Halloween - 4 Stars
Jaime Lee Curtis shines in the best instalment of the thrilling Halloween franchise.
Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
It’s been 40 years since the original Halloween and this instalment negates the very sub-par 10 sequels/remakes/reboots that fall in between. Laurie’s been preparing for Michael Myers return since the original film’s events, which has created a series of strained relationships - including a particularly tough relationship with her daughter and granddaughter. The film cleverly looks at Laurie’s mental state since the first film and how that’s affected her family, while still offering enough scares and horrific kills to keep horror fans entertained. The performances from the whole cast are incredible, Judy Greer, Andy Matichak and Virginia Gardner are excellent. However, this is perhaps the best performance Jamie Lee Curtis has given in years. It’s worth watching for her alone.
John Carpenter’s music is phenomenal, it’s one of the best movie soundtracks I’ve heard in a long time. The script is clever, with enough action, character development and scares to have a well-well-balanced film. The cinematography too is strong, with one particularly excellent “one-take” sequence standing out.
Overall a sequel that outshines the excellence of the original, one not to miss.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Universal Entertainment