Halloween (2018) – Review

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By Avanni Trujillo

Spoiler Alert:

On Saturday the 27th of October, I saw Halloween (2018) with my friends for a birthday party. I personally have to say I was not impressed with the story this time. I also have to say this review might include spoilers as to what happens so beware.

A quick summary of the plot is our main character, Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), is still haunted by the memory of Michael Myers (played by James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle), when he took 5 of her friends lives 40 years ago on Halloween. Her obsession with getting rid of Michael Myers once and for all has consumed her life so much that her daughter, Karen (played by Judy Greer), was taken away from her after how she raised her in a dangerous environment filled with guns to protect her family. After Myers escapes from being transported to another mental facility, he goes back to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois to take even more lives. Strode tries to warn her daughter of the impending doom that awaits Haddonfield on Halloween night, but she refuses to listen and ignores her mother. Things become even more dangerous when Karen´s daughter, Allyson (played by Andi Matichak), goes missing. All hands are on deck when the family teams up with the police force in order to find Allyson and get Michael Myers back in custody before he kills anyone else.

While this movie was regarded by Rotten Tomatoes as a good movie worth going to see, 79%, it just did not tick all the right boxes for me personally. I would first like to say that this movie is easy to watch because you would only need to see the original Halloween (1978) movie to understand the plot of the new one. The movie is mostly a rehashing of all 11 movies combined into one including easter eggs from the previous ones.

I was intrigued at first with the opening sequence with the pumpkin that rises from a moldy one to a fresh new pumpkin, because of the possible symbolism it could have, although it did look kind of cheap and last minute with the way it was shot. I liked how they included a new doctor character named Dr. Ranbir Sartain to be a surrogate Dr. Loomis from the original film, but the plot twist of him being evil was unnecessary, especially since he died a few moments later. Overall, without getting into too much detail, if you did not see the film, you did not miss much. Even the ending was uneventful by having Michael ¨die”  and the granddaughter seeming like she will follow in his footsteps and hinted at directors leeching off the series again with a possible sequel. If you do not feel like seeing this movie you can watch the ten summarized on Youtube by a channel called Dead Meat. Eventually he will analyze the new one when it comes out on blu-ray.

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