The new “Halloween” is finally here. Is it the perfect homecoming for The Shape? Our staff heads to the theater to see if it lives up to the hype.
Like most genre fans, the new Halloween was my most anticipated horror film of the year — actually my most anticipated horror film for as long as I can remember. I had the tremendous fortune to catch the US premiere at Fantastic Fest, surrounded by a crowd of die-hard movie fans and genre junkies. The energy and enthusiasm was palpable. The audience laugh, clapped, gasped, and cheered in all the right places.
It was a communal experience of shared cinematic joy — the culmination of 40 years of fandom and a very healthy obsession for the film that first made so many of us lifelong horror fans. We shared a mix of giddy anticipation and elation at The Shape’s long awaited theatrical return, as well as heavy dose of anxiety. What if they screwed it up? What if it was a huge letdown? What if it failed to do justice to the franchise we all revered?
As you can tell from reading my Fantastic Fest review, it was everything I wanted it to be. For me, it was the perfect homage to my favorite horror film of all time and the perfect reboot of a franchise that has certainly seen its share of ups and downs — a franchise that will forever hold a very special place in my heart.
But, as to be expected, not everyone experienced the same level of nostalgia-fueled euphoria at Michael’s rebirth. The Morbidly Beautiful writing staff headed out on opening weekend to see if the Haddonfield Homecoming was worth the considerable hype or just another unsatisfying sequel failing to rekindle the original 1978 magic.
Like the rest of the horror community, our team was pretty split on how much they loved Halloween or felt let down by it. Check out these seven very different takes from our writers in a segment we call Morbid Minis. (Angry Princess)
TAKE ONE: RETURN TO GLORY
Written by Patrick Krause
I’m going to cut right to the chase. The most confounding thing about the entire HALLOWEEN series will be addressed immediately. The one thing each sequel could never seem to get quite right about The Shape: the William Shatner mask. Be assured, Blumhouse Productions and crew have nailed the look of the mask.
But did director David Gordon Green and writers Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley bring HALLOWEEN back to its slasher glory after so many subpar sequels? In short, the answer is “yes.”
If you’ve been following the news about HALLOWEEN 2018, you know the basic plot. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a survivalist, hunkered down in her compound waiting for the day Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle) returns so she can hunt him down and kill him. Laurie, in the years since the 1978 murders, has alienated her only daughter, Karen (Judy Greer) due to her paranoid and obsessive behavior regarding Michael.
Of course, 40 years after the babysitter murders, Michael does indeed escape while being transferred from a psychiatric facility to a prison. Filling in the Loomis part is Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer), who not only has an obsession with keeping Michael locked away but with discovering the root of Michael’s evil and need to kill. Dr. Sartain may seem like he’s just a Dr. Loomis placeholder, but there’s much more to him than meets the eye.
HALLOWEEN 2018 is a return to form for the character of Michael Myers. Freed of the familial connection to the Strodes and the Cult of Thorn, Michael is again The Shape — A boogeyman who is empty of anything that remotely resembles human emotions and only capable of pure evil.
Laurie takes control of the narrative in HALLOWEEN 2018. More hunter than hunted, this iteration of Laurie Strode is a far cry from the barely there character in HALLOWEEN II and the fearful alcoholic in HALLOWEEN: H2O. In this sequel/reboot, Laurie Strode is a kind of Captain Ahab and Michael is her white whale. Like Ahab, Laurie will sacrifice everything and anyone to claim her prize.
HALLOWEEN 2018 gives fans what they have long wanted in the franchise. The body count is high and the scares are genuine. The Shape is back menacing babysitters and teens on Halloween night, and Laurie is the final girl we want to cheer as she seeks retribution and peace of mind.
TAKE TWO: CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING
Written by Glenn Strange
Last night I saw Michael Myers return home. Like all trips home, this trip