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Halloween (2018)

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6.61 h 45 min2018X-RayR
Witness Laurie Strode's final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
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David Gordon Green
Starring
Jamie Lee CurtisJudy GreerAndi Matichak
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SuspenseHorror
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Supporting actors
Will PattonVirginia Gardner
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Malek AkkadJason BlumBill Block
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Universal Pictures
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Ashton MurongReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A slash far above the rest
Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Danny McBride. It is the 11th movie of the significant horror franchise, which is by far my favorite of all the horror franchises. The first Halloween and each subsequent follow ups all hold a place, some more special than others, in my heart, yes, even Season of the Witch and the Rob Zombie movies. But this entry is something else entirely. Not only to me is it the best Halloween sequel, I also believe it is the best Halloween movie, the best slasher movie and one of the best horror movies of all time. Period.
The movie takes place 40 years after the original movie, ignoring all sequels in between. While this is not the first time they have done that, in fact this is the fourth alternate timeline in the series, this time however I believe they got it right. In a storyline reminiscent to Halloween H20, the main difference being instead of having Laurie Strode running away from her past, this time she is prepared for it, as the 40 years past has her spent honing her battle skills to ready herself for Michael’s impending return.
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode here gives a terrific performance that is rare among horror movies; more akin to a serious drama. Curtis is believable and nuanced, allowing the film to ground itself into a level of realism, divorcing itself from the goof and lunacy from earlier entries like The Curse of Michael Myers and Resurrection. Curtis is the backbone of the film and without her giving it 110 percent, the movie could have faltered and not worked at all.
Thanks to the grounded performances and direction, Michael Myers this time around feels much more menacing. Since the victims he kills feel way less like cannon fodders like in typical slasher movies, the overall tone of the character is darker and more mean-spirited. While still having some slasher tropes, the characters in the film feel more real than ever, so when scary moments hit, I genuinely wanted them to survive, but only for my heart to sink, when they bite the dust in the bloodiest, most disgusting, brutal way.
Michael Myers is a horror icon, but he has not been frightening since the original. As the series went on, he became a generic masked killer at best and laughable at worst. The reason for that is because the sequels simply do not know how to frame him. Ask yourself what makes someone scary? Absolutely not when you explain away his curse with Thorn and turn him into a hitman for a cult, or recount his white trash family backstory. None of that. Here he is just a highly resilient, deranged man, who lacks morals and empathy, and preys on one of mans’ primal fears - at any moment someone can break into your house and murder you for no reason and with no remorse.
The best scene of the movie is a tracking shot where we follow Michael through the neighborhood, breaking into people’s houses and murdering them in the grisliest way. The camera, the tension, the lighting, the kills all make it one of the best horror scenes of recent memory. And the final showdown between Laurie and Michael was cathartic and satisfying, having been built up throughout the entire film.
As for negatives, I kind of wished they show more of the holiday of Halloween. Yes, we get a Halloween dance and background scenes of children trick or treating, but something the past movies did absolutely right was capturing the spirit of the holiday that I felt this movie kind of just skimmed through. I wanted more walks through the autumn foliage and perhaps even a scene at a costume shop would have been appreciated.
With Laurie and Michael both working as characters for their different respective reasons, the rest of the technical aspect of the film is equally brilliant. The writing, directing and music (of which John Carpenter returned for) are all top-notch. Halloween 2018 is the best movie of the series for me, topping even the original because of the much more menacing nature of Michael Myers. The movie is a slash far above the rest of horror movies of the same vein. Halloween will satisfy those who are looking for a fun, jump scare-filled movie, as well as those who are looking for intense, arthouse horror.
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That guyReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Heartbreaking disappointment..Zombie's remake had more love for the original.
I consider John Carpenters Halloween to be the greatest movie ever made. Not only is the film amazing but it also captures a moment in time (the late 70's) better than any film from my childhood..I don't have time to write a thesis on the power of the original Halloween or the time to explain why Zombie's remake was the perfect alternate view of the story to someone that grew up with Halloween in their dna.

I really believed that this take on Halloween was supposed to return to the atmosphere and attitude of John Carpenters masterpiece and I looked forward to it more that any movie in years..I thought Michael Myers would once again become "the shape" lurking in the shadows causing fear, dread, and gut wrenching suspense with the help of a evil sounding minimalist score (even John Carpenter disappointed me here). And why not pay homage to Dean Cundey's fantastic cinematography? This looked like some made for Netflix poorly lit fake film..I'm glad they dropped the Laurie is Michael's sister thing that started in Halloween 2 (A far superior film) but that is about all that I liked...If this is supposed to be a direct sequel to the original why make Laurie a psycho vigilante hell bent on revenge?..I have no problem with the Laurie character making a appearance in the film, but to have some ridiculous final show down with a plot to cage "The Shape" is about as far away from the mindset of groundbreaking 70's independent film making as you can get...And don't get me started on the sitcom style humor.

