It’s been almost a decade but it’s time to return to Haddonfield, Illinois because it’s that time of year!
Halloween is the highly anticipated sequel to the 1978 classic horror film of the same name. The 1978 original was released on October 25 and this sequel will be released six days shy of exactly 40 years later. I have always been a fan of the franchise (minus the Rob Zombie films) and was beyond excited when I heard they were coming out with another installment as well as bringing back the original “scream queen” Jamie Lee Curtis.
Halloween takes place 40 years after the original and is a direct sequel to the original film and will be ignoring all of the previous sequels. 1981’s Halloween II was a great sequel and the rest of them were all average to below average but I admit, every year during Halloween I found myself watching the films anytime I see them on TV. AMC Fear Fest is pretty much a lock on my TV during the month of October.
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The film picks up 40 years after the events of the first film. Michael has been committed to Smith’s Grove Rehabilitation Center. Two journalists (Jefferson Hall, Rhian Rees) who specialize in true-crime podcasts attempt to interview Michael with no luck. They even try to garner a response by showing him his old mask. They decide to then go visit Michael’s sister Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) who has been suffering from PTSD since her encounter with Michael on Halloween night back in 1978. She lives in an isolated house in the woods that is barricaded and she is prepared for the inevitability that her brother will come for her.
Laurie’s life has been in turmoil since that fateful night. She lost custody of her daughter (Judy Greer) and now struggles to maintain a relationship with her granddaughter (Andi Matichak). They have decided to transfer Michael from Smith’s Grove to another facility where he will remain until his death. Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer) accompanies Michael and the other patients on the bus. It’s no surprise that the bus crashes and when the police arrive, they find multiple bodies and discover that Michael is gone. Officer Hawkins (Will Patton) who was actually one of the officers that arrested Michael back in 1978, knows the evil that is making its way back to Haddonfield.
Michael reunites with his infamous mask and makes his way back to Haddonfield. He picks up where he left off 40 years and resumes his killing spree. He is forced to retreat when he finally comes face-to-face with his sister after all these years. A decent twist in the film will set up the final showdown between Michael and Laurie at the fortress Laurie has created in the woods outside Haddonfield.
I don’t want to spoil anything about the twist or the ending of the film because I think everyone should experience this film. If you loved the original Halloween and Halloween II, you will love this movie. It has the same feeling and tone of the original films as well as so many easter eggs throughout the film paying homage to the previous films of the franchise.
Jamie Lee Curtis is excellent in her return to the iconic role of Laurie Strode and the film has some excellent jump scares and for the hardcore horror fans, plenty of blood and gore.
I have a feeling this isn’t the last we have seen of Michael Myers. This film has been a worldwide success and I wouldn’t be shocked if we return to Haddonfield sooner rather than later. We still should believe in the boogeyman!
Halloween movie grade: B