Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia we had the chance to see ‘Halloween’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

Michael Myers is back! After eight films the Halloween series returns with the “ultimate ‘scream queen'” Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode. Die hard fans of the series may be confused, as the character Laurie died in the forgettable 2002 film Halloween Resurrection. This Halloween follows the events of the first two films, the only two worth seeing from the original saga, leaving Laurie Strode very much alive!

The film is set forty years after Laurie escaped Myers, and follows the dual storylines of Laurie Strode and her granddaughter Allyson Strode (Andi Matichak). Laurie continues to fear Michael Myers and has spent the past forty years preparing for his return. Myers has been in a special prison for forty years under the care of Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer). However, as he is being transferred to a different facility the bus carrying him “unexpectedly crashes.” He is back on the streets ready to slaughter people just in time for Halloween.

Halloween is an homage to the original film, with the soundtrack being a major highlight as it was scored by the legendary John Carpenter himself (also executive producer of the film), who was the original director of the first cult classic film and creator of the iconic and creepy Halloween piano theme.

In addition, director David Gordon Green, cleverly leaves the use of technology and mobile phones to a minimum, helping to create the film’s timeless atmosphere every fan wanted to see.

The film’s portrayal of Laurie Strode, a woman suffering from post traumatic stress disorder gives the character an extra layer of depth. The strained relationship Laurie has with her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) is an engaging storyline which plays out throughout the film.

As the usual high school dramas of underage drinking, boyfriend problems and bad babysitters unfold, Michael Myers is there just in time to give these poor teens a night they will not forget… and to give the audience some good scares!

Halloween is a film both fans of the original and newcomers will love. The film has some great jump scares and a story which keeps the audience interested. The well known plot points of the slasher genre will make horror fans feel nostalgic for horror films of the past.

Director David Gordon Green has succeeded in creating a film which doesn’t take itself too seriously and reminds audiences why they love horror films, making Halloween one of the best horror sequels ever made.

Halloween  – In Cinemas 25 October 2018

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