Halloween is a slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Jeff Fradley, and Danny McBride. It is the eleventh installment in the Halloween film series and a direct sequel to the 1978 film of the same name (full review here). It negates all of the other sequels and stars  Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, and Virginia Gardner.

The Story/The Direction:

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This film is set forty years after the original film. Laurie Strode (Curtis) is still dealing with PTSD after that unfortunate night when Michael Myers (Castle) came to Haddonfield, Illinois and killed her friends. She has armed herself and has become a rapid survivalist in case Michael escapes the prison he is being held in. That day is here and yes, he escapes on Halloween. 

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Green is able to keep viewers on the edge of their seats the entire film due to showing how Michael is a force to be reckoned with.  No more is he killing those who are irresponsible, Now, he is going to kill everyone who stands in his way. His kills are violent and Green does not even need to show the viewers the kill for them to understand how intense Michael is. As with the original, the music is great and shows how much the filmmakers are fans of John Carpenter's work. Bringing back the original cast members allows for viewers to see how much these two have changed in the past forty years. 

The Characters:

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The main character in this story is Laurie who is played fantastically by Curtis. She is no longer the naive babysitter shown in the original. She is a powerful woman that is very similar to Linda Hamilton's Sarah Conner in Terminator 2: Judgment DayShe is a feminist parable that represents current events. People look at her as crazy when she struggles with her memory of Michael. She is ready to face him but she is still afraid. She knows what he did and Curtis is able to tap into both the physical part of this character as well as the mental. Viewers get to really see how much Michael has controlled Laurie's life. He has made her relationships with her daughter (Greer) and granddaughter (Matichak) strained and they think low of her. This is a viewpoint that was not given in the first film because that film was focusing on Michael's point of view. Viewers saw what made him who he was. This makes this sequel very good.

The Flaws:

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Unfortunately, this film is not at as good as the original. This is due to how the original tapped into a fear of abandoning responsibilities. Taking fears and pushing them to extremes is what makes a successful horror film and that is nonexistent in this film. It is now a slasher film instead of a horror film. Michael also does not seem as scary as he did in the original due to this and also the addition of comedy. There are multiple parts in this film that will make viewers laugh but that can make the film less scary. Unlike Get Out, this film's humor does not apply to the overall story. Rather, it only is for laughs and is probably due to McBride's comedy past affect his writing ability.


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Overall, this film is a lot of fun to experience in the theatre. It is definitely the best sequel in the Halloween franchise even though it does not compare to the original. It is still a decent slasher film that if this genre scares one, this film will work in the best way. It has a great message, great acting, and great tension. However, the flaws keep this great film from being as good as it could have been. 

Rating: 4.0/5.0 bowties

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