Halloween is a horror classic, and Micahel Myers is one of the most famous of the horror icons. Often referred to as the boogeyman, Michael is neither a supernatural force or a human force. He falls somewhere in the middle.
And like most of these horror icons, his whole deal has been retconned so many times. First, he was just a human serial killer, who killed his sister, and then years later as an adult to go on a killing spree. One of the people he tried to kill, was Jamie Lee Curtis’s also famous character, Laurie Strode.
The many sequels would go on to claim Laurie is Michael’s sister somehow, and then Michael would be connected to a cult for some reason. One character Sam Loomis would be killed and brought back to life many times until his actor passed away in real life. Michael himself would be killed many times as well only to come back. The franchise would try to spin off into an anthology story with a bizarre yet interesting story about some evil company trying to murder all the kids in the world. He would be rebooted by Rob Zombie as well. But in the context of this newest movie, the only thing that matters is the original movie.
This latest version is a sequel to the very first movie, and it retcons everything that came after, including Halloween 2, and including the idea that Laurie is related to Michael. Jamie Lee Curtis returns so that Laurie and Michael can have one last encounter. But does it live up to the first movie? Well, kind of.
In one way, all the Laurie Strode stuff is amazing. Jamie Lee Curtis is better than ever before, as she delivers a fully fleshed out version of Laurie, who in this version was so traumatized by that fateful night, that she is now an isolationist and a security freak. She lives in a state of constant paranoia. I would not describe it as fear. She wants Michael to escape and return because she wants to kill him once and for all. She is obsessed. Obsessed to the point that she has pushed all of the people in her life away.
But she is proven right when Michael does escape. And while seeing Jamie Lee Curtis act her ass off is great, the reason people go to see a Halloween movie is that they want to see Michael Myers go on a killing spree. And he sure does rack up the bodies in this one. And he does so in grander fashion than ever before. Flashy kills was never really a Michael Myers thing. He has a few good ones throughout his long run in film, but many of his kills were knife stabs. But in this one, he doesn’t hold back. Yes there is the fair share of knife stabs, but there are also head stomps, neck snaps, he brutally beats people to death, and even the knife kills are a bit gorier and intense.
Michael is truly imposing in this one, but I feel like we almost see too much of him. They do some clever camera tricks to up the tension, but with him getting so much screen time it takes away from the mystique a bit. When they do hide him, he is as scary as ever. There is one really cool scene where he moves around every time the motion sensor for some yard lights turns off.
One problem is a lot of it feels pointless. They bring in characters just to kill them. There is a lot of padding in this movie, both time-wise, and body count wise. The movie wastes so much time in certain parts just messing around and not getting to the point. When the movie is actually dealing with the story, it is great, but the filler, while entertaining, just seems so empty and shallow. There are some pacing issues as well. Also, some of the acting was a bit meh.
The final act is really good. With it mostly just being Laurie and Michael mano a mano, they use some great camera work and build a great atmosphere making the scene so much tenser. Again, anything with Laurie in it was fantastic, the only thing holding the movie back was the scenes unrelated to her or on-screen family.
Overall, it is a solid addition to the franchise. I did not love it, but I enjoyed it for what it is. I do not know where I put it among the Halloween movies yet. It definitely is not as good as the original, but it is much better than anything from Rob Zombie, and some of the other Halloween movies that lacked Jamie Lee Curtis.