Horror Club: Halloween (2018)

The new Halloween has been out for a few weeks now, but we waited to do something special this year for Halloween, and that was to see the movie on Halloween after spending the day roaming our favorite cemetery. This movie was the top of my most anticipated films of this year, for numerous reasons: it takes place 40 years since the original film, it wipes clean the entire Halloween story line besides the original 1978 film (making it the only official sequel?!), the mask looks totally badass, Danny McBride helped with the writing, easter eggs, and of course, John Carpenter stands behind the film, and anything he stands behind you know is going to be quality. This film was a huge announcement and I've been eagerly awaiting the day I could finally sit down and watch it, and overall, I thought it was definitely worth the wait: it was a great reign of terror by a much older, much bigger The Shape and for the most part, there really is so much to like about the movie. There's definitely a few things here and there throughout that I would've done differently or that just seemed silly, but the general consensus is it's a kick-ass, blood-soaked murderfest where Michael Myers (played by original actor Nick Castle!) chases down an old acquaintance: Laurie Strode, played by original actress Jamie Lee Curtis (does it get fucking cooler than that?!).

Halloween kicks off with two podcasters showing up to the prison where Michael Myers has been locked away and under the supervision of Dr. Loomis, other psychiatrists and armed guards since the dreaded Halloween night forty years prior when he slaughtered numerous people in his hometown of Haddonfield, IL. The podcasters are brought out into the prison yard where Michael is standing away from them, and in an attempt to rile him up, the pull out the time-battered mask he wore as a child when he committed his first series of slayings. After no reaction from The Shape, they go on a hunt to find and speak with Laurie to ask about that night, and about confronting Myers face to face after all these years. You see, Myers is being moved to another facility where he was sentenced to live out the rest of his quiet, wasted life, which sets the entire plot for Halloween: the bus transporting Myers takes a spill and - oh no- Myers is out for a night on the town, on Halloween! As soon as she gets the news, Laurie contacts her daughter and grand daughter - who are distanced from Laurie because of her "over-preparedness" for the return of Michael - and as they buckle down for the night, they prepare for the worst case scenario: Michael comes home yet again, and he's out for Strode blood.

While that plot synapses may not sound super thrilling, watching it as it goes down is quite the opposite: watching Michael grab for knives as he prepares for his slaughter is exhilarating, and knowing he's going back out to find and kill Laurie after all these years is sick. For those of you like me who consider yourself a gore whore, make no mistake: there's plenty of blood, murder and mayhem abound as Michael takes to the streets. While none of the kills may be mind-blowing and innovative for the franchise, there are definitely a handful scattered throughout Halloween that make for a great mess (while not being over-the-top gory). Where some may feel the story is lacking, I'm sure those same people will also agree that the kills alone make the film worth your time, especially if you consider yourself a fan of the original Halloween film and those that came after it. The story presented in the film takes some interesting twists and turns that I wasn't really expecting for a "direct sequel" to the '78 film, but for the most part, the story runs really well and honestly, I'm not mad at it at all. Myers gets a fair amount of on-screen time and some of his appearances are downright haunting (the scene after the dance, for those tho have seen it). My only problem is Michael as a character is it definitely feels like he moves differently in this film than in the original, almost like he's moving too fast. Myers was fucking terrifying because he was evil in the truest sense, and because as slow as he moved, he always managed to catch up and kill. While 2018 Myers has the killing part down, his movements definitely do feel quicker and more rushed than they did. I'm really nitpicking here, but whatever haha. Curtis is fucking awesome in this, though - her character aged the way you would imagine someone who was chased down by a maniac killer as a teenager would: she's prepared, yet haunted in anticipation for a return of Myers. Understandably, she isn't going to be truly at peace until he is dead. But Curtis portrayed her legacy in a pretty epic way, and she definitely has to get credit for it. On a different note, this film is gorgeous. From opening sequence to the final credits, Halloween is horror movie art. There's a strange, warm feeling over a lot of the shots used in the movie (please somebody tell me they know what I mean) that makes the shots look absolutely stunning. If you missed it the first time around, definitely pay attention to it during your rewatch because everything from a camera and production perspective is killer, no pun intended.

Halloween 2018 - at least for me - definitely lived up to the anticipation and hype that was surrounding it. The months of waiting and guessing how it was going to go down definitely paid off, even if it went down a bit differently than I expected. I truly believe any casual fans of the franchise, character or genre in general will no doubt appreciate the movie for what it is - a fun, blood-soaked slasher sequel from forty years ago. Die-hard Myers fans may have a different opinion, but I'm sure everyone can find something to like about this (and three weeks later, I've yet to hear anyone say it's a "bad" movie). Definitely check it out, and definitely check it out in theaters; it's awesome seeing The Shape on the big screen again - welcome home, Michael. (Oh, and if you're into movie easter eggs, Halloween is full of 'em, did you guys spot them all?!)