Everything old is old again in Halloween, a sequel to a movie made 40 years ago, that feels like it was made 39 years ago, so devoid is it of even a shred of originality.

Contrived death sequences?  Check!

Closet fake-out sequence?  Check!

Ankle grab and struggle beat?  Check?

Characters making moronic decisions that put them in harm’s way?  CHECK!

And so much more!

There is one extended sequence in which Jamie Lee Curtis’s Laurie Strode character searches the house with nothing but a flashlight illuminating its dark recesses.  At one point, Ivon leaned over and whispered: “Turning on the lights wouldn’t be a bad idea.”  True, but then where would be the fun in that?

It’s like wondering why, after 40 years, would authorities choose to transfer a serial killing mental patient on  the anniversary of his killing spree?  I mean, they couldn’t have waited until the day AFTER Halloween?

I guess ours is not to question why but to mentally note the innumerable horror movie cliches that pepper this half-ass effort.

It’s downright astounding to think that Scream did such a brilliant job of subverting the genre back in 1996 and now, twenty-two years later, we get THIS.

Favorite line: “I’m a doctor!  Get back in your homes!”

Oh, a doctor you say?  Alrighty then.


10 thoughts on “November 2, 2018: Halloween

  1. I’m tellin’ ya, all the good stuff is on TV. And you don’t have to take out a second mortgage on your home to afford a snack.

    Try Hulu’s “11-22-63” or “The Handmaid’s Tale” or FX’s “Counterpart”. If you’re in the mood for a series that got its full 5-year story, “Orphan Black” is one series every single member of my family enjoyed; that’s rare. It falters in season 3, but is mostly excellent and is one of my favorite series ever. The final season was, imho, perfect.

  2. I’m sorry to be the one to have to tell you this, but 1996 was 22 years ago, not 12. You have my deepest sympathies.

  3. I quit watching scary movies because they’re so dumb. And then I found American Horror Story. Crap, that’s terrifying, and you don’t even need to make bad decisions to die. Or you’re actually the monster … nice.

  4. I think it was a commercial parody of a horror film where the group of people running from a crazed killer stop to find some place to hide, one person points out the car and says “Why cannot we get in the running car” a member of the group responds “are you insane! Let’s hide behind those chainsaws” seems accurate

  5. How many sequels has Halloween made? Twenty? Thirty? I watched the original for the 2nd time last week. I remembered why I didn’t like it. I hate those stalker-he-is-on-your-left-while-you-look-right-and-when-you-look-left-he-is-on-your-right shots. I get too frustrated.

  6. Ah well. After your review, I might pass on this one. And watch the original one I’ve never ever watched.Just like any classic horror movies of that era. man, i’m lacking serious knowledge and culture, I realize… >___<

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