I love the Halloween franchise. I'll even watch ... sigh ... when Bust-a-rhymes is battling Michael Myers. And I fully admit how bad each successful sequel got. And I fully agree that the Rob Zombie films were a disaster.
But I expected so much from Halloween 2018. This film is definitely of a higher caliber than anything that has come before in terms of production quality, cast and cast ... very similar to H20. But I was disappointed.
First, the good:
The music ... oh the music is the best Halloween score, I dare say, since the original. John Carpenter and crew really nail the music with the synth and the spooky tones. The soundtrack alone bumps this film up a star in my book.
The cast all do a commendable job, though I thought Will Patton's role was underused.
The tension in the final act is definitely there. They nailed that. When Laurie is hunting the Shape through the house, your eyes are glued to the screen.
The Mask. A lot of the masks in the sequel were downright silly. This mask is perfect.
The teen characters teen too hard. A lot of the teenager scenes just felt overdone. The great part about the original Halloween is that the teens all were very authentic. The teens in this film were more like a 45 year old's take on how teens act these days.
The executive decision to excise ALL material from the sequels and make this a direct sequel to the original. Here me out. Yes, the sequels really made a mess with the contrived storylines involving family and Laurie dying but not dying, then dying again, she had a daughter, no she had a son ... oh and there was some cult that made Michael evil. Making a cohesive story while keeping all that would have been near impossible. But ... to completely ignore it brought out a major problem. Michael Myers loses his gravity as a mass-murdering monster.
Yes, I can buy that Laurie would be traumatized by her encounter with the Shape. She most likely would have PTSD and become an alcoholic and have deep psychological issues. All that was great character development. But why would teens in Haddonfield, 40 years later, know or care about Michael Myers? He killed his sister when he was a kid and then killed 4 people as an adult (according to this new timeline). So what? There's even one teen character who suggests as much, who brings up this plot point, but it is just dismissed as "dude, her grandmother was almost killed." No, no, you still need to explain why everyone is so obsessed with Michael Myers? Why are British podcasters interested in him? They're award-winners, after all, why go to a small Illinois town to get a story on an old murderer from 40 years ago? You get what I'm saying? By removing the yearly rampages of death that Michael inflicted throughout the sequels, you reduce Michael to just a common criminal.
Then there's the fact that by removing the supernatural element to Michael, you need to explain how Michael could recover from getting shot 6 times (or even fewer). HE was also stabbed in the neck, had an eye gouged out, and was stabbed in the chest BEFORE Loomis put six slugs in his chest. That's what made the ending of the original so great ... oh my God, this guy is unstoppable!
So he's not supernatural (or maybe he is, who knows) He then is able to exist in maximum security prison and after 40 years of no exercise, he's strong enough to overpower anyone? You see what I'm getting at here?
The point is, by removing ALL the material from the sequels, you reduce Michael Myers to nothing, and yet this movie's whole premise is dependent on the legacy of those sequels.
Okay, enough of that.
I still enjoyed the film. It has its moments, it has its charm. I would rank it as 3rd or 4th in terms of Halloween films.
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