*** (out of 4)
Forty years after the events in the original film, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) finds herself face to face with the night that she has been preparing for. Michael Myers (Nick Castle) has escaped from the hospital that has kept him for the past four decades and Laurie knows who he is coming for.
HALLOWEEN, the sequel to HALLOWEEN (weird saying that, isn't it?), is a film that I've been quite hyped for and I must say that my adrenaline was pumping out of control as the lights in the theater dimmed and I got adjusted in my seat to watch it. As the end credits started to roll I just stayed in my seat thinking about what I had seen. There's no question it's going to need a second viewing but I must say that there were a couple sequences that I truly hated and a few others that I had mixed feelings about but at the end of the day I found this to be an entertaining movie.
With that said, where do fans go with this series? There have been so many different storylines that you can have a wild time just picking which line you want to follow. This film here is a direct sequel to the original movie and for the most part I thought the approach they took was a good one. This here is basically a Laurie versus Michael plot and there are some really exciting moments throughout the film as the masked killer makes his way around Haddonfield trying to track down the person he's looking for. There's some personal drama about Laurie's life that is handled okay but at the same time HALLOWEEN: H20 covered that type of thing better.
Back to this film, it has a strange vibe throughout because it wants to be a follow-up to the original but there's no question that it doesn't come close to that film's suspense or power. I will say that the suspense finally picks up during the finale but before that there's really not too much outside a couple well set-up jump scares. The film has quite a bit of graphic violence in it as the Myers here is basically a killing machine. Some of the gore might have stopped some of the scares and there's also some comedy bits during a critical scene that was so horribly done that it should have been edited out.
As far as the performances go, there's no question that Curtis gets back into the role with ease and I really liked that they made her look like the grandmother that she is and doesn't try to make her a superhero. I thought Curtis was very good in the role and it was fun getting to see her back in it. Judy Greer and Andi Matichak play the daughter and granddaughter and both are quite good as well. Castle gets back into the role of Myers with ease and you can spot some of his classic touches to the character. Will Patton is also good in his role.
At the end of the day, as I said, there are some flaws with HALLOWEEN and I did question a few of the moves by director David Gordon Green. Still, there are enough moments that really work here that make it a nice entry to the series and I'm sure most fans will be happy with it.
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