REVIEW: ‘Halloween’ is a timeless thriller

I don’t make it any secret that the original Halloween from 1978 is not only my favorite horror film, but one of my favorite movies of all time. When 2018’s version of this horror classic was announced, I was both excited and due to the track record of most of the series’ misguided sequels, a bit hesitant. After seeing Halloween (yes, this sequel 40 years later has the same name as the original), I think the franchise finally has the boost it needs to become lively again.

The 2018 sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween continues the story that started 40 years ago with Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode, now a mother and grandmother, being on constant alert with the daily fear that Michael Myers will return. While her mental health has taken a toll on her family, her fears ultimately come true when Michael returns to Haddonfield to kill again.

2018’s Halloween ignores all of its previous sequels and with the exception of Halloween II (and maybe H20), thank God for that. The direct link to the original masterpiece is a near flawless piece of horror. It builds an atmosphere of pure suspense that makes you feel like you’re standing on Laurie Strode’s shoulder, waiting for the jump scare to strike at any moment.

Michael Myers is in rare form in the film. He’s fully unleashed against his hometown and mercilessly strikes in several homes in one perfectly placed sequence where the camera follows him from house to house without breaking take. It’s pure terror as he slashes his way from home to home with seemingly no other goal than to just kill.

Jamie Lee Curtis takes the reins once again as the female lead. She’s grown up from the babysitter we last saw her as, and has now, after two failed marriages and a distant relationship with her daughter, become full on crazy in the eyes of those around her. Curtis plays the trauma of a post-murder victims very well. I felt that she really captured how someone would act and feel if they had experienced something like this in real life.

In conclusion, this movie is now the only legitimate follow-up to one of my favorite films of all time, and it feels good that we finally have a definitive answer to the call that was started in 1978 by John Carpenter. I’m excited to see where this franchise goes from here, and I can’t wait for the next installment in the story of ‘the night he came home.’

Final Score: 9.5/10