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 four decades ago.
- Laurie Strode: Jamie Lee Curtis
- Karen Nelson: Judy Greer
- Allyson Nelson: Andi Matichak
- The Shape: Nick Castle
- Officer Hawkins: Will Patton
- Ray Nelson: Toby Huss
- Vicky: Virginia Gardner
- Oscar: Drew Scheid
- Dave: Miles Robbins
- Cameron Elam: Dylan Arnold
- Dr. Ranbir Sartain: Haluk Bilginer
- Dana Haines: Rhian Rees
- Aaron Korey: Jefferson Hall
- The Shape: James Jude Courtney
- Julian Morrisey: Jibrail Nantambu
- Young Karen: Sophia Miller
- Father: Brien Gregorie
- Lumpy: Vince Mattis
- Lynch: Pedro López
- Sheriff Barker: Omar J. Dorsey
- Officer Richards: Charlie Benton
- Officer Francis: Christopher Allen Nelson
- Guard Haskell: Matthew Anderson
- Corey: Charlie Donadio
- Sexy Nurse: Carmela McNeal
- Caretaker: Diva Tyler
- Teller: Kurt Deimer
- Officer #1: Christopher Holloway
- Officer #2: Roger Antonio
- Onlooker: Teresa Ann Johnson
- News Reporter: Jonathan Bruce
- Warden Kuneman: Michael Harrity
- Hunky Doctor: Michael Smallwood
- Teacher (voice): P.J. Soles
- Judith Myers (archive footage): Sandy Johnson
- Loomis (voice): Colin Mahan
- Nurse (uncredited): Angela Anderson
- Gina Panchella / Sandwich Woman (uncredited): Marian Green
- Community Center Member (uncredited): W.F. Bell
- Chess Player (uncredited): David Lowe
- Police Officer/CSI (uncredited): Willie Tyrone Ferguson
- Criminally Insane Patient (uncredited): Johnny Price
- Mechanic (uncredited): Aaron Christian Paderewski
- Mental Patient (uncredited): Omar Azimi
- Deputy Sheriff Walker (uncredited): Rob Niter
- Onlooker (uncredited): Anthony Woodle
- Lance Tivoli (uncredited): Ross Bacon
- Casting: Terri Taylor
- Characters: Debra Hill
- Makeup Department Head: Christopher Allen Nelson
- Executive Producer: Jamie Lee Curtis
- Characters: John Carpenter
- Executive Producer: David Thwaites
- Executive Producer: Zanne Devine
- Director of Photography: Michael Simmonds
- Executive Producer: Danny McBride
- Executive Producer: David Gordon Green
- In Memory Of: Moustapha Akkad
- Producer: Bill Block
- ADR Supervisor: David Bach
- Stunts: Chris Nielsen
- ADR Mixer: Mark DeSimone
- Producer: Jason Blum
- Gaffer: Robert Sciretta
- VFX Artist: Marcus Koch
- Producer: Malek Akkad
- Editor: Colin Patton
- Line Producer: Rick Osako
- Production Design: Richard A. Wright
- Foley Artist: Steve Baine
- Local Casting: Karmen Leech
- Set Designer: Philip Toolin
- Sound Designer: Chris Terhune
- Stunt Double: Cal Johnson
- Stunt Coordinator: Rawn Hutchinson
- Set Costumer: Ramsay Williams
- Sound Effects Editor: Lee Gilmore
- Set Designer: Anne Goelz
- Local Casting: John Williams
- Supervising Sound Editor: Will Files
- Executive Producer: Ryan Freimann
- Original Music Composer: Cody Carpenter
- Stunts: Corrina Roshea Bobb
- ADR Mixer: Howard London
- Supervising Sound Editor: P.K. Hooker
- Development Manager: Ryan Turek
- Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Oleg Kulchytskyi
- Dialogue Editor: Ryan Cole
- Casting: Sarah Domeier Lindo
- Set Costumer: Toni Cunningham
- Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Jeremy B. Davis
- ADR Voice Casting: Susan Boyajian
- Key Grip: Lee Donaldson
- Storyboard Designer: Warren Drummond
- ADR Voice Casting: Fabiana Arrastia
- Grip: Krystina Figg
- Stunt Double: Adam Lytle
- ADR Mixer: Judah Getz
- Casting Associate: Ally Conover
- Assistant Art Director: Jake Kuykendall
- Stunts: Dale Miller
