Written by: Aaron B.
I usually am not a fan of slashers, I’ve seen the classics (Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and while I can find slight enjoyment out of some of the elements of these movies, I typically find them boring. And worst of all, not scary. That can’t be said for this impressive sequel. I am calling this a sequel, since it is a continuation of the original movie. My liking for Michael had dwindled since I feel Rob Zombie ruined what made Myers scary. Those movies to me were plan annoying and I don’t think Rob has any sense of how to craft suspense and fear, I think he’s a talentless filmmaker overall. His Halloween movies were full of unnecessary nudity and profanity (not that I hate the word fuck, but when it’s said over and over-to me it shows a lack of writing ability) So, I went into this with medium expectations, I admitted that the trailer looked neat and I had never seen Michael Myers on a big screen, and it was October, so why not?
Well, I was impressed. While I wasn’t scared of this movie like I was with something like “Hereditary”, I must give credit. This was an entertaining and creepy good time. Seeing Laurie Strode as a kick-ass character was what I needed. I re-watched the original, and while I do like it quite a bit-Laurie wasn’t very well written and made a lot of mistakes (dropping the knife a ton of times for instance when Michael was right by her.) I love ‘The Shape’ himself in the original, but I feel that Halloween needed a new vision. Instead of rambling, I’ll to a section for positives and negatives.
Positives: I loved how the deaths were handled. Very little was shown apart from maybe in the last half. Leaving things up to the imagination is so much more effective than showing every hit and blood splatter. The scene in the bathroom with the reporter reminded me so much of something I’d see in a 70’s slasher, intense but again, not so gory that it was silly.
I really liked seeing Jamie Lee Curtis. She made a great return to the slasher genre and totally made Laurie awesome. She had some good dialogue as well. The long tracking shots of Michael stalking the streets was amazing-a total show stealer for me, I only wish the takes were even longer and used more often. I loved the scene in the closet with the babysitter, but my favorite section was with the backyard lights and the teen sitting out on the lawn. THAT to me was pure Michael Myers and gave me the chills. The movements of Myers were perfect. The scene where Myers pushes her off the roof, he looks down to see her gone was brilliant. My second favorite scene in the movie by far.
Negatives: I didn’t care about anyone else except for Laurie and her family. The reporters were a bit annoying. The scene with the doctor going crazy was interesting but executed poorly. I would have liked a lot more exposition. Maybe more time with him in the mental institution. Instead of the first 20 min being about the reporter, delve into the doctor a bit? Then, I could have accepted that he was nuts. Again, good idea-just done poorly.
Overall: This to me is the definitive sequel. I only wish they hadn’t made anymore until this point, so we’d have two very good Halloween movies. Instead, we have a confusing timeline and a string of mediocre movies. In my collection, it’ll be this with the original 70’s classic. I really am looking forward to watching it again on TV.