MOVIE REVIEW | “Halloween” (2018)


4 out of 5 PopcornsWhat do you need to know about “Halloween – 2018?”

You have probably heard that Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who 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 40 years ago.

Since this installment of the deathless horror genre is rated R, you can expect lots of blood, lots of screams and severe challenges to your ability to suspend 05your instinct for disbelief. You also know “Halloween – 2018” is a sequel. As sequels go, however, this episode where many of the original actors reprise their roles from the original lifts this effort beyond the mundane. You many also fall into the chasm some viewers report finding. You have seen so many horror movies, this latest effort can strike you not as scary but campy. The ephemeral barrier between screams and laughter can become preciously thin. So, try not to take offense when the person next to you gets a case of the giggles.

David Gordon Green does do a good job as director. The writing team of Green, Danny McBride IV and Jeff Fradley provide a solid script. It is Curtis, however, who elevates this show. That is not saying Judy Greer, Nick Castle, Virginia Gardner and Will Patton are mere spear-toting extras, but Curtis brings star-power to the production and the product.

One reviewer noted “Halloween – 2018” fails to capture lightning in a bottle like the original “Halloween.” That can be said for almost every sequel. But Hollywood continues to make sequels and the public continues to buy tickets.

Perhaps, we will be happy for lightning to hit somewhere close to the allegorical bottle. If a near miss works for you, then “Hollywood -2018” is what you want.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the show an impressive 79 percent and audiences report 76 percent approval. “Hollywood – 2018” is rated R. The runtime is 106 minutes. For showtimes see the ad on this page or go to http://www.Jimplecute

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