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Halloween (2018) is an interesting film for anyone that has been following along with the Halloween franchise throurgh the years. I’m not going to review  the original Halloween film, but believe it or not, most of the films you may enjoy today might not have existed at all without the original Halloween. The movie redefined low-budget cinema, bringing independent cinema to the mainstream and changing the face of the industry forever.

Halloween isn’t just the greatest horror film of all time, it is most likely the most influential film of our current generation. Plenty of sequels have tried to rekindle the magic of the original and have come up with decent, but mixed results. None of them ever matched up to the original in tone or quality.

In 2017, talk of a Halloween sequel began with director David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down) and Screenwriter Danny McBride (Pineapple Express). Eventually it was revealed that the new Halloween would be a direct sequel to the original film and would ignore all of the sequels. This meant that Laurie Strode would have no relation to the Michael Myers character.

The idea that comedy writers were creating a sequel to one of the greatest films of all time was disconcerting. Not that comedy is bad, but the duo (while they did incorporate darker material in their shows) had not yet proven their ability with horror films. Thankfully, you can tell throughout the film that they are massive Halloween fans. They incorporate fun nods to the sequels, and take entire scenes from the first film and turn them completely on their heads. This is the perfect sequel to the original film that many people were looking for. However, fans of the original film might be taken off-guard with this movie’s brutality.

The original film, while often regarded as the popularization of the slasher genre, is relatively light on blood and gore. Not this one. Halloween (2018) is crushingly violent at times, and it works in the films favor.

The director of the original film, John Carpenter, composed the score for this film, and like the original, the music is already iconic. Carpenter to this day is an incredible musical talent, and this score smartly incorporates the mood and tone of the original film while adding in his new musical direction with distorted guitars and pulsing beats. The moment the introduction credits scene ran, I was in tears. This is the night he came home....

The performances here are amazing adding in new characters and depth. For long time fans of the original film there is actually a lot of speculation about some of the characters in this movie. There are plenty of characters from the original film that could make an appearance sometime down the line.

Jamie Lee Curtis gives her best performance to date (even though she is always amazing), and there is little doubt of her talent here. The amount of depth to her character translates to her daughter and granddaughter as well. They have a compelling story. The movie treads the dark waters of paranoia, victimhood, and the psychological toll on both Laurie and Michael Myers - the shape.

Myers is noticeably more human here than he was in previous entries. Gone are the supernatural elements of the later sequels in the franchise. This time around The Boogeyman is real, but even more haunting than you could have imagined. Michael has serious pent up aggression and the brutality of his kills is haunting. He has no remorse even for those that care about him.

As a whole Halloween (2018) is a perfect sequel. It isn’t as good as the original film, but that film was something that happened at the right place at the right time. Halloween perfectly captures the original film’s magic, and uses that with a modern twist. It is a horror masterpiece and will likely create new fans to fear The Boogeyman for years as I have.

This truly is the night he came home...

10/10  and see it in theaters.

David Gifford is a college student, a sales rep for The Mountain Echo and a gaming and movie enthusiast. Check out his podcast: Reasonably Reel.