Laurie Strode and Michael Meyers are back!!!
‘Halloween (2018)’ is the official sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic and follows exactly 40 years after the original. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, the only surviving victim of serial killer Michael Meyer’s “babysitter murders” from 40 years ago. Laurie has changed a lot since that night, two failed marriages, a daughter who she lost custody of and a granddaughter who she is rarely ever allowed to see. Oh, and she’s basically Kevin McAllister. Since the murders, she has trained both herself and her daughter, Karen (Judy Greer), for the return of the Boogeyman, setting up various booby traps and secret hiding places, and after a bus crashes while transporting Michael Meyers from a mental hospital to a new facility, the day they have been preparing for has finally arrived.
This movie is basically a love letter to the original film with various iconic scenes and moments making a reappearance throughout the movie. Also, having back the original actors of Jamie Lee Curtis, playing the protagonist Laurie. and Nick Castle, who was one of the original actors of Michael Meyers in the first movie, really added to the nostalgia factor. Oh, and don’t forget about the iconic, creepy music with a new little twist.
Laurie Strode is exactly what you would expect after what happened to her back on October 31, 1978. Her character is overly paranoid, so much so that she pushes everyone she loves away from her due to her constant fear. Laurie portrays exactly how Hollywood should make strong female characters. She’s fearless, but not fearless because she’s not afraid, and she’s strong, but not because she’s not weak. She’s fearless and strong in the sense that she’s going toe-to-toe with the man that messed her life up completely. She’s insanely afraid and imperfect, yes, but she’s doing this for one thing and one thing only: revenge. Curtis also plays the role perfectly, proving why she’s one of the best horror actresses in the business. She was great in the original, and I would even say she’s better now.
Aside of Jamie Lee Curtis, the cast as a whole is fantastic. Andi Matichak who plays Laurie’s granddaughter, Allyson, is an exceptional actress. especially after knowing she’s only had a few acting roles, and very small ones at that. Her character is basically a reincarnation of the original Laurie, portraying all the qualities of her grandmother to a tee. Also, the child actors in this movie are incredible, especially for being in such a grown-up slasher flick, particularly Jibrail Nantambu, who plays a boy one of Allyson’s friends babysits. He’s hilarious for such young age and basically resembles the audience when yelling at characters when they do something dumb.
The movie is so well made. It makes you tense and at the edge of your seat for practically the entire film. There’s a lot of humor, but not so much that it ruins the tone or mood of the movie at all. The cinematography and editing is incredible, one of the best I’ve ever seen in a slasher film. The script is very well kept together, with small foreshadowing throughout the film.
As for the killings in this movie, it’s one of the more gruesome films I’ve seen, which I personally enjoyed, but maybe not everyone will. It’s also not so gruesome that it ends up becoming cliche. Most of the gore doesn’t come until the second half of the movie while the first is mainly killings you see off screen, which makes for the ones towards the middle and end that much more satisfying.
While the movie is definitely not better than the original, because come on, nothing can top that, but it’s definitely something that any fan of the original Halloween or even just a fan of slasher/horror movies in general, have to see as soon as they can, before October 31 is over.