Firstly, this movie was everything I wanted it to be and more! It gave the hardcore horror lover everything they needed.
I have been waiting for this movie ever since JLC announced on social media that she would be doing another sequel, but this time, with a twist. This sequel would expose us to a new Laurie Strode. A fierce LS who has been waiting and preparing for the eventual return of the one and only Michael Myers. 40 years she has been prepping. 40 years she has armed herself with close combat, guns, and cunning. He has no idea what is in store for him this time. He won't be coming after a feeble teenager. He is hunting a survivalist.
Halloween is arguably THE movie that started the slasher sub-genre of horror. It was a huge success. And now it's breaking ceilings once more. It is ignoring all of the sequels and remakes and continuing on from the original John Carpenter 'Halloween' from 1978. While many of the sequels received harsh comments, the latest has so far been praised for its boldness and originality as well as paying homage to the original by flooding us with nostalgia. It is its own movie but respects what fans of the franchise want to see. We need a reason for this movie but we also want to see Michael walking zombie-like around a neighbourhood and butchering innocent people. We want to hear that infamous theme song. We want bone-chilling screams. And, oh boy, do we get that!
Without delving too much into the entire franchise and exploring how it has stood the test of time and has become iconic and has been analyzed for its metaphorical and literal significance, let's get down to this movie specifically.
We have Laure Strode, a grandmother, a loner, a woman portrayed as crazy and odd. She is no longer the fun-loving teen that everybody loves. She is a fighter. She has used trauma to turn her into a warrior. Her family, however, aren't too happy about her solitude and filling her grandaughter's head with stories of the boogeyman. The family dynamic is complicated and highly intriguing. We feel empathy on both sides. That in itself is entertaining, but come on, we didn't go to the movies to see a family drama, did we?
The first half of the movie feeds our need for nostalgia, while the second half treads uncharted territory. It shows us a new way to handle horror movies and franchises. Without giving away any spoilers, there are endless jumps and scares, but more importantly, genuine chills. In my opinion, this is the best of all the sequels and a superior sequel that has come from any iconic horror movie such as Scream, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and so on.
The casting is top notch. Each actor portrays each character convincingly and with purpose. However, as expected, JLC stole the show. I loved seeing this new Laurie, it was endlessly fascinating. I would not wanna take her on. And let's just touch on this lightly, the 'girl power' vibe. No longer are men needed to protect the ladies. Women can handle themselves. This theme is needed in horrors.
And, not so surprisingly, this movie has broken many box office records and has made $253.70 million so far! With this success, it was rumored that JLC would do one more sequel if John Carpenter is involved. However, sadly, she posted on social media with a statement declaring quite the opposite, essentially hanging up her hat for any future movies. Let's hope this changes.
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