- Lighting Technician: Andrew Kyle Morrison
- Makeup Designer: Vincent Van Dyke
- Epk Camera Operator: Dylan Trivette
- Set Decoration: Missy Berent Ricker
- Set Dresser: Clayton Tilley
- Lighting Technician: Harley White
- Visual Effects Supervisor: Simon Maddison
- Costume Supervisor: Sarah Dano
- Camera Operator: Stewart Cantrell
- Visual Effects Producer: Jane Reynolds
- Costume Design: Emily Gunshor
- Set Dresser: Daniel Deas
- Grip: Mike Byrd
- First Assistant Camera: Justin Simpson
- Makeup Artist: Stephanie A. Ford
- Special Effects: Heath Hood
- Costume Supervisor: Melissa Houle
- Post-Production Manager: Olga Hamlet
- Art Department Coordinator: Sheena Knight
- Utility Sound: Ryan Baker
- Casting Assistant: Faith Abraham
- Set Dresser: Alissa Digiandomenico
- Set Dresser: Kallen Gardner
- Electrician: Michael Horton
- Lighting Technician: Conrad Mizzell
- Lighting Technician: Kyle Perritt
- Writer: Jeff Fradley
- Set Designer: Ricky Aguirre
- Original Music Composer: Daniel Davies
- Art Direction: Sean White
- Still Photographer: Ryan Green
- Stunt Double: Lydia Hand
- Stunts: Marian Sing
- Grip: Rocky Amon
- Rigging Grip: Adrienne Brown
- Electrician: Chrys Blackstone
- Set Dresser: Carson Gloster
- Extras Casting Assistant: T. Ryan Hill
- Camera Operator: Paul Daley
- Digital Imaging Technician: Andy Bader
- Electrician: Max Gordon
- First Assistant Camera: Matthew Mebane
- Grip: Jimmy DiGiandomenico
- Rigging Gaffer: Ben Davidson
- Set Dresser: Melissa Wooten
- Extras Casting: Tona B. Dahlquist
- Set Costumer: Dalia Dalili
- Makeup Artist: Deidre Outlaw
- In Memory Of: Aaron Khristeus
- Gill-Man: A semi-welcome return. Not the greatest horror film to hit theater screens this year but certainly not the worst. It unfortunately lacks the finality that the original had but still proves to be an effective entry in a franchise known for its inconsistency in quality.
I can’t call myself a fan of the franchise but I am a fan of the original film and this sequel transfers the formula made famous by said film pretty well to a Generation Z audience. There are plenty of callbacks to the first entry (one of the victims even being a babysitter) and they all work incredibly well.
There unfortunately isn’t that much tension. Most, if not all of the scares are executed brilliantly but the fights between Michael Myers and his victims are pretty disappointing. The gore is awesome; can’t really complain much about that.
Subplots are handled poorly; despite already being in motion, they end pretty quickly which is a letdown. Writing is fine..good, not great. Humor is handled well though. Serviceable to fans new and old. It’s evident that Blumhouse knows how to make horror movies and that’s the big takeaway here.
The new score is brilliant. One of the best I’ve heard all year, in fact.
Enjoyable. Would recommend overall.
- Gimly: The unfortunately named _Halloween_ has been released, and in doing so has created an entirely new **fifth** timeline in the _Halloween_ franchise. It’s a decent timeline this one, makes a lot of sense. Not perfect, pretty expected run of events, but yeah, good.
Gonna throw myself under the bus once more by yet again mentioning my love for the Rob Zombie _Halloween_ films, but here goes anyway: Seems interesting that a decent chunk of the same people who hate those Rob Zombie movies (99% of all horror fans), love this movie, despite some scenes in the 2018 _Halloween_ seemingly being ripped straight from Mr. Zombie himself.
