Forty years after the events of 1978’s Halloween, Laurie Strode (Curtis) now lives in a heavily guarded home on the edge of Haddonfield, where she’s spent decades preparing for Michael’s potential return. After being locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when a bus transfer goes terribly wrong, leading to chaos in the same town he preyed on decades earlier. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the deranged killer returns for her and her family – but this time, she’s ready for him.
It’s no surprise that Universal brought Halloween back to life, but what was a little surprising was the fact that the new entry to the series would ignore all sequels, and and focus on the original movie to follow up on. Even more surprising was the fact that known funnyman Danny McBride would be one of the writers on the project. What? Really? Yes, in fact, it’s THAT Danny McBride. Turns out he’s a big fan of Halloween and a pretty good writer as well. Some fans are upset that the film ignores Halloween II, which if you recall removes the revelation that Laurie Strode is Michael Myers’ sister. I didn’t mind. Even though I like both of Rob Zombie’s Halloween movies, if they were going to continue the series some reinvention was necessary.
I hate to admit it, but I got swept up into the hype machine for Halloween. I try to avoid it as much as humanly possible, when anticipating yet another attempt to revitalize a childhood favorite horror franchise, it’s easier said than done. Even before the first trailer was shown, I was sure to love this movie, right? I mean, it’s Halloween. That’s really what it’s called, too. As if display of all available Halloween movies and their various cuts wasn’t enough of a nightmare already. Anyhow, I was a bit middle-of-the road on Halloween ’18. It was a good movie. A solid modern slasher, but was it honestly any better than Halloween 2, or Halloween 4? If given the choice, I’d pick either one of those movies above this new attempt to reboot the franchise.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy Halloween 2018, as I did. The music is great, there’s a couple of gory kills, and just the right amount of humor. I found it to be enjoyable, although not groundbreaking in any way whatsoever. It’s certainly a better sequel than Resurrection. I wouldn’t personally rank it above either of Rob Zombie’s Halloween movies, but I’m a huge fan of both of those, so your mileage may vary. Though you won’t get as many extras as you’re used to from buying titles from boutique labels, Universal’s Blu-ray release of the film is excellent. The picture and sound quality are as good as they could possibly be, whether you’re viewing the Blu-ray, or the UHD, and surprisingly there is a good handful of extras. Now that I think about it, what even is the purpose of this review? You have all of the other Halloween movies, now you have to buy this one. Thankfully it’s worth the price.
- Deleted/Extended Scenes
- Extended Shooting Range
- Shower Mask Visit
- Jog to a Hanging Dog
- Allyson and Friends at School
- Cameron and Cops Don’t Mix
- Deluxe Banh Mi Cops
- Sartain and Hawkins Ride Along
- Back in Haddonfield: Making Halloween
- The Original Scream Queen
- The Sound of Fear
- Journey of the Mask
- The Legacy of Halloween