It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to
-- but this time,
she's ready for him. Haddonfield, Ill.
Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner
October 19, 2018
Genres: Horror , Thriller
Rated R for horror violence and bloody images, language, brief drug use and nudity
Runtime: 1h 44 min
David Gordon Green’s Halloween franchise refresh can be considered a success on multiple levels. Green and Danny McBride wrote the script and their fandom shines through multiple times with specific call backs or camera techniques throughout the efficient but effective film. Green occasionally flashes some visual flourishes which give the film a stylish look that makes for a better quality film overall. The main thing they are able to inject into this entry in the franchise is a sense of fun. There are well timed jump scares and tension throughout the film but there’s also some well placed comedy which keeps the film from being another soul less sequel. Michael Myers is scary again even if some of the slasher tropes feel a bit goofy here and there. Jamie Lee Curtis comes back to her cornerstone franchise and plays her part very well thanks in part to an interesting take on her character. There are a few surprises here and there but ultimately the film goes exactly where you think its going. Typically this is a major draw back but the film is so lovingly crafted that fans will be hard pressed not to be impressed by a return to form for one of the hallmark horror franchises.