New Halloween movie is a terrifying success


Michael Myers (Nick Castle) dons the familiar mask once again. Image courtesy of Blumhouse Productions

Matthew Tamez

4/5 stars

“Halloween” is the latest installment in the “Halloween” franchise. This eleventh installment is directed by David Gordon Green, the director of the movie “Pineapple Express,” and written by Green, Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride. The film was produced by Blumhouse Productions, the same studio behind “The Purge” and “Get Out,” and was released on Oct. 19.

The Halloween franchise has had a rocky history, with some rather amazing hits, such as the original “Halloween” and “Halloween 2,” and some more critical movies, such as the two remakes Rob Zombie made for the franchise as well as “Halloween H20.” However, this movie sees the return of Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprising the roles of Final Girl Laurie Strode and evil incarnate Michael Myers.

Despite being the eleventh movie in the franchise, viewers need only watch the original movie to understand what is happening. This movie is a reboot of sorts, ignoring all the sequels. Instead, the movie is a direct sequel to the first one, set 40 years later.

40 years after the 1978 Haddonfield Murders, Myers (Castle) has been locked in Smith’s Grove Sanitarium after being shot and apprehended by his own psychiatrist. Placed under the care of Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer), he has been in an unresponsive state since the events of that night. Meanwhile, Laurie Strode (Curtis) has remained in a state of trauma since that night, becoming a survivalist and recluse as she prepares herself for what she believes to be Myers’ inevitable return. Her estranged daughter (Judy Greer) tries to keep Strode’s granddaughter (Andi Matichak) away from Strode who has unsuccessfully attempted to prepare them for Myers’ return as well.

“Halloween” is a huge success, being the first good movie to actually come from this franchise in this millennium. The musical score by John Carpenter brings to mind memories of the original movie. Along with some fun homages to the first movie and some surprisingly well placed dark humor, this movie has secured itself as a good horror. Curtis feels right at home as the character that made her career and Myers himself is once again the enigmatic force of evil that we all love to see him as. The lineup of victims are all in some way likeable and charismatic, and it’s genuinely disappointing to see some of them go. When a movie makes you like characters that have been made to die, it’s doing something right.

“Halloween” is a must-see movie for fans of the horror series or anyone looking for a good Halloween thrill. The acting, suspense and payoff at the end will be sure to leave enthusiast with a smile on their face. … And maybe leave the rest in a terrified bundle in their chairs.