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Halloween (2018)

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Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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David Gordon Green

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Laurie Strode
Judy Greer ... Karen
Andi Matichak ... Allyson
James Jude Courtney ... The Shape
Nick Castle ... The Shape
Haluk Bilginer ... Dr. Sartain
Will Patton ... Officer Hawkins
Rhian Rees ... Dana Haines
Jefferson Hall ... Aaron Korey
Toby Huss ... Ray
Virginia Gardner ... Vicky
Dylan Arnold ... Cameron Elam
Miles Robbins ... Dave
Drew Scheid ... Oscar
Jibrail Nantambu ... Julian
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Storyline

In October 2018, forty years after the massacre in Haddonfield, true-crime pod-casters Aaron Korey and Dana Haines travel to Warren County Smith's Grove Sanitarium to visit Michael Myers. They briefly interview Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Ranbir Sartain, a former student of Dr. Samuel Loomis, before meeting with Michael in hopes of gaining some insight into his past actions before his transfer to a new facility. Aaron brandishes Michael's mask at him, to no effect. In Haddonfield, Illinois, Laurie Strode is living an isolated life, having been divorced twice, developed a strained relationship with her family and turned to alcohol. Laurie has prepared for Michael's potential return through combat training. The following night, Michael's transport crashes. Michael kills a father and his son who stumble upon the crashed bus on the road, and steals their car. The following day, on Halloween, Michael resumes his killing spree, killing several people at a gas station, including a clerk, a ...

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Genres:

Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for horror violence and bloody images, language, brief drug use and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,221,545, 21 October 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$159,342,015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$254,342,015, 11 January 2019
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

No filming took place in South Pasadena, California, the main filming location for the original Halloween. See more »

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Aaron inaccurately describes Michael's attack on Judith when he says Michael sliced the base of her skull, scraping her spinal column. Michael stabbed her in the chest eight times. See more »

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Laurie Strode: Do you know that I prayed every night that he would escape?
Hawkins: What the hell did you do that for?
Laurie Strode: So I can kill him.
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CHEER! - (7 stars out of 10)
18 January 2019 | by Front-Row-ReviewsSee all my reviews

The stage curtains open ...

Like any other Halloween franchise fan, I went into this one with high hopes. After all, Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode - the original Shape/Michael Myers, Nick Castle is also back, and the film had the full support of John Carpenter. It's 40 years after the events of the original film, a direct sequel. This one had to be good, right? Well, not so fast.

The opening sequence shows two podcasters arriving to a sanitarium to visit Michael, who's chained up outside in a courtyard. One of them approaches Michael, holding his mask up before him and daring him to speak. "Say something, Michael," he says. When Michael won't respond or even turn around, the podcaster begins to scream at him over and over, "Say something! Say something!" Let's just say I was less than thrilled with this beginning, feeling it was rather lame. I was thinking, I hope this isn't going to be an indication of how the rest of this movie is going to go. Fortunately, it did improve - somewhat.

While Michael is being transferred to another facility, the bus he is on crashes, allowing him to escape and once more find his way to Haddonfield and to his recluse sister, Laurie. But, Laurie is ready - having had 40 years to prepare for one last showdown. Michael finds the two podcasters, killing them, and retrieves his mask. And then the real carnage begins - on Halloween night.

To be honest, I wasn't as enamored with this film as others seem to be. It wasn't a bad movie, in fact, it was pretty entertaining. What I did appreciate about this Halloween movie was that it didn't revert to jump scare tactics, or tricks of the camera. It allowed the tension to build over time, like the original did. The dialogue was fairly good, except for the opening sequence mentioned above. And the cinematography was spot on - with dark backdrops and themes.

But, overall, this wasn't an impressive movie to me. It was solid, it was good - and it covered all the bases, so I don't know why I walked away feeling it could've been better. I felt the acting could've been better, honestly. They could have done more with Laurie - bringing more depth to her character. In Halloween H20 - Twenty Years Later, Jamie Lee Curtis brought it. In this one, it seemed like she was holding back some, and I don't know why. The other characters are flawed, but again, the acting was just good enough to get the job done.

This wasn't a bad movie. I did enjoy it and would see it again, and would even recommend it. It just falls short a little bit here and there. In the franchise, this is my 3rd favorite - falling behind the original classic, and H20.


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