So I just finished watching Halloween 2018…
This film, retconning every movie after the first one, and acting as a sequel, takes place 40 years after the events of said first film, with Laurie Strode now a paranoid survivalist living out in the woods. Estranged from her daughter and granddaughter, she struggles with putting the events of that night with Michael Meyers behind her. However, during Michael’s transfer to a high security facility, the transport vehicle crashes, and he escapes. Killing a film crew making a documentary about the events of the first film at a truck stop, he acquires his famous mask and jumpsuit and he starts to go on a rampage, killing anyone and everyone in-between him and Laurie.
Now, I heard this film was not good, and I hoped what I heard was wrong, but holy hell, this was bad.
Let’s start with what I liked. Decent characters and performances (Jamie Lee Curtis was good as Laurie Strode), decent cinematography and editing, great score (John Carpenter’s re-imagining of his original Halloween score is fantastic), fantastic gore effects, etc.
I will say that, for a Blumhouse film, there are some really interesting elements to it, and what worked worked really well. The one shot sequence of Michael Meyers killing people was excellent, and there were a bunch of cute callbacks to the first movie (Laurie Strode falling out of the window and disappearing was nice). It clipped along, and I was amused.
However, what didn’t work…holy lord, was it garbage.
Firstly, the script was fucking atrocious. The dialogue was so over expository and it was so insulting to anyone who has a brain (the little part where the documentary girl was reading a sign, and Laurie’s daughter literally explaining her character were fucking infuriating), there was a plot twist that made no sense and didn’t need to happen at all, and the high school drama parts were super cringe. It was a typical, trashy, modern horror film essentially
Secondly, and this is sort of a continuation of the first point but I felt it merited its own discussion, was that this film retconned Halloween 2. It was kind of annoying and it made the characters really thin. Like, I understood the point of their characters in this movie, but if they kept what was established in number 2, it would have given the characters more meat and a stronger base to work from. Moreover, despite the notion being silly, I could believe Meyers tanked an explosion and survived. Having him with this horribly disfigured body in the first bit would be terrifying.
Overall, this film was kind of a waste of time. It had some great elements to it, but they were wasted on this dumpster fire script. If you’re a big Halloween fan, give it a watch I guess, but for anyone else, just watch the first two.
4 out of 10 (Quite frankly, it might drop to a 3.5, it really irritated me)