Kristen Dragotto, Staff Writer
Released Oct. 19 “Halloween” has kept the myth of Michael Myers alive. It has been 40 years since Loraine Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, was traumatized on Halloween by the deranged and psychotic killer Michael Myers, played by James Jude Courtney. Michael Myers had been institutionalized but manages to escape while being transferred to a different facility. After many killings, things come to a head in a showdown between Loraine Strode and Michael Myers.
The one hour and 45-minute slasher-thriller film is full of action, making it compelling to watch. Michael Myers still proves to be a freak of nature who is impervious to pain. The man can walk slowly behind his victims, manage to still catch up to them, then kill them in the most horrifying way.
The new characters in this film add an interesting twist to the storyline. For example, in the Strode family there are the new additions of Loraine’s daughter and granddaughter, who become just as much a part of the story and plotline as Loraine. There are investigative journalists whose appearance kicks off the story, but one of the most intriguing new characters is the psychiatrist that studies Michael Myers himself. The psychiatrist proves to be just as perplexing as Michael Myers.
The most interesting aspect of this film is the twist that takes in who becomes the prey and who is the predator. In an article written by Peter Travers titled “‘Halloween’ Review: A Slasher-Movie Reboot for the #MeToo Era,” he writes “Playing the naïve Laurie made Curtis a star at 19; now she brings a sense of loss, regret and separation to the role that deepens the character’s humanity without diminishing her resolve. It’s a savage roar of a performance that stays alert to nuance. And it fits in perfectly with Green’s concept of the film as a feminist parable in which three women come together to call #TimesUp on a male predator.” It is the #TimesUp element of this film that calls forth a new audience and allows for this movie to add layers of complexity.
In addition to the new twist, this movie completely ignores the other sequels that came after the original “Halloween.” This movie acts as the only true sequel to the 1978 film and without a doubt it accomplished this. Director Gordon Green did a great job with numerous references, symbols and connections to the original film.
If you are a fan of the original “Halloween” and you don’t mind gore and violence, this is the must-see Halloween movie for you. It takes an interesting twist from the original “Halloween” movie. However, don’t be fooled—there are enough unexpected plot twists and character development to keep you captivated and wondering, proving that this new film is more than just your typical slasher film.
Perhaps if you watch it, you will get the answer to the question that has been much anticipated: can Michael Myers ever be defeated?