TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - June 8, 2018
Halloween sequels are a lot like Terminator sequels, bound and determined to make sense of a horrendously convoluted backstory only to mess things up even worse than before. This year's reboot, simply titled Halloween, ignores everything that happened after the first film, and plays as a direct sequel.
No longer are Laurie Strode and Michael Myers long-lost siblings, that whole mythology is out the window. Now, Jamie Lee Curtis plays Laurie as a woman haunted by her encounter with a madman forty years ago, but determined to get another shot at killing him once and for all.
Now, I love the notion of this sequel, and director David Gordon Green has proven himself time and time again as someone who knows how to direct a film, just makes questionable decisions in which films to direct—see, or rather don't, Your Highness and Our Brand is Crisis. When he's on, though, he's on, as he was for last year's underrated and under-seen film Stronger, which is the best of the 2013 Boston Marathon attack movies by a mile.
I guess I'm just always leery of Halloween sequels that promise me that everything is going to make sense by the end. "Yeah, the last one was a mess, but this one's gonna tie it all together," is an argument that franchise fans are sick to death of. I hold out a modicum of hope this sequel finally bucks the trend—except Season of the Witch, which is the jam.
Halloween, sequel to Halloween, opens on October 19.
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