Halloween

Halloween ★★★½

(Halloween Movie Fest 2021)

Once again Michael Myers has escaped custody and has traveled back to his hometown to spill even more blood on Halloween night, but this time he has someone that is ready and waiting on him.

"I always knew he'd come back. In this town, Michael Myers is a myth. He's the Boogeyman. A ghost story to scare kids. But this Boogeyman is real. An evil like his never stops, it just grows older. Darker. More determined."

The only film in this long-running franchise that I can recall watching is the original from 1978, so this rebooted sequel did feel like a natural continuation of Laurie's story. The movie feels pretty much like a modern version of the original, but with the interesting dynamic of Laurie's previous encounter with Michael ruining her life as she develops PTSD and becomes a serial killer prepper. Despite being more startling than scary when it came to some of the more intense kills, this movie delivers everything I was expecting from a Michael Myers slasher. But it should have come up with another name instead of reusing Halloween again.

"I would suspect the notion of being a predator or the fear of becoming prey keeps both of them alive."

(Quick Hits)

- That neat-looking checkerboard patterned area is located at The Citadel military college in my hometown

- I will never get tired of that Halloween theme song, it is so simple and perfect

- Fun to see Jamie Lee Curtis during her best Sarah Connor impression

- Like I mentioned earlier I did not mind the family drama build up in this, since it feels so natural with Laurie really being that messed up and paranoid

- We get a touch of those creepy moments of Michael just staring at people, but really where this movie shines from a horror perspective is how aggressive many of the kills were .. especially that kid getting hung on a fence

- There is some pretty awkward humor thrown in at times, like the two cops talking about what they packed for lunch

Spoilers:

- Wow, Michael's new Doctor really went off the deep in with killing a cop to protect what he calls pure evil

- Michael has one hell of a stomp, with him being able to turn a person's heads into goo

- Based on what I heard going in, I was expecting Laurie's home was going to have much more of a 'Home Alone' feel. But that is not really the case since Michael mostly has the upper hand, until they finally manage to trap him and set the whole place on fire

- It would be nice to see how he actually escaped that burning house in the next one. So will 'Halloween Kills' and the last one mostly be set during the days following Halloween?

- The final shot of them jumping in the back of that pickup as they take off, reminded me of the end of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

If you are in the mood for some solid Michael Myers slasher moments, then you will likely not be disappointed with Halloween 2018.

"Happy Halloween, Michael."

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