Michael Myers was back, and Jamie Lee Curtis was back, and the Halloween franchise was back last October for Halloween. Fortunately we don’t have to wait until this year’s Halloween to own the satisfying 40th anniversary sequel.
The one thing you can tell is the difference between 2018 digital and 1978 film. But the new Halloween still looks good. With most of it taking place Halloween night, you get clear shots of Michael stalking Haddonfield in darkness and a yellowish tint from all the Halloween lights.
12 minutes of deleted scenes show more Laurie PTSD, the podcasters being kinda effed up, and a lot more supporting character moments that feel very David Gordon Green.
Brief bonus features do have some cool shot comparisons between the ‘78 and ‘18 films, a few that I didn’t notice myself. More Jamie Lee Curtis talking is always good.
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him.
Directed By: David Gordon Green
Written By: Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, John Carpenter, and Debra Hill
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode), Judy Greer (Karen), Andi Matichak (Allyson), James Jude Courtney (The Shape), Nick Castle (The Shape), Haluk Bilginer (Dr. Sartain), Will Patton (Officer Hawkins), Rhian Rees (Dana Haines), Jefferson Hall (Aaron Korey), Toby Huss (Ray), Virginia Gardner (Vicky), and more.
Genre: Horror & Thriller
Runtime: Approx. 1 hour 46 minutes
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: DTS 5.1
French (Canada): DTS 5.1
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, & Spanish
Back in Haddonfield: Making Halloween
The Original Scream Queen
The Sound of Fear
Journey of the Mask
The Legacy of Halloween
I give the Halloween Blu-ray a B.
40 years later we return to Haddonfield where Laurie Strode is still haunted by the night back in 1978 where she nearly escaped Michael Myers. Myers, held at Smithgrove Sanitarium is being transferred to another facility. When Myers escapes when the bus he was on crashed, He starts off where he left off years ago in his search to get the one that got away.
Halloween 2018 is not a remake by no means. It brings back the nostalgia of the original film by reintroducing us to familiar characters and introducing a new generation to the genre and franchise.
I have to say this was one of my most anticipated films of 2018. I’m not a huge Halloween fan as I preferred the slashing of Jason in Friday the 13th but nonetheless, I am a huge horror fan.
There are a few things I liked about the film and a few things I didn’t like about the film. I liked the opening credits. I liked how the pumpkin rises from the ashes (per say) and how they used the same font and color as the original. Believe or not, I liked the podcasters. I just wish they dived more into the two a bit more. Last but not least, I liked Andi Matichak performance as Allyson. She was the character we wished Laurie Strodes was. Strong, Independent, and a fighter. She definitely is Laurie Strode’s Granddaughter.
I hate to say this but I didn’t like Laurie Strode in this film. I understand she went through a horrific event when she was young but I feel that the experience should have made her stronger. Not this frail woman hiding in her home. Don’t get me wrong, she was prepared when the time came but the way they portrayed her was off. I didn’t like the cutscene from the opening scene and the opening credits. I know most people won’t notice this but I felt it wasn’t a smooth transition and it took away from the scene that just occurred when the Podcasters brings out the mask. I didn’t like the scene where Michael Myers puts on the mask in broad daylight at the gas station. Wouldn’t someone notice who he was and call the authorities then and there? Well, maybe I’m just looking into it too much.
I know we all have different likes and dislikes. Maybe you’ll see something I didn’t in this film and love it!
Catch Halloween out on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital January 15th!