“There’s a killer on the loose” again? Yup…our favorite killer is back to stalk us. Michael Myers is back with his knife to hunt all of us in his newest film “Halloween” directed by David Gordon Green.
Yes, it’s been 40 years since Michael Myers put on a mask and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois as “The Babysitter Murder,” and he hasn’t done much since then. Played by the original actor Nick Castle, as well as newcomer James Jude Courtney, Myers hasn’t spoken a word in the 40 years he’s apparently been incarcerated at the movie’s start. Not even when two podcasters–or “investigative journalists,” as they refer to themselves–present him with the iconic mask in an attempt to get a reaction does Michael stir. This is a return to form (or babysitter murder) for Michael. No longer the brother of Laurie Strode, as was established in sequels to the original, he is back to being a force of pure evil who commits random acts of violence with no cause or reason.
The focus of the movie itself is still Laurie Strode, outside of Laurie, there isn’t a single character that we get to know or care about. Her daughter is someone who has given up connecting with her. That’s her one note. Her granddaughter is in a crappy relationship and wants to get to know her grandmother a little better. And that’s it. Every single other person we meet – save for Dr. Sartain – is just fodder. Contrast this with the original, where we get to know Laurie, Lynda (P.J. Soles shows up so quickly here you don’t even catch her, by the way) and Annie really intimately before the first hint of bloodshed. I defy you to tell me one character’s motivation or reason for being beyond words on a page here. For a movie that aspires to be above and beyond the slashers of the 1980’s, even the worst of those had a character you wanted to root for other than the final girl.
Meanwhile, Michael has started to kill people all over again. Allyson’s friend Vicky is babysitting instead of attending the school dance and she gets slaughtered. The scene where Myers is hiding in the closest was so much better effect in the trailer. Here, the way its framed, it loses any narrative punch. That’s when we get to the next flaw in this film: it has no idea how to be suspenseful. There is no moment where you get that heart pumping feeling where the killer is stalking his prey, where you feel compelled to yell out words of help to the hapless victim onscreen. We saw this movie in a totally sold out environment of people ready to shout, scream and shriek. You could have heard a pin drop during this movie.
What makes the first two Halloween films work is the atmosphere – from the first frame, you realize that something inhuman is coming after Laurie Strode. The second film just amps up the pace and makes The Shape into an inhuman force that cannot be stopped. In this film, he’s just there. At no point do you feel tension from him or worry for the people he has come to kill. Things just happen. It’s sloppy, slap-dash and for all the insults lobbed at the other sequels in this franchise, much closer to parts 5 and 6 than I’m sure the filmmakers would like to admit.
Even though, this new modern of Michael Myers is far from perfect, but at least we can see our favorite killer is back. And thank God we can get a chance to hear our favorite music of John Carpenter’s from original film (one of good things about the movie). If the director and producers decided to make more sequels of “Halloween” I hope that they would put more effort to do justice with our favorite the babysitter killer and make decent “Halloween” version that all fans wanted.
Director : David Gordon Green
Casts : Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney
CinemaScore : B+
Metascore : 62/100
RT : 80%
IMDb : 7.6/10
Personal rate : 7/10