I swear I almost started to tear up in the theater due to my disappointment. This is no better than Halloween 4,5,6, H20, but anything is better than Resurrection...Halloween, Halloween 2, Halloween 3: The Season of The Witch, Rob Zombies Halloween, and yes even Rob Zombies Halloween 2 are all that exist to me. But those films are still not worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as the original Halloween. I have not been this wrecked with disappointment since "The Phantom Menace"
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StrandedPirateReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lame
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Before watching I was led to believe Curtis's character had trained herself into a bad a$$, but nope, more like a crazy rambling idiot barely capable of wielding a fire arm. The high level players; writers, producers and director should be ashamed of the final result. So much energy wasted on scenes that add nothing to the plot, the doctor turned psycho and saying crap in a deep voice, the grand daughter running through the woods screaming at mannequins, youths saying stupid rude crap to each other at parties, journalists visiting people and being jerks. All of it a waste of time when they should have been focusing on Curtis's character, Micheal and a real story.

Clearly heavily edited which accounts for a lot of scenes that seem "off".
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VictoriaSelene Skye~DemeReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Fail
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Well whoever edited this ruined the already non viable script and cheesy acting. Too much gore and little content. Even Jamie Lee Curtis went the B queen route of acting in this, and I doubt intenionally. Really goofy. Like I know the gore was supposed to be so abysmally graphic it was supposed to come across as farcical. Fail. It just came across as gross. The script is painful to be subjected to. I watched it in increments it was so bad. The only reason it gets 2 stars instead of one is for the actor who played the little kid who bas being baby sat by Barbie waiting for Dave. "You gonna die , Dave." ok, I laughed. That little kid had that small role down to such perfection it was flawless. His performance was the only one worth watching in this 2018 version, otherwise, nope. Fail.
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th0masC.Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
if they could they would, but they can't, so don't ask again
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This is a poor follow up to the franchise, not at all what fans wanted or anticipated with all the hype leading up to it. The first one was lightning in a bottle. It was made in a time when each iteration of a related genre was one upping the last. When the Exorcist came out, it was perfect. When Texas Chainsaw Massacre was released, it was near perfect. When Halloween (1978) gained traction, it was the new perfect. American horror cinema may not see the likes of that time period again. I think the biggest problem is that ‘Evil’ as an elemental shape never makes a very good first billed character. Initially I thought… they’re going to do something really crazy. Michael has been dead since Halloween II, and Laurie is actually the killer in this one. That would have made more sense than what they did. There was something pervasively odd about the film, stylistically, like too many hands in the cookie jar and not nearly enough cookies. The hype, time of year it was released and Mrs. Curtis’ ongoing loving devotion to her own personal monster are the only things that made this film relevant. Its scant self-awareness was not aware enough to make a better film. And let’s be fair, there are plenty of ways the modern knowledge and concepts of mental illness could be tweaked to provide for a truly horrifying cinematic experience. That’s not even to mention ongoing debates over drugs and more controversial treatment methods within the mental health community. The violent, criminally insane serial killer might be cliché at this point… but there is so much more for fodder where that ‘crazy’ idea came from. I mean if you’re going to disparage an entire class of the disabled, DO jump the shark and make your entire premise too completely off the wall to be likely, if at all true. And really the best thing about Michael isn’t that he’s violent, murderous or crazy. It’s that he’s just a shape. It’s easy for him to be the Boogeyman of Halloween because that’s the one holiday we allow our most vulnerable to be the most vulnerable and trust complete strangers with. In a way, Meyers is descended from the Wolfman. There’s a correlation between the dangers of the elemental wilds and the unknown and the Boogeyman at Halloween time when we mark a change of seasons and time to huddle closer together for light, or warmth, or safety from what’s prowling and hunting in the dark. In our primordial memory, we remember that not everyone survived the winter, and temperaments that could be kept outside the home or away were once again in close quarters, inescapable, sometimes physically cut off from the help of neighbors by inclement weather. Or as Danny Elfman and Tim Burton said in their Nightmare Before Christmas, “I am the Who, when they call ‘Who’s there?’ I am the wind blowing through your hair.” You know unless you’re trapped in a closet, next to the kids you’re babysitting who can NEVER be quiet, being stalked by the masked guy who just brutally murdered all of your friends.
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megReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love love love
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This is finally an update that I can actually say lives up to the franchise. I really enjoyed halloween h20. But that was the only remake that I thought was even close to the original. Of course nothing can touch the very first Halloween movie. But I really enjoyed this one. It was so creepy and I always enjoy a Jamie Lee Curtis movie. I thought It was very good and we'll put together. Any halloween movie that doesn't include Jamie Lee Curtis is never going to work.
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JustinReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Meh.
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I'm a big fan of horror movies and especially the Halloween Franchise (most of them and for various reasons). That being said, I believe if you are a true fan of the original Halloween you may be disappointed in this movie.
The movie of course had some awesome things about it, especially the throw backs to the original (opening credits were probably my favorite part)
I watched the movie 2 times since getting it and have some personal opinions that I'm certain many would agree with.
My first opinion is that there should have been more suspense to this movie.. I only held my breathe in anticipation one time, which considering how low budget the first one was it had way more suspense to it and made me and still makes me jump when I watch it.
My second problem was the mask.
The movie exists in the Halloween Universe where the original film was the only one before this (another problem in my opinion) so, if they had caught Myers, the mask probably would have looked a lot less worn than this one was.. it looked more like the mask from the Rob Zombie remake.
I could go on but I'll stop.
I will close by saying, overall I loved the base concept and definately love the nostalgic feeling I got.. but, I will probably watch once every 3 years and I feel like H2O was more entertaining and fit the original feeling of the the great and timeless classic, "Halloween" - 1978.
"It was the boogeyman" - LS
Hope this helps y'all.
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Michael J. TrescaReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tricks on us!
I've watched all of the Halloween movies in the franchise and their increasingly sillier installments, culminating in what I consider to be the pinnacle of the series in Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later. For a movie that has John Carpenter's stamp as executive producer, this latest remake of Halloween is cynically cast, lazily scripted, and blithely ignores all of the movies that went before while arrogantly demanding you buy into its dumb-as-rocks premise. Well, the trick's on us for goosing this shambling mess to box office records.

