Movie Review - Halloween (2018)

MegaSoulhero I’m looking at a list of upcoming reviews that I’ll be doing. At the end of the month, I’ll be reviewing the Nightmare Before Christmas as well as Hocus Pocus. Both in one post. Then later on I’ll do a review of Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Then after that I’ll review Wicked because I’m seeing it when it comes to San Diego. And maybe I’ll also review Bohemian Rhapsody. But what am I gonna review right now? Oh right! The new Halloween movie just came out! I’ll just go ahead and give my thoughts on that.

So Halloween (2018) is a sequel to the original 1978 film. It even completely ignores the sequels that came before it. Michael Myers gets out of prison and attempts to go after Laurie Strode again. However, Laurie Strode has spent the last 40 years preparing for the return of Michael and she has even been training her daughter so they would be ready to end him once and for all. So yeah, we pretty much go through all this stuff from the first movie again with Michael killing people and attempting to kill Jamie Lee Curtis. Stuff we saw in the first film. As you may know, I’m not a fan of horror films. There are some that are good, but for the most part, I find them to be very formulaic and not AS intense as they should be. Most of them follow the same tropes and Halloween (2018) is no exception. I found this movie to be painfully average. Which is sad because I thought that this might actually be good. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations. First, I’ll talk about the things that I liked. Jamie Lee Curtis gave one of her greatest performances here. I really believed she was a woman who has spent most of her life preparing to take down a serial killer. She has some pretty awesome moments like when she’s using a gun and when she’s going against Michael. She even has an epic line at the end that I won’t spoil, but that actually made me smile. She’s just so great. I als thought the rest of the acting was very good. The reactions felt very genuine.

Anyway, let me point out this movie’s shortcomings because it is really not good. Something that a horror movie should do is at least try to be scary. Unfortunately, there was literally no scene, no frame, no moment at all that was even remotely scary. I was mostly bored while watching this movie. The scares and deaths are very predictable and I didn’t feel any intensity. I’ll give it credit that it doesn’t rely too much on jump scares. There are jump scares in the film, which are pretty awful and ones that anyone can see coming, but they’re not overused. They often drag out certain scenes for long periods of time in hopes of making them feel more intense. It loses all intensity when I know what’s gonna happen. Another thing that made the movie not as scary as it should’ve been was the humor. The movie didn’t have as much humor as I thought it would, but it still felt very out of place. There’s literally a scene where a character is being grabbed by Michael and getting stabbed and then there’s this little boy who says some lines that might make people laugh even though it’s not a scene we should be laughing at. I couldn’t care less for the characters that died. I was pretty much sitting there with a blank expression on my face. Nothing was shocking and nothing I didn’t have any reason to be worried for these characters.

We also get introduced to Laurie’s granddaughter. The movie focuses on her quite a lot which takes us away from the focus on Laurie, who we should be focusing on. What’s even worse is that Laurie’s granddaughter serves absolutely no purpose to the plot. She could’ve been written out entirely and not much would’ve changed plot-wise. It feels like they only put her in the movie because they wanted to have a teenager in the movie, but they forgot to give her a reason to be there. It’s pretty much just Laurie and her daughter who do most of the work. Also, what exactly is Michael Myers’ motivation? Why is he doing what he is doing and why is he specifically targeting Laurie? It just doesn’t make any sense to me. A major problem I have with most horror movies is that the characters usually make a bunch of stupid decisions just so the plot can move forward. Same thing happens here. Which, again, doesn’t make me care at all that the characters are getting killed. There is gonna be another sequel apparently, and they do hint at it at the end. But the way they ended the movie just made me roll my eyes. I really want to talk about the ending, but it’s a spoiler, so I won’t.

Halloween (2018) was very disappointing. I wanted to like it, but it had a lot of missed opportunities. A lot of you might be thinking that I’m just being too critical, but I’m pretty sure the people in the theater I watched it in didn’t like it either. It was a pretty crowded theater yet there was no applause when the movie ended. Even Venom got applause. Honestly, this isn’t a movie that I would want to watch again. I recommend that you don’t waste your time on it. There are other movies you could be seeing. However, this movie was still way better than the Happy Death Day 2U trailer.

Score: 5/10


Horror Movies nowadays are poor. However, some good Horror Movies come out. Also, have you seen any Stephen King Movies? - iliekpiez