Blumhouse is paving the way for horror movies, for better or for worse.
A few days ago my best friend Shiloh and I went to see the latest Halloween movie. I have said before that I prefer Friday the 13th but I was excited to see it. I kept hearing rather mixed reviews but that tends to be the case with horror movies.
The story, for the most part, plays out how you would imagine. 40 years after his rampage through Haddonfield Micheal escapes and picks up where he left off. Laurie Strode, now suffering from PTSD, living in an isolated compound and estranged from her daughter and granddaughter, has been preparing for this very night.
That being said, there were a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming which kept me on the edge of my seat.
Speaking of tense, I had to bite down on my t-shirt several times because I was getting scared. I have said it before and I will say it again, I am a scaredy-cat. Shiloh teased me about it and I don’t blame her.
I love what they did with Laurie. She is badass and all but still broken and vulnerable. It’s not dwelled on but there are hints about just how hard her life has been for her. I hated her daughter Karen up until the third act, then I really liked her. The dynamic between the pair is rather interesting. The granddaughter Allyson is a good character as well, she is shown to have a good head on her shoulders and is quickwitted.
As to be expected, quite a lot of folks are killed, mostly by being choked or crushed but there are a few creative deaths and one rather disturbing kill which has been spoiled online but I’m not going to show it here. All I will say is that scene stayed with me for days.
Halloween is well paced and needless to say the soundtrack is brilliant. Sidenote I love the use of the original font for the title card and the revered pumpkin during the opening credits, its a nice touch.
I don’t know about you but I find that quite a lot of horror movies have very unsatisfying endings. I am glad to report that it isn’t the case with Halloween. There is a little hint there might be a sequel but the rest of the climax is brilliant.
Oh yeah, there is a sequel in early development. I will admit that I have mixed feelings. On one hand, this film was amazing on its own, it doesn’t need a sequel but on the other, because Blumhouse pulled this off so well I have faith in them to do a great job next time around.
Overall, Halloween is a great horror flick. If you love Halloween then you will adore the latest addition yet newcomers to the series will like it too. You don’t need to have seen the first one to enjoy it, but I recommend you do anyway if you haven’t already. It’s a cult classic for a good reason.