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This is the Halloween We’ve All Been Waiting For

by on Oct.19, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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The latest Halloween is a love letter to fans of John Carpenter’s original that clears away the dead weight of all the previous sequels. It returns to Haddonfield for the aftermath of the original film, following many of the beats of the original film so it is somewhat of a remake as well.

What stands out clearly is how genuine this all feels as we see familiar characters like the iconic Laurie Strode (a defiant Jamie Lee Curtis) deal with the consequences of being stalked by a madman 40 years earlier. Laurie is now a recluse living in the middle of the woods in a house built to keep out the boogeymen. Unfortunately, it’s also made her a failure as a wife and a mother with her grown up daughter essentially disowning her. It’s all very sad – and genius move by writers. Evil makes monsters of us all.

While the homages to the previous film (and Halloween III, a love-it-or-hate-it film that I love) keep stacking up so does the body count that by all standards is absolutely brutal. These people don’t die quick and easy movie deaths. There is pain, suffering, crunching and lots of blood in each morbid kill raising the terror even higher.  This is a hard R-rated film that isn’t watered down for teens.

The action of course plays out over a suburban landscape on Halloween night adding that extra layer of spookiness and mystery that the holiday provides. The theater literally felt chillier and darker.  There’s even some well-placed humor and unexpected twists but ultimately this is a slasher flick through and through. Much like it’s 1978 predecessor there is no pretense to be anything more than a B-movie meant to terrify the audience and it does so very well. Even if it doesn’t quite capture the dreadful atmosphere of the original it is the best successor, a true sequel, and very fun time at the movies.

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