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“Halloween” Simple, Scary Horror Flick

October 29, 2018 GMT

A direct sequel to the first movie, “Halloween (2018)” tries to revamp the series by remembering the simple techniques and angles that made the first movie the classic that it is while also adding in more modern special effects and jump scares.

Efficiently filmed with little unnecessary filler, the horror of watching Michael Myers silently terrorize the population of Haddonfield, Illinois is freshened up for 2018. While not bringing anything new or revolutionary to the horror genre, the supposed resolution to the decades long Michael Vs Laurie battle is still scary fun to watch.

40 years after killing 5 people on Halloween night, Michael Myers is set to be transferred to a new institution. However, after the bus crashes, he is set free to terrorize, stalk, and kill again. This time, though, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis)- the sole survivor of the first string of killings- is ready to fight back. As Michael’s victim count rises, Laurie needs to protect her family, and the rest of the town, from him before it is too late.

The success of the original “Halloween” film was not because of a complex, nuanced plot. The new, re-hashed sequel follows suit; the plot is kept minimal, and the focus is thus on the pure evil that is Michael.

While a wise choice in many instances (much of Michael’s lore is already known, though it would have been well served if the film were to add to it), the minimalist storyline also makes it barely distinguishable from many other masked killer slasher films- the cult following and legend behind “Halloween”’s killer is the most distinctive feature of it.

The attempt to revamp the series with a much higher budget similarly throws the cheap elegance of the original to the wayside. It does not make the new “Halloween” a bad movie; rather, it just makes it an imperfect, somewhat average one.

“Halloween” is, more than anything, a horror movie that is easy to like. You have lore, but not too much.

Filled with suspense and terror, the tall foreboding killer leaves you squirming in your seat. The comedic relief was funny, the long tracking shots well executed, and Jamie Lee Curtis clearly enjoys reprising one of her most iconic roles. Nick Castle, also reprising his role as the original Michael Myers, is as petrifying as ever; never uttering a word as he impassively murders anyone he can get close to.

Simple and scary, it is a worthy successor to the original. It may not blow anybody away, but it is still effective in its relentless pursuit of blood and revenge. If you’re not out trick or treating this Halloween, “Halloween” is the perfect cat-and-mouse slasher flick to satisfy that horror craving.

Grade: B-