October 17th, 2018 | Updated on October 14th, 2019
The Halloween franchise, one of the longest-running horror movie series in existence, is returning for its newest installment this October.
Halloween is a sequel to the first film that introduced Michael Meyers, the silent killer who terrorized the sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois, that left teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) the only survivor among her friends.
The new film shows how Laurie Strode has been preparing for Michael’s inevitable return for 40 years, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
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Movie Reviews: Halloween
Want to scream bloody murder? Then the new Halloween is the trick-or-treat frightfest for you. But, first, a leap of faith is required. You have to forget that there are already nine sequels and remakes of John Carpenter’s 1978 original — thankfully, director David Gordon Green and coscreenwriters Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley pretend those lame copies never existed. To them, Halloween 2018 is the first sequel ever to Carpenter’s horror classic.
It’s been 40 years since babysitter Laurie Strode got rocked by PTSD when the masked killer Michael Myers rampaged through the leafy streets of her hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois. And in the years since, the Final Girl has turned herself into Bloody Grandma, a rabid survivalist who’s booby-trapped her house and stayed rifle-ready until the day Michael — the essence of pure evil — breaks out of his loonybin and comes for her. That day is here. And, yup, it’s Halloween.
Review: NewYork Post
Finally, Hollywood has made a good “Halloween” sequel. It took them only 40 years.
After John Carpenter’s original ushered in the modern slasher flick in 1978, eight awful follow-ups were pumped out. One starred Tyra Banks and Busta Rhymes, while another featured puss-filled Irish robots that wore business suits. Rob Zombie tried to reboot the franchise with two terrible movies in 2002, but it was too late. “Halloween” had become a parody of itself.
But the new movie, called — what else? — “Halloween,” is a return to form. It brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode for the first time since 2002’s “Halloween: Resurrection.” And Nick Castle, the original Michael Myers, dons the serial killer’s mask for only his second film ever.
Most importantly, “Halloween” recovers its long-lost gravitas and self-respect. It makes us remember why we loved Carpenter’s original in the first place: It was artful, frightening and supremely well-acted — not “Scream 4.”
Review: Los Angeles Times
The general futility of the Michael Myers Cinematic Universe has only been compounded by its more torturous titles, from “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” to “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later,” a movie that I had until recently assumed takes place underwater.
And so it is with admirable economy and brazen self-assurance that the new “Halloween” movie bills itself simply as “Halloween,” an elegant solution that runs the risk of inviting some tough comparisons. Four decades’ worth of sequels, reboots and pointlessly revisionist plot lines have failed to match the sleek, ruthless perfection of John Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece, which set a slasher-movie standard and elevated Jamie Lee Curtis to the scream-queen pantheon.
Fortunately, director David Gordon Green, who wrote the “Halloween” 2018 script with his frequent comedy collaborator Danny McBride (“Your Highness,” “Pineapple Express”), seems determined to invite such comparisons in the first place. Set 40 years after the notorious “baby-sitter murders” rocked Haddonfield, Ill., this “Halloween” offers a series of callbacks and allusions to that seminal killing spree, stripped of irony and cleverly reverse-engineered into the story of an epic rematch. Scary and propulsive, it doesn’t just forge a direct link to Carpenter’s original; it pretends all the garbage in between never even existed.
Review: The Mary Sue
Forty years to the date of the Michael Myers killing spree in 1978, which left several people dead, the sixty-one-year-old masked killer escapes and returns to Haddonfield, Illinois to unleash his evil upon a newer generation and an old foe: Laurie Strode.
2018’s Halloween is a great addition to the Halloween franchise, and by cutting off all of the previously existing sequels, it’s able to not only make Michael Myers a true creature of terror, but also comments, subtly, on the current true crime culture. When the film begins, we meet Aaron Korey and Dana Haines, two podcast journalists in the vein of Serial or This American Life, who travel to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium to interview Michael Myers, who, in this incarnation, was captured right after the first film. Michael is under the care of Dr. Ranbir Sartain, who is even called the “new Loomis” in the film.
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