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“Halloween” Reboots a Classic

Joe Snyder

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It has been 40 years since the release of John Carpenter’s 1978 low-budget thriller, “Halloween,” and it seems as if the fictional rogue killer Michael Myers has not changed, but he is definitely in a new era.
This revamp of the classic slasher gives a modern day audience the experience of timeless horror and gore. The reboot of the series gives a more complex side to the story of Michael Myers. It involves the vengeance of his sister, Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis’ character is determined to kill Myers and rid the world of his evil.
In this version of the film, the characters are more focused on fighting against Myers rather than cowering from him in fear. The audience can sense that Strode is prepared for Michaels escape from prison and return to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois to go on another murderous rampage. Strode had even trained her daughter for this moment which had been engraved in her mind since that fateful Halloween night in 1978 when Myers killed all of her friends.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, this version of “Halloween” is scary. There are many moments in the movie where it seems Myers just comes from nowhere to kill someone. As you watch the film, you’re left in suspense as to where he could be and when he’s going to strike his next victim. It does a great justice to the word thriller and truly does give you chills down your spine.
Now the movie was solid, but it wasn’t a perfect 10/10. It was made well enough to go along par with the original from 1978, but it did not exceed any expectations. It seemed as though there was more involved with this movie than the first one. There were more elements of the film to make it stand out, and it shows where it differs from the others in the series.
It gave a very personal feel to the movie when Myers’ own family was prepared for his return and will try to kill him at all costs. It’s not just a simple thrasher film this time, there are a lot of elements that dramatize the film to show the relationship between Myers, society, and even his family.
If you love the retro-vintage feel of “Halloween” then this is the perfect movie for you. It brings elements from the original film and ties them in with the new generation. It has a similar opening and closing scene as the original. Most importantly it has the same classic piano music that has been giving people chills for 40 years.
This new Halloween movie was the thriller everybody needed. It had the perfect amount of action, gore, drama and even comedic elements to fit the Halloween/ fall season. It brings the feel of the slasher movies back to 2018 and anybody who has some free time should go experience it. You will not be disappointed in the return of Michael Myers in this film.Overall I give this movie an 8/10, it was an enjoyable horror film that’s perfect for Halloween. My only problem is that I would’ve liked to see more of Myers’ backstory in the film. Score: 8/10

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