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Movie review by David Blackwell

109 minutes, Rated R
STUDIO: Universal Pictures/ Miramax/ Blumhouse Productions/ Rough House Pictures
Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 10-19-2018
The new HALLOWEEN takes place 40 years after that fateful night when Michael Myers escaped and killed five people in Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween, 1978. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was traumatized from her encounter when she fought back against Michael. It changed her as she trained to fight back ever since if Michael Myers ever escaped from Smith Grove Mental Hospital again. She had two failed marriages, a daughter she hasn't talked to in years, and a survivalist compound out in the middle of the woods. Laurie wants to kill Michael if she ever gets the chance. On the night of October 30, 2018, Michael does escape when he is being transferred to another facility. He first goes after the true crime podcasters who have his mask- the same podcasters who are researching and recording interviews for a podcast on Michael Myers.

The new HALLOWEEN ignores every sequel since the first HALLOWEEN directed by John Carpenter in 1978. It is a horror classic which really launched the slasher sub-genre of horror movies. This is one of the very best sequels and it does a better job at portraying what happened to Laurie Strode since the first film than HALLOWEEN H20 could ever do. This movie really shines when it focuses on the effects an attack has on a surviving victim and her family since then. Laurie's daughter is traumatized from being trained to survive as a kid and she basically hasn't talked to Laurie much since then while Laurie's granddaughter wants to connect with Laurie.

The rest of the movie is a mixed bag as sometimes the humor nails it and sometimes the odd scene like the cops in the car discussing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches feels out of place. Michael Myers comes off as more of a more violent spree killer than of the HALLOWEEN movies with the exception of the Rob Zombie remakes. The teen-centric scenes work to a point and call back to the original Halloween movie and some of the sequels. There a few homages and Easter Eggs that calls out to the original movie and the original sequels. The way the new movie subverts callbacks to he original movie really work. The 2018 HALLOWEEN sequel almost is a classic, but some writing misfires by the team of David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, and Jeff Fradley fails to make it so.

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