Halloween 2018 Quick Movie Review

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. -IMDB

I came into this movie wanting nostalgia, gore, and Halloween spirit and it definitely delivered. And after suffering recent botched sequels and remakes to other childhood favorites like Independence Day and Beauty and the Beast, I found this one to be quite refreshing. It wasn't perfect, but it was a damn fine Halloween movie. 

Warning! Spoilers Ahead!

I wanna start with a compliment to the absolutely incredible music in this film. It was synth-y, it was dramatic, it was looming, it was spooky, and it fit each and every situation perfectly. I just cannot dish out enough praise for the score in this film. Another great was Michael.  Your breath halts whenever Michael Myers is on screen, and especially when he isn't. The suspense is wonderfully executed and the gore is fantastic. It was always a given that every moment with Jamie Lee Curtis would be phenomenal, yet the dynamic between Laurie and Michael is just so compelling and in the brief moments where they are both on-screen, it is epic. There are a few one-liners where the film is able to make fun of itself or make an homage to the original, which I could appreciate. 

I did have a few annoyances about this film, but they are really just personal nitpicking. I grew weary quickly of all the false and predictable jump scares in the beginning. I also did not like the "twist" with the doctor in the middle. When he first rose on-screen wearing that mask, I couldn't help but laugh. It was just so comical, and not in a good way. I also felt like Laurie Strode's daughter's character was kind of a missed opportunity. I had hoped they would do more with her in the end than just a three-second "oh so, she can be a bad-ass" scene.  It just seemed to fall flat and I expected more than a single gunshot at Michael from this seemingly "raised-to-be a monster-killer" character. 

Overall, I thought it was a satisfying slasher film and it lived up to my expectations. I would recommend it to those who are a fan of the original and new audiences alike. 

Rating: 8.5/10

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