Halloween is the direct sequel to Halloween (1978) and revolves around Laurie Strode (Jaime Lee Curtis) as she prepares herself for the return of Michael Myers after 40 years.
Director David Gordon Green does a worthy sequel to the original Halloween, especially in regards to Laurie, whose paranoia has skyrocketed since her first encounter with Michael. The third act where Laurie and Michael confront each other again was done really well and the movie had a ton of homages to the original film.
Jaime Lee Curtis shines again as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers is scary again and much more gory here than in the first film. All the other characters were just…there. They didn’t add much to the film, although Judy Greer as Laurie’s daughter had some nice moments with her mother.
The movie has a twist about midway through and while it wasn’t a huge twist, it did take me out of the movie and didn’t really pay off in any way. Also the stuff about Laurie’s granddaughter didn’t work for me as it was dumb teenage stuff seen in almost all horror movies. There’s also much more comedy in the film than I expected, some of it worked, but some of it didn’t, and it messed with the tone of the film.
If you’re a fan of the Halloween franchise or just the original Halloween, I think you’ll enjoy this movie. It doesn’t do anything new or extraordinary, but it works, and is probably the best sequel we have gotten, though I haven’t seen the other 13 movies or so in this franchise and I don’t plan to.
I give the 2018 Halloween a B-