I have not actually watched the original Halloween, so this was all very new to me.
So, I had my very first ‘watching a horror movie in a cinema’ experience. And I was kind of scared but liked it?
I’m pretty sure too that this was my first time watching a horror movie all the way through or watching without being wrapped up in a trusty burrito blanket (because I’m not counting anime. And because I’m 90% sure that Scooby-Doo doesn’t counts). Though this probably has happened because I decide to watch this genre at 1am in the living room, which is right next to the entrance to our house – where there lays the front door which my dad frequently never locks at night. And while I sit on the couch a window that takes up practically a whole wall illuminates the living room with moonlight. And during all the climatic scenes my dog then likes to haunt the house with his click clacking of paws, or on a really good day his loud snoring. This happens, and I sit there dead tired to face the consequence of the only thoughts that will then run through my head during watching a horror movie be, “One in one hundred people are psychopaths… Murders happen all the time… The average person walks past 16 murders throughout their lifetime… Some academics have even concluded 36… You’re 18, and the average Australian female lives until they’re 82.5 years old. That means you’ve already lived 14.85% of your life. Wow that’s scary in itself. But anyway, that means you’ve already walked past probably 6.64 murders… And in the streets you could’ve walked past anyone… Someone could theoretically try to break into the house like, right now… Remember that Buzzfeed article you read last year about the creepiest unsolved murder cases?’
But enough about me and more about Halloween (2018).
I thought that the story was pretty average, and kind of just typical horror. Can’t really say anything about that though, because it falls perfectly under the ‘slasher’ genre which according to the great source of Wikipedia is, “A film in the sub-genre of horror films involving a violent psychopath stalking and murdering a group of people, usually by use of bladed tools.” And Halloween (2018) ticks all of those boxes.
And I do know the plot pretty well to Halloween, and at least from what I gathered there where quite a few parallels (in both deaths, and how they happen) that I thought where pretty cool from this movie. Wikipedia, once again a marvelous source, also tells me that Halloween (2018) is a direct sequel to the original Halloween film that ignores all the other films in the franchise. Which works well then for those of us who have not seen it – because I was fine watching this without previously seeing Halloween. I think it’s pretty cool too that they got Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle to reprise their roles from the original film.
The effects were pretty good in the movie too. Actually, they were way better than I was expecting if I’m being honest. And although live action gore doesn’t really scare me and I can watch it pretty easily, for some reason I’ve decided that the experience is way better when you’re scared so I appreciate what all that I was given from this movie (I just don’t really like jump scares. Plus I’m a total sucker for suspenseful music that conditions me to expect a death).
Also that mask that Michael wears was super ugly.
But I thought that the characters were at times, just very dumb. People are still out and about, despite how there would have had to have been news all over everywhere about the murders that were happening. Especially once reporters would have easily found out about how Michael was the only one loose – and about how he is a serial killer. And the fact that not even a public warning, even if quick and messy, didn’t happen surprises me. The honours student also choosing to run into the forest, rather than run towards her grandmother’s house where she knows it is safe is surprising. And the fact that the grandmother doesn’t keep her BACK TO THE GODDAMN WALL is more frustrating than anything. I did love the three generations of women being the ones to kill Michael though. Thought it was a nice touch in a way to have the grandmother do it to ‘end’ her journey with this, the mother because she was trained in self-defense and shooting and seeing how badass she actually is was cool (especially with the fake crying and screaming to lure Michael into a false sense of security) and then also the daughter because…
I liked how they concluded the film – with Allyson still holding the bloodied knife, and the camera zooming in to a close up of the knife and her hand. And with all the talk that happened in the film by the clearly psycho psychiatrist about victims, murders, what killing is like, prey, predators and how violent events change people and things of the like, I really liked that direction that the film choose to end on.
I liked it, and yes I would watch it again. The characters weren’t amazing, effects not super amazing, story line not that amazing and was more about just the chase and some gore. And as far as slasher films go – this movie is pretty much what I expected. It’s a 4/5 bats from me!