Halloween (2018) works mightily to connect with the 1978 original, from the film score to the chunky orange credits. The difference is that the original didn't have to explain itself because it was new -- it kicked off the entire genre of slasher films after all -- but by updating the movie, Halloween brings up some uncomfortable questions...and then fails to answer any of them.

To begin with, antagonist Michael Myers is pretty spry for an old guy at 61 years old. He's been in an asylum since the original film and never says a word ("he can speak," says weirdly-accented Dr. Ranbir Sartrain, "he just chooses not to"). As two idiot podcasters try to provoke Myers into saying something by presenting his original mask, the sanitarium goes wild. Halloween stigmatizes mental illness and then piles on disregard for the well-being of everyone else who might suffer from it. It doesn't help that Sartrain himself is a weirdo who is clearly unfit to manage Myers' care. Nobody seems to notice.

The plot pivots on Laurie Strode (the radiant Jamie Lee Curtis) as Myers' opposite, two combatants locked into an eternal battle that Strode has been preparing for her whole life. Unfortunately, that preparation has taken a toll on her family, robbing her of contact with her daughter (Judy Greer as Karen Nelson) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak as Allyson Nelson). Just kidding! Although the movie takes great pains to explain how Nelson was taken away from Strode at a young age by social services and they no longer speak, Strode is in constant contact with both her daughter and granddaughter. What could have been a character-growing moment in the vein of Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 is hand-waved away. Strode's plan -- decades in the making, mind you! -- is firearms training and a house filled with traps. There are no escape routes or even a coherent method of executing her plan. Strode turns lights on and off at all the wrong moments, fails to share her guns or educate her family on how to use them, and never presses her advantage.

Look, I get it -- the director was trying to flip the script. Instead of the male Shape stalking a female victim, the Final Girl has finally turned the tables, and this is evident in everything from Strode's traps to how she's filmed as if SHE'S the stalker. But the writers go too far in turning evey male into a vile stereotype, from the too-jerky-to-be-believed boyfriend (Allyson has terrible taste), to the icky-drunk-guy-friend (she also has terrible friends), to the older-husband-who-plays-with-a-yo-yo (nubile Karen has a husband who looks ten years older). The authorities are staggeringly incompetent, from the National Guard that never shows up to the 911 dispatcher who encourages a boy to drop his phone and "check out what happened to his dad." This movie doesn't just have an Idiot Ball, it's like an Idiot Soccer Game where each new victim kicks it so quickly you lose IQ points just keeping track.

Sure, there are some compelling murder scenes -- for an old guy, Myers is so strong that he crushes skulls like melons -- but much of what made Halloween interesting was not just a murder spree but the idea that under his mask, Myers could be ANYBODY. The film forgets that Myers took off his mask and walked among us. The trope that Halloween started has consumed it, such that there's no longer any question as to why Myers does what he does. He has so little autonomy that he might as well be a dog in a mask.

This remake is a terrible trick. For a real treat, what the original and H20.
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