_Final rating:★★★ – I liked it. Would personally recommend you give it a go._
- Columbusbuck: So we’re all totally just going to ignore Laurie had a teenage son twenty years ago?
- moovies: “A worthy successor”
40 years after the events in ‘Halloween’ (1978) Laurie Strode faces off once again with Michael Myers.
Strode has been preparing for 4 decades for an eventual showdown with Myers. Of course Michael escapes and it’s only a matter of time before the 2 meet. Strode’s doomsday prepper storyline is a bit far-fetched but that doesn’t make it less entertaining. Jamie Lee Curtis makes a triumphant return as Laurie Strode. It also marks the return of Nick Castle as Michael Myers. And Myers lives up to his reputation. His killings are more brutal than ever.
Director David Gordon Green executes it almost perfectly. A lot of killings happen offscreen but you get to see the horror afterwards. And there’s of course the delicious tracking shot where Myers returns to Haddonfield. The camera follows him through a suburban home where he slaughters someone. The camera follows him back onto the street and into the next house to kill again. Michael’s introduction in the psych ward is also pretty memorable when all the psychos start to go… psycho. After that sequence we get the opening credits with the iconic theme. Brilliant.
Credit has to go to writer Danny McBride. He respects the original, as is obvious in the countless references (Laurie standing in front of the window, Michael missing an eye) but isn’t afraid to give it a spin. Who’s hunting who? There’s also the humor he brings to the story. And it works (the babysitting scene).
Of course it’s not all great. At times ‘Halloween’ falls victim to several genre tropes (girl falling when chased, questionable decisions). And although Strode’s been preparing for 40 years she doesn’t do a top notch job.
The biggest letdown was the character of Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer). He’s a poor man’s Dr. Loomis whose role is too expanded.
All in all David Gordon Green and Danny McBride finally make up for 40 years of mediocrity and less (Halloween: Resurrection says boo). Although the 2018 version will not achieve the same cult status as the original it’s a solid entry in a disappointing franchise.
- Sheldon Nylander: “Halloween” basically ignores all but the first movie. Think of the way that various Godzilla reboots worked. It’s an interesting approach and does wipe out the atrocious “Halloween: Resurrection” from continuity, at the very least.
I really wanted to like this movie a lot more, being a big fan of John Carpenter’s original, but I can only say it’s okay or fair. It starts out pretty strong, with an unsettling opening scene and elements like the title sequence being a direct homage to the original film (“Halloween III” playing on a TV is great call back to the first “Halloween” playing on a TV in “Halloween III”) but some questionable choices get made and it seems to lose its way as the movie progresses. The characterizations of several characters are inconsistent, switching back and forth between badass and panicky. The lead teenage character who we think the torch is going to be passed to just doesn’t cut it. And the end is quicker than I would have expected, feeling a little unsatisfying and reminiscent of “H20”.
See it if you’re a fan of the series. Other may be left feeling a little letdown.
- Repo Jack: The best sequel/reboot of the Halloween series. John Carpenter returns as executive producer and sound director leaving the directing to David Gordon Green of “Pineapple Express” and “Joe.”
The movie does a great job of connecting to and playing homage to the original (there are many easter eggs to find) while injecting an original story around the distraught Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis).
Unfortunately, an unbelievable plot twist late distracts from the stronger main plot line. If you can forgive that one sin, you’ll enjoy the Halloween reboot tremendously.
- beyondthecineramadome: Full review: https://www.tinakakadelis.com/beyond-the-cinerama-dome/2021/12/28/guess-whos-back-backnbspagain-halloween-2018nbspreview
It’s hard to justify the return of Michael Myers, the looming boogeyman who made his first appearance in 1978’s _Halloween_. In 2018, after ten _Halloween_ movies in that forty-year span (some outright sequels, others attempted reboots), Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is back for _Halloween_. One would think those forty years would have given the town of Haddonfield a sense of clarity or compassion toward Laurie’s enduring trauma, but that’s not the case.
- Martha: Uh… No.
What was this?
So damn boring I fell asleep.