Halloween is the perfect modern slasher for today. The film is brutal and unnerving during its time spent with Michael and Laurie, but is balanced out with its humor (not surprising considering the writing talent) and, even more shocking, its drama. A beautifully made labour of love, evident immediately from the opening credits, elevated throughout with Carpenter's updated score, and finalized during a third act that over-delivers. While today's pop-horror is mostly filled with entertaining supernatural setups, this film made one guy with a knife fucking scary again. I'm in love. Will return for repeat viewings during it's theatrical run.
I’ve always loved this sequel. I loved the idea of “back-to-back” sequels and naively considered them a single story growing up, but now I can see the storytelling is way off from one to the other... with the second being nearly devoid of Carpenter’s magic. Still, I like the kills and seeing Michael with bleeding eyes is an iconic image from my childhood. Also, they flipping kill an innocent kid thinking it’s Michael!? Messed up! Lol.