By Corey Sapsford
A thrilling sequel that stands on its own and as a worthy sequel to beloved classic ‘Halloween.’
My first impression of the new Halloween was pretty mild. I thought it seemed like an entertaining horror film. Although, after seeing the film twice now I realise that it’s more than that. To me, Halloween does something that makes me remember why I love cinema in the first place. Halloween is a franchise that is very well known for its sub-par sequels but this film doesn’t feel like a sequel. The fact there is such a huge time jump (40 years) between this and the original the majority of the characters have yet to be established and when we see old favourites like the fantastic Laurie Strode they are completely different people with a whole history we don’t know. This allows you to connect to the characters as who they are now, not who they were then which is something a lot of sequels miss. We also see a lot of development for Laurie by the way she is perceived by others; mainly her daughter and granddaughter. We see that her daughter is resentful of her for raising her in an environment where she feared everything and the struggles her mother caused her to go through personally. Then with her granddaughter, we see she wants to care for her estranged nan whom she can see is herself in a bad place. Then there’s the star of the show Michael Myers, the unknown. Michael Myers character is wonderfully used in this film, kept as mostly a blank slate creating a greater fear as we don’t know what motivates him to kill or if there even is any reason to do what he does. There are a lot of very tense scenes where we see Michael in actions going from place to place killing whomever he feels like. The best scene of the movie, in my opinion, comes in the final scene where Michael and Laurie finally collide. This scene is fantastically built up throughout the film showing us how scared, anxious but prepared Laurie is to meet with him again. Continuously throughout the film, she says he’s coming for me, but when he arrives the playing field is brilliantly twisted. When Michael first reaches Laurie’s house he gets shot by Laurie and then hides away with her then pursuing him. As Laurie scours the house room by room we are left waiting, knowing somewhere he’s out there in the shadows. The horror scenes in this film take their time to get the scares, helping build the tension in every scene and the tension really racks up here not knowing if she will survive after just witnessing the murder of multiple prominent characters. Could this Laurie’s’ last fight? I kept asking myself. Another credit here is to the writers who try to flesh out most characters and bring a lot of emotional depth to Laurie through her family. Its established quite early on she’s not in the right mind space and they never gloss over the negative actions she displayed in her past.
Overall, I feel that Halloween is a fantastic movie thanks to a great performance from Jamie Lee Curtis, an amazing direction from David Gordon Green and a brilliantly crafted script that makes the film scary, funny and most importantly a damn good time at the movies.