Halloween (R)

Co-written and directed by David Gordon Green based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and starring Janet Leigh’s and Tony Curtis’ baby girl, Jamie Lee Curtis (I would be remiss if I didn’t mention she is Hollywood royalty. She also got an exec producer credit.), Michael Myers is back in yet another Halloween! It’s 40 years later and wouldn’t you know it? Michael Myers has escaped from the institution. You know that after what he put Jamie Lee Curtis through she wants to finish him, right? And he wants nothing more than to do the same to her because she is “the one who got away.” Such is the premise for Halloween (2018).

I loved the original Halloween, but I have never seen one sequel. I’ve told you before, I’ve been a sequel snob for a very long time. I had no idea 9 other Halloween installments existed before this 2018 one until today. That’s how much attention I pay to this franchise. The only ones I knew about were II and maybe the third (I guess), and I remember hearing Rob Zombie had something to do with one of them. That didn’t even motivate me to see it. For me it is a straight line from the 1978 to here, and it is probably best that way.

I enjoyed this movie, until I didn’t. It’s a mixed bag. It was done in the spirit of the original, with the jack-o-lantern, the music, all the references and it was going along well at first, but this set of teenagers were so very annoying to me. Anyone else? Is it just me? When the phone gets damaged, that would have been how the fight got started. Oh I would have ruined the whole prom. And what was up with those scenes with the baby sitter and the little boy? Fresh children are never funny to me and just, why? I came to watch a horror movie, not a comedy. Not to take away from the younger kid, I’m glad he got a job and a moment, the exchange just felt out of pace with the overall feel of the film. And what’s up with skipping so much of the actual killing in what is supposed to be a slasher movie!? But for the saving grace of a Jamie Lee Curtis, I mean a Laurie Strode, and the realization by all those close to her that she’d been right to prepare for this dude to return all these years, and the stalker-ization of it all in the end, this movie would have been a complete disaster. Oh, an honorable mention to Haluk Bilginer who plays Myers’ doctor.

The best occurs once the prey becomes the predator. I loved the stalking ending and I hope this is the end of Michael Myers. Seriously. Enough already. A 40 year run is more than sufficient. But you know Mike was messing around with one of the women who worked at the facility he was in and they had a secret baby, right? And the child is a killer already at like 4 years old. And so it starts all over again… I’m sure someone will figure out a way to keep it going. But wait a minute… Did I hear Mike breathing at the end of the movie or did I make that up in my head? How is that possible???!!! LOL! Movies. Ya gotta luv ‘em. OH! And when he was in the back seat of the car!!!! Anyone who tells you THAT wasn’t scary is a liar. The movie does have some strong moments and there is a lot to like about it, I just wish it had more.

Halloween earned 7 bloops out of 10. It really took me back to how I felt watching the first movie at times. I’ll throw it a 7 for the nostalgia of it all, but it could have been better with less irritating teens (to be honest, I don’t even know if any of those teens can act. They were pretty bad.). I enjoyed seeing Jamie Lee Curtis revisit her roots and find some closure with a character she will be forever famous for.

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Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

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