In this latest installment of the Halloween franchise, Michael Myers is scheduled to be transferred from a mental hospital to a maximum-security prison on Halloween night. While he was being transported to the facility in question, the prison bus crashes. Michael escapes and manages to wreak havoc on the town of Haddonfield on the fortieth anniversary of his original killing spree. Because of this, Laurie Strode must protect her daughter’s family while engaging in a manhunt for Michael.
The best part about this movie is Jamie Lee Curtis’ portrayal of a much older Laurie Strode. Curtis became a part of horror movie history when she played the character in the original Halloween movie. She manages to channel other popular characters such as Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley in her portrayal of Strode as a survivalist who is overly prepared for Michael Myers’ return.
Another great thing about this movie is its direction. The first Halloween movie is considered by many to be one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. David Gordon Green manages to capture the creepy atmosphere of the original quite well. Even when Myers is not in the shot, the audience manages to notice his presence. He also manages to pay homage to the famous tracking shots devised by John Carpenter. In addition to that, there were numerous homages to the original movies (including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to Halloween III: Season of the Witch).
The main problem I had with this movie is with its continuity. This movie is currently being promoted as the true sequel to the original 1978 movie, and all the movies that followed it are not considered to be canon (not counting the Rob Zombie remakes of course). Say what you will about the questionable qualities of these movies, but I felt that the second movie released in 1981 was a proper conclusion to its predecessor (albeit in a messier manner).
I may be nitpicking here, but another problem I had with this movie is with its subplots that go nowhere. I won’t go into detail, but they involve a couple of podcasters who are making an episode on the Michael Myers murders and the successor to Dr. Loomis (the actor who played the latter had passed away in 1995). I felt that these subplots had the potential to be great, but they go nowhere.
Overall, Halloween 2018 is arguably the best sequel in the franchise (even if it disregards the other sequels). David Gordon Green pays homage to the original 1978 movie while making it his own. He understands what made the first movie great in the first place. Sure, the movie has its flaws, but it was enjoyable nevertheless. I’m hoping that they don’t milk the Halloween franchise for what it’s worth like they did in the past.