill). Now, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green rewrote the ship for everyone and has given us another sequel to the cinematic classic.

As a whole, this is the true sequel that we should recognize. From front to back, this is a solid movie and made Michael Myers a terrifying monster once again. It’s not a perfect movie, but damn is it good. For reference, all you need to see is the first movie from 1978. The plot of the movie pretty much is an homage to the first one, where Michael Myers in institutionalized and escapes custody to finish what he stared, kill Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis who reprises the role, after 40 years. This time is a little different, as Strode has been waiting for the day to come, and is ready to murder this man. After 40 years, 2 divorces, and failing as a mom, her wish is granted. She must save her daughter Karen, played by Judy Greer, and her granddaughter, played by Andi Matichak, before it’s too late. Yes, it’s a little bit of a cheesy rundown, but since its an update to a older movie, it makes sense.

The three Strode ladies probably give the best performances in the movie, with Curtis defiantly giving the best of the 3. I think one of the small things that could have been done better is developing the relationships between these three and how the trauma of the past movie affected Laurie Strode and her daughter. It’s briefly discussed but nothing of real meaning. It does get a little better at the end, which could play into a sequel (if they’re is one, or a prequel). The only other character I kinda cared about is the new Dr. Loomis, Dr. Sartain. Basically, instead of trying to stop Michael Myers, he tries to control him and let him murder people for his own gain to study him I guess. Nothing to really write home about, but its solid and there is a real freaky scene that happens where he puts on the mask for some reason and I laughed for no real reason outside of the strangeness. Michael Myers is written to be what he was portrayed as in 1978, in that he is the monster hiding in the closet. The Boogeyman, The Shape, the kitchen knife wielding murderer that has stood the test of time. He’s methodical and slow moving, yet is brutal and gives no cares about the lives he’s taking. I do think the kills in the movie are creative and gory as all hell, and just about every one is done to further the plot along, but there are a little too many for my taste. In the original, Myers kills 5 people. In the new movie, I would say there is probably at least 10-15 kills, with some in my opinion just because he could. The two podcasters who are heavily shown in promos kinda stink, but do set up the important plot of trying to understand the evil inside the man of Michael Myers.

I think the last 30-45 minutes of this movie also is probably the strongest part of it as well. Michael has came to the home/fortress that Laurie is waiting for him and becomes a tense, jump scare, and action packed game of cat and mouse. You would think Strode, who definitely has the heat on deck and some of the best traps to capture Michael, has the upper hand. Naturally, as the machine, Myers does the hunting. After a few callbacks to the original film and a well placed headshot to Myers that somehow doesn’t drop him which makes sense I guess, they trap him in the basement and set that bitch on fire, similarly to the original sequel but only in a grander and more dramatic scale. I think this is one of many shots overall director David Gordon Green nails. You just see Myers standing in the basement as the house is engulfed in flames, seeing the eyes of the monster before his maybe untimely demise. That maybe 30 second shot was one of the best scenes of this year in film so far, maybe only slightly less than the moon landing of First Man (read the blog). I do want to see how the film translates to IMAX/Dolby Cinema and how much better it looks and sounds. Also, big shoutout to the score, composed by the creator John Carpenter. The original Halloween song is updated, with some extra flare that really adds to scenes throughout the movie.

Anyone who is looking for a fun time at the movie theater, fan of the Halloween franchise, or looking to use a spot in your AMC A list reservations for the week, this film is a great watch. From a theater experience as well, my showing had a solid crowd and some good one liners as well. I fully expect this movie to murder the box office (get it). Venom set the October record at the domestic box office at $80 million, and Halloween probably has a good shot at breaking it in a short time frame. Currently the box office is showing $77 million for the film, but Sunday isn’t over and is currently and estimated not final. I’m also fairly confident in only a slight drop in revenue as well, since Halloween the actual day is only about a week and a half away. The very end credits may indicate a sequel, which I would be interested in if there is no change behind the scenes, but also wouldn’t hate it if this is just a standalone property and is left without a sequel.

Score: 8 Knifes/10

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