Halloween (2018): An opinionated review

From the perspective of a 17 year-old-girl, who watched Halloween (2018) the Saturday it was released in theater, October 19, 2018.

Emma Austin, Editor-in-Chief

SPOILER ALERT! Do not read if you have not watched the movie!

Man, talk about remakes; this movie was quite an unsatisfying recreation of its fore comings that still somehow failed to reach simplistic outlines of plot and depth.

The movie roughly follows three defined character dynamics:

  1. Two broadcast journalists who traveled from Europe to study the ways of Myers
  2. The family line: daughter and granddaughter of grandmother (Laurie Strode) who was directly targeted by Myers years prior (holding on to vendettas)
  3. The doctors and police crew who kept Myers in the jail (i.e. a facility for the mentally unstable)

Throughout the movie, Michael Myers’ actions are romanticized by those studying him–being described as strange or unrealistic–especially by those accessing him (the reporters and his doctor at institution).

In the first sequence, the audience is given a view of Myers in the facility, and his, “outside time,” consisting of being tied to a metal post, surrounded by other very visually disturbing patients.

During this scene, the male reporter visiting holds up Myers’ mask, commanding him to speak— with no response. The doctor also expresses his interest in understanding how Myers kills so mercilessly, and his want to know what Myers’ thoughts consist of during a kill.

This theme holds true throughout the movie as many urge the killer to speak, all to no avail.

In the second scene, reporters visit the only woman they can think of who could “get him to speak,” and this is Laurie Strode, an unwilling interviewee and past victim. Strode’s character is depicted as vengeful-esk and very secluded, leaving the audience to assume this nature is due to her failed attempts at dealing with the deaths that once surrounded her.

By her daughter, Laurie Strode is seen as an almost crazy alcoholic with PTSD, and by her granddaughter, Allyson, she is seen as an outcast from the family who deserves their love. This is expressed to the viewers, in one specific scene during Allyson’s dinner-date when she is introducing a boy to her parents. During this scene, Strode shows up hammered and everyone gets upset (but the granddaughter invited her!). They all seem to think she is unhealthy due to her obsession with killing Myers.

The next night, and coincidentally, the same night of the teens “Halloween bash,” Michael Myers escapes a police van on his way to being transferred. Soon after, he sets out on a killing spree, starting with a young boy abandoned by his dad in a car and continuing on without being caught.

Later on, Myers somehow very unrealistically, finds the reporters at a gas-station rest-stop, where he murders both of them and a mechanic.

Unfortunately, without further development, two of the initial characters’ story lines end with either a death in an unfashionable manner or a misplaced dramatic plot twist, midway through. This leaves plenty of space for the untimely comedy and unnecessary focus on teenage characters and dynamics. This would not normally be an issue if not for its lack of reason or purpose with the overall plot.

These plot choices leave the audience relying on jump scares to keep them on the edge of their seats, and some immature conflict during the high school’s Halloween dance to smooth over the plot.

The audience is sent on a journey, following Myers on a residential street full of trick-or-treaters, where a friend of Allyson is ironically babysitting at a kid (who they made out to be a comedian)’s house. This sets for some awkward jokes and overall out-of-place humor, that lessens the scare factor in Myers’ attacks that it cuts to.

Eventually the whole town has evacuated into their homes after being made aware of dangers by the police. Allyson though is walking home with a boy, whom she leaves behind and is murdered on display seconds later.

If the audience was not already annoyed with the overall lack of reason in the killings of these teenage extras, then they definitely were after that sequence.

The movie closes with the generational trio fighting off Myers in the grandmother’s house, leaving Allyson’s father dead, as well as the police officers who were guarding outside. Myers is stabbed, shot at, and eventually thrown into Strode’s lair beneath her kitchen island, where they trap him and set it on fire.

This leaves the audience pondering. Is this the last they will see of Micheal Myers? (and do they even want to?)