Critic Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.
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In other words, like [Brad] Jones, I agree that this is the best Michael Myers-based "Halloween" movie since 1981's "Halloween II."
What once seemed creepy now just seems campy. I'm sorry to report that in the 2018 Halloween, the howls sound more like giggles than screams.
"Halloween" is proof that horror icons never truly die. To come back to life, they just need a little love.
Let's just hope there's at least some planning for the future happening behind the scenes at Blumhouse. If not, don't be surprised to see yet another continuity reset on the horizon - and plenty of angry fans.
This Halloween highlights a question that horror films so often ignore: How does a genre that unleashes so much violence on its characters grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and grief?
Audience Reviews for Halloween
Are you a fan of the Halloween movie series? If yes, then this is NOT the movie for you. This movie really does NOT pick up after Halloween 1. The first 45 mins of the film they could have left out. It was boring and had no reason to be in the film. How do you have famous Michael Myers actors come back like Nick Castle and screw up such an easy role to play. When Michael was on his killing spree in the original Halloween, he was slow moving and had no expression at all. Today when he is in 40s or 50s, he seems to move so fast with lots of quick expressions. Wouldn't you slow down as you got older? It seems we have it backwards here. Jaime Lee Curtis's role was so bad and dull. A woman that has made a 30 year lifestyle of making a house that could withstand a war. She has 5 locks on her front door and also has a drop bar. It would take a tank to knock this down. However, she is so stupid to have a front door with glass windows in it that all you have to do is break the glass and unlock everything? Also for a woman who has spent her life preparing for battle with EVIL, she has guns that are so outdated, I think she bought them in the 1800's. I mean they are guns like revolvers and carvery rifles that every shot you take you have to cock the gun handle again. There is even a scene in the movie where she is given 3 thousand dollars to do an interview about Michael. Why didn't she take that money and buy a real rifle that was made in this century. Yes this movie made 77 million dollars opening weekend, but who the hell saw it? I went to a 3:45 showing on Saturday the 20th in a busy city, and there was no more then 10 people in the theater including me and my guest. This is truly a film that made this look like the best Halloween movie ever in the previews, but when it comes down to it, its a horrible horror film by any of today standards. Forget horror film, its a BAD film by any standards period. Will not be buying this movie on 4k when it comes out. Out of all the halloween movies, this has to be the bottom of the list. YES I know that's hard to say, but honestly it wasnt a movie. It SUCKED!
Blumhouse Productions wouldn't have much reason to exist if it weren't for horror film franchises, and more often than not their movies scrape the bottom of the barrel when it comes to delivering anything beyond a date night jump scare. So I have to hand it to them for resurrecting a film series that was pretty subpar from the first sequel on, flagrantly retconning its last nine films, then somehow delivering a fitting sequel to the seminal 1978 original. David Gordon Green's Halloween joins Mad Max: Fury Road and Blade Runner 2049 in the small but growing echelon of successful decades-late soft reboots, and from beginning to end I was grinning from ear to ear. I decided on a lark a few hours before I attended the screening to reacquaint myself with John Carpenter's classic original in order to more properly gauge the fan service, and the new film has it in spades. From the OG title card font to some very clever scene parallels, the 40 year gap between films is bridged almost seamlessly, hindered only by the unfortunate absence of Donald Pleasence (since, y'know, he's been dead for 23 years). The pacing, dread, and gore of the original are all here but suitably amped up a bit for modern audiences, as even the frat bro sitting next to me was audibly disturbed by a few of the kill scenes. Plus, you can't really beat the iconic score that permeates the runtime, keeping the dark atmosphere amidst the more perfunctory and predictable passages. What elevates the film past meeting the baseline expectations set out by the original is that the movie reminds us that slasher flicks can be a lot of fun. In terms of dialogue, the exposition is treated with the proper amount of import to maintain tonal balance. Sure it's ham, but it's closer to prosciutto than Lunchables meat. As for the extraneous character driven moments, they range from naturally conversational to straight up comedic, and I wish Jamie Lee Curtis had told me after I'd been inducted to NHS "Screw college, go to Mexico." Speaking of Jamie Lee, it's obvious that her break through lead role has led her to this labor of love, and she's joined by an equally committed cast. This could have been a disaster or another easy cash-grab, but Halloween won't disappoint for horror fans and general audiences alike.
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