Friday, October 26, 2018
The Night He Came Home Again! - A 'Halloween 2018' Review
When we first learned that Director: David Gordon Green would be talking over the iconic Halloween franchise, my thoughts could best be described as skeptical at best. How was the guy that brought us Pineapple Express going to bring Michael Myers home again? Also where did Danny McrBride fit it in? Would Blumhouse and Green do the un-thinkable by allowing McBride to dawn the mask, and having the world famous physical comedian wield who knows what as his weapon of choice?
Find out the answer to these, and many other questions after the break in our Halloween review....
Thankfully none of those things occurred instead what ensued was a reverent sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, with McBride serving as Green's writing partner on the project, and Jamie Lee Curtis convinced to return to her iconic role of Laurie Strode. The results, the best Halloween film since the original!
Over the course of at tight and winding 1 Hour and 44 Minutes, Green and McBride capture the unique autumn coolness sensed when viewing the original film, all while making maybe the most socially relevant blockbuster in the "Me Too" era.
The spirit of the Halloween holiday is something that is truly hard to describe, probably because it is different for so many people; for myself Halloween is the slasher sub-genre of horror, but for my mom it's cute scarecrows and pumpkin's from Kirkland's.
Very few films capture the crisp fall holiday the way the original Halloween does, however one could argue that the 2018 edition surpasses it in that regard. Take for instance; the Trick R' Treating rampage seen in this film that is the most Halloween thing in any horror movie you will ever see, especially combined when John Carpenter's new, and soon to be iconic score.
However this movie truly thrives as the survival story of Laurie Strode, and the impact that survival has had on her loved ones. Rather than make Michael the main focus of the film Green, and McBride choose to reverse the roles of the hunter and the hunted. Resulting in finale that subverts the tropes of the slasher film in the best of ways.
Halloween 2018 is not without it's flaws, such as the problematic Dr. Sartain portrayed by Haluk Bilginer or the forced high school drama of Laurie's granddaughter: Allyson (Andi Matichak). Had the film been absent of the high school drama subplot, and focused just on the relationship between Laurie, and her daughter: Karen (Judy Greer) this film may have surpassed the original. Instead what we get is the best direct sequel to horror film since Halloween II in 1981.
CONFIRMED: GREAT and a 1/2