Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer and Andi Matachik
Directed by David Gordon Green
Running time: 144 minutes
Available: January 28th
Rated MA 15plus
Released last year to coincide with Halloween in America this movie featuring three generations of victimised women squaring off against a predatory male was destined to be successful.
Director and co-writer David Gordon Green’s film is erratic at times and the killings get a bit on the slow side but then comes the ending culminating in a rousing vengeance finale. Jamie Lee Curtis revisits the role of babysitter Laurie Strode, 40 years after the fateful night in 1978 when Michael Myers awoke from his silence and sought her out to dispatch her, as he had done at 6 years old when he stabbed his older sister to death.
Every Halloween movie other than first and second is ignored in this one, and Laurie has been prepping for the eventual return of Michael all these years. She has lived with the traumatic baggage of the “babysitter murders” (the film’s original title) through failed marriages and a drinking problem. She has spent her adult life in fear, and resolve, transforming her home into a booby-trapped wonder of justifiable paranoia. Her grown daughter Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter Allyson, both who are semi-estranged, don’t get why Mom can’t just move on. Karen is dealing with a straying boyfriend and a sense that things ahead might not go as planned.
In this version of Halloween we are to believe instead that, instead of being burned up that fateful Halloween in 1978, Michael was instead captured and imprisoned. This might work for the younger viewers but it’s pretty disrespectful to the rest of the franchise.The climax of the film is exciting, and there’s a good surprise, but the power of the “climax” is not taken to its logical conclusion, It’s good, but there is a lot left to figure out and there’s a feeling that the film just kind of ends. Without revealing if Michael is really gone or not. There was an opportunity with this movie to really tie things up especially as far as Laurie and her daughter and granddaughter are concerned. Sadly we are left a bit disappointed.
Score: 6 out of 10