Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review Halloween (2018)


John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ was a simple yet very effective concept, and following initial negative reviews went on to achieve cult status. Cut to forty years later, and we’ve had no less than ten films played out in three different timelines and one alternate timeline featuring 1982’s ‘Season Of The Witch’. David Gordon Green heads up the latest incarnation, opting to ignore all other sequels and instead focus on making 2018’s Halloween a direct sequel to the original.

The film does a good job of exploring the trauma Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) faced in 1978 and the effect it has had on her life and the upbringing of her children and grandchildren. There are plenty of homages to the original, including clever mirroring of classic scenes from the original, which add a nice touch. You can tell Curtis really believes in this project and is really pumped for it, giving a passionate performance. A shame then that she doesn’t quite get the amount of screen time she deserves.

The great thing about the original ‘Halloween’ was the fact that Laurie and her friends were completely unaware of what was coming their way, which really built up the tension. The constant stalking by a shapely masked figure was unnerving. The tension in this version is somewhat lacking in places which, coupled with the story going off on tangents to schools discos, doesn’t make for the real atmosphere and horror we so desperately crave. We know pretty much what to expect, and it seems as though Laurie and co. do too. That still doesn’t mean it’s completely tension-free though.

Overall, Halloween is still a cut above the majority of slasher horrors, is a worthy sequel to Carpenter’s original, and judging by the ending we may see more from this franchise sooner than we think.

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