With Halloween Kills set to release in a few days, it’s the perfect time to go back and check out the first film in the franchise’s latest trilogy, Halloween (2018)
Serving as both a reboot to the franchise and a sequel to the classic 1978 John Carpenter Halloween, the 2018 version essentially erases all past entries in the franchise. It’s been forty years since the infamous Babysitter Murder spree in Haddonfield and Laurie Strode is still living in fear of Michael Myers. A fear that has strained her relationship with her daughter Karen and her granddaughter Allyson.
Halloween (2018) does a realistic job of portraying what life could become to a surviving victim after such a brutal and unforgettable moment in their lives. Laurie has spent the last forty years fixating on preparation of Michael’s return. Preparation that her family sees as unnecessary but we as the audience knows will come in quite useful for their eventual confrontation.
The movie is easily the best entry in the franchise since the original!
While the story is bit convenient at points, that is somewhat expected from these types of movies. There is one story beat towards the end that didn’t really land right with me. I really don’t want to spoil anything for people who haven’t seen the movie yet but you’ll know it when you see it. I understand the thinking behind it but I suspect it may be one of those things that you either are on board with or something that seems a little too out of left field.
Still, overall Halloween (2018) is a terrific horror film and gets a lot more right than wrong. It’s the shot in the arm that this forty year old franchise needed after so many below average entries. Go out of your way to check it out if you haven’t already.
Its sequel, Halloween Kills, will be released in theatres on October 15 or available to stream on Peacock (premium subscription required).