Halloween (2018)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  

USA, 2018.  , , , .  Screenplay by , , , based on characters created by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , John Carpenter, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by . Film Editing by Timothy Alverson.

It’s been forty years since John Carpenter’s masterpiece slasher, and it looks like there’s still a swing in the Kirk-masked villain’s face yet.  A Serial-esque podcasting duo travel to the psychiatric institute where Michael Myers has been held for four decades, hoping to interview him just prior to his being transferred to another facility and possibly get the man who has not said a word since being incarcerated to utter something for their pretentious microphones.  They then catch up with , Myers’ girl that got away, who they find living in her fortified home in the middle of nowhere, paranoid and estranged from her daughter () and granddaughter ().  Everyone treats Curtis like she is crazy and Greer fully rejects her mother’s outlook on life, but her sanity will be put to the test when the bus transferring Myers to his new prison facility is found empty by the side of the road, accompanied by a few dead bodies and no sign of the madman.  The fact that it’s Halloween night and the man in the mask blends in a little bit better than usual doesn’t help the survival rate as the boogie man stabs his way through town on the way to the home of his long-lost lady love.  Wonderful direction and gorgeous cinematography brighten up the smart and efficient script of a film that enjoys as much character development as it does bloody mayhem, with more than its fair share of thrills and chills.  Curtis is still a magnificent presence on screen, and Greer is superb as the optimistic daughter who quickly catches up with her wise mom’s point of view.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2018


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