Forty years after his killing spree, Michael Myers once again
escapes custody and goes after Laurie Strode, the one who got away.
Directed by David Gordon Green
Written by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak,
James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton
Sequel to 1978's Halloween
The worst thing about the Halloween franchise has always been the unwatchable sequels. After the incomparable first film and the decent second installment, there is a nonsensical dumpster fire's worth of ridiculous Halloween films that tried to make things either supernatural or misguidedly trailer park (Rob Zombie). Now, with the new Halloween, there is finally a sequel worth watching that does justice to the original and plays up the nostalgia for longtime fans. This film is one of the most entertaining horror films of the year and a true gem for horror fans everywhere.
Picking up forty years after the events of 1978's Halloween and ignoring every sequel and remake, 2018's Halloween sees Michael Myers escaping the mental hospital to once again go on a killing spree on Halloween night. This time, however, Laurie Strode (played fantastically once again by Jamie Lee Curtis) has built her entire life around being prepared for this very situation. Now, Michael becomes the prey as Laurie goes after him to protect her daughter and granddaughter. It's a delightful flip on the original's formula, with enough twists and turns to keep the audience on their feet and enough throwbacks to make every horror fan smile.
Halloween is the return to form that fans have been waiting for for way too long. No evil cults, no killer masks, no Busta Rhymes. Just Michael Myers with a butcher knife and an insatiable thirst for teenage blood. Though the film's success will inevitable spawn a sequel or rejuvenate the franchise, I think the buck should stop here. This film is a perfect finale for the characters and to undo the film's pulse-pounding third act would be a disservice. Let it die, folks. It went down swinging.