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‘Halloween’ is a Return to Form for the Classic Slasher Franchise – Review


The original Halloween was released in 1978 and opened up a whole new horror genre in the form of the ‘slasher’. It also introduced us to the horror icon, the seemingly unkillable Michael Myers.

What followed in the years to come were several inferior sequels that never quite matched the original. It’s now safe to say that the new Halloween (which in fact ignores all the sequels and acts as a direct follow up to the original) has finally given fans and new audiences a reason to be afraid of the boogeyman.

Set forty years after the events of the original, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has far from forgotten the past, turning her house into a fortress, with an arsenal of weapons in preparation for Michael Myers’ return. This behaviour has cost her her family and reputation, as she willingly tries to warn and ultimately prepare everyone for what’s to come. Her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) does her best to keep Laurie’s influences away from her own daughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), but when the inevitable happens, it may be too late.

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What makes Halloween work this time around is the respect and influence of the original film. Without feeling like a gimmick, director David Gordon Green makes it feel like we’re transported back into the 70’s by shooting in a very old-school approach. There aren’t any flashy edits, cheap jump-scares or fancy camera angles. The movie simply plays out in widescreen and has some great intense moments, including a great final showdown between two horror icons.

It’s not without its minor flaws, however. Some of the characters come off quite clichéd, so you already know who isn’t going to make it to the end right after their introduction. This doesn’t deter from the entertainment factor whatsoever; it just comes off a little stale. And considering the pedigree behind the scenes, you feel like they could have done better. You can tell everyone had a blast making the movie though, keeping this version in the true spirit of its predecessor.

Jamie Lee Curtis returns with great presence as Laurie Strode, giving her a great mix of vulnerability and kick-ass heroism at the same time. It’s as if she never left the franchise and gives it her all in a bid to rid the world of Michael Myers once and for all, no matter how hard that may be. The supporting cast does fine, but some exceptional performers are wasted, such as the reliable character actor, Will Patton, who plays Officer Hawkins.

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Director David Gordon Green clearly has a soft spot for the original and keeps its spirit alive, even with the gore factor much higher this time around. It’s also worth noting that his co-writer happens to be comedian Danny McBride, and together they pull off what appears to be a childhood dream of theirs. They understand Michael Myers so well and keep the mystery and motivations of his actions, eerily without motive.

When all is said and done, Halloween doesn’t really break any new ground in the horror genre, but what it does do is give horror fans the reappearance of Michael Myers that they’ve been dying for. The masked killer’s return certainly gives you a good reason to check your bedroom closet at night and with that, the iconic slasher mantle has most certainly been claimed for now.

Fun Fact:

Jake Gyllenhaal had convinced Jamie Lee Curtis to reprise her role of Laurie Strode for the film. Jake Gyllenhaal is a family friend of Curtis’ and is dubbed by her an unofficial godson.

Luke Banyai

After having seen Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead at the tender age of 13, it began a love for horror films that eventually expanded into a love for all genres.

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Luke Banyai

Halloween

6.6

Story

6.0/10

Characters

6.5/10

Performances

6.5/10

Direction

7.0/10

Entertainment Value

7.0/10

Directed By

  • David Gordon Green

Starring

  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Judy Greer
  • Andi Matichak
  • Nick Castle


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greg garner

I am a lifelong Halloween fan, and I can attest…Jamie Lee Curtis is the most overrated human being in motion pictures. Her first performance was respectable….but all of the things audiences liked about her in the 1978 film have been jettisoned each and every time she has returned to the series. From H20 on, she has done nothing but simply show up and play herself…a vile, crass-and let me be the one to say it-a DOG ugly-middle aged woman. I cannot fathom her apparent popularity. She is the most gratingly unappealing cinematic presence I have ever encountered. If they insist on having a plain middle aged woman as the protagonist, I’d much prefer Kathy Bates or Tyne Daly. As for the movie itself…Halloween had 3 legitimate sequels back in the 80’s. This new one pales in comparison to those…2, 4, and 5 are substantially superior. In fact, I was shocked at just how LITTLE apparent effort was made to draw parallels between this film and the earlier versions. Of course, it’s better than most contemporary films…but that’s no achievement.

Nick Janks
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In my opinion, there’s only one Halloween film and that’s the original, the rest all pale in comparison to that, including this one.

As far as Jamie Lee goes, each to their own I guess. She may not be a classic beauty but she definitely has her own special appeal, you seen True Lies?

I think she does the best with what she’s given script-wise for these films, though the filmmakers could stand to take a few more risks with this franchise.