Halloween (I) (2018)

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Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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18 January 2019 | Front-Row-Reviews
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| CHEER! - (7 stars out of 10)
The stage curtains open ...

Like any other Halloween franchise fan, I went into this one with high hopes. After all, Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode - the original Shape/Michael Myers, Nick Castle is also back, and the film had the full support of John Carpenter. It's 40 years after the events of the original film, a direct sequel. This one had to be good, right? Well, not so fast.

The opening sequence shows two podcasters arriving to a sanitarium to visit Michael, who's chained up outside in a courtyard. One of them approaches Michael, holding his mask up before him and daring him to speak. "Say something, Michael," he says. When Michael won't respond or even turn around, the podcaster begins to scream at him over and over, "Say something! Say something!" Let's just say I was less than thrilled with this beginning, feeling it was rather lame. I was thinking, I hope this isn't going to be an indication of how the rest of this movie is going to go. Fortunately, it did improve - somewhat.

While Michael is being transferred to another facility, the bus he is on crashes, allowing him to escape and once more find his way to Haddonfield and to his recluse sister, Laurie. But, Laurie is ready - having had 40 years to prepare for one last showdown. Michael finds the two podcasters, killing them, and retrieves his mask. And then the real carnage begins - on Halloween night.

To be honest, I wasn't as enamored with this film as others seem to be. It wasn't a bad movie, in fact, it was pretty entertaining. What I did appreciate about this Halloween movie was that it didn't revert to jump scare tactics, or tricks of the camera. It allowed the tension to build over time, like the original did. The dialogue was fairly good, except for the opening sequence mentioned above. And the cinematography was spot on - with dark backdrops and themes.

But, overall, this wasn't an impressive movie to me. It was solid, it was good - and it covered all the bases, so I don't know why I walked away feeling it could've been better. I felt the acting could've been better, honestly. They could have done more with Laurie - bringing more depth to her character. In Halloween H20 - Twenty Years Later, Jamie Lee Curtis brought it. In this one, it seemed like she was holding back some, and I don't know why. The other characters are flawed, but again, the acting was just good enough to get the job done.

This wasn't a bad movie. I did enjoy it and would see it again, and would even recommend it. It just falls short a little bit here and there. In the franchise, this is my 3rd favorite - falling behind the original classic, and H20.

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Trivia

Laurie uses a Winchester to defend herself against Micheal. It is interesting to note, in the original 1978 film, the young Laurie and the children she babysits are watching Howard Hawks' 1950 classic film version of The Thing (which John Carpenter would remake in 1982). Winchester is not only Hawks' middle name, but he also named his production company Winchester Films. In the 1978 version, Carpenter shows the Winchester Films logo before the opening credits of the 1950 The Thing. Carpenter acknowledges Hawks as a major influence.


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Julian: I saw someone in the hallway standing outside my door!
Dave: What's up, buddy?
Julian: There was a fucked up face watching me from the dark!
Dave: Ghosts and goblins, little buddy?
Julian: Shut up, Dave! I heard the breathing and then a thump. He's in here! The Boogeyman's in ...


Goofs

Near the end of the film the two police officers guarding Laurie's house are requesting backup after finding a murdered police man (= the doctor) near the police vehicle, which stopped a short distance from them. After the climax, with Laurie's house now on fire, Laurie, her daughter and her granddaughter hitch a ride on a pick up truck, yet backup is nowhere to be seen.


Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, Michael Myers' distinctive breathing can be heard.


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Close to Me
Written by
John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Aron Michael Marderosian and Robert J. Marderosian
Performed by Heavy Young Heathens
Courtesy of Twelvesixty, LLC
By arrangement with Jack O'Lantern Music Publishing, Inc.

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