A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
During the trick or treat shots, a trio of children can be seen together wearing a skeleton costume, witch costume, and jack o lantern mask. This is a nod to Halloween III: Season of the Witch, in which the Silver Shamrock company's skeleton, witch, and jack o lantern masks are the driving plot device of the film. See more »
Aaron inaccurately describes Michael's attack on Judith when he says Michael sliced the base of her skull, scraping her spinal column. Michael stabbed her in the chest eight times. See more »
I hear you telling your friends to come over here and you're gonna smoke some weed.
Julian, I'm talking about like, a... you know, like a magic trick. Abracadabra!
I know you're talking about smoking weed. Don't lie to me. That's against the rules, I'm telling my mom.
Well, I'm gonna tell your mom about your browser history.
You better not.
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On the opening credits, the Jack-O-Lantern gets slowly resurrected as the camera very slowly zooms towards it, white the credits is in the same position as the original 1978 version. See more »
You know the Halloween mask, you remember the iconic score, and who could forget the terror? They're all back in this sequel to the horror classic, and so is Michael Myers. There's certainly reason to be excited. For everyone holding their breath as they wonder if the new movie will meet the hype, feel free to exhale. This one doesn't disappoint.
The original Halloween from 1978 is a masterpiece. It's a film as influential to the genre as any that came before and any that have come since (aside from Black Christmas, but that's another discussion for another time). The Halloween films that followed are ... well, let's be diplomatic and call them "varying in quality." Over the course of those wildly uneven seven sequels, big baddie Michael Myers was shot in both eyes and blown up. He went into a coma, awoke from the coma and nearly died. He was nursed back to health and later electrocuted. Did you see all that? Do you remember it? If not, don't worry - none of that information is relevant to this movie.
What we have here is a direct sequel to the original film. Director David Gordon Green and co-screenwriters Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley pick up the story 40 years after that infamous Halloween night. Right away we see the fingerprints of a filmmaker who is really going for it. Not a single shot is dull. The camera whips between tight zooms and unnerving kinetic sequences of the mental hospital that houses Michael Myers (reprised in the role by Nick Castle in certain scenes). He has been institutionalized all this time and is now being transferred to a maximum-security prison to live out his remaining days.
Meanwhile, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the babysitter who lived, has been living a bit differently. She has spent 40 years collecting guns, shooting her guns and preparing to kill Michael with all her guns. She strikes a delightful balance between paranoid lunatic and total badass. Sadly, the downside of Laurie's radical behavior is the effect it has had on her relationships. She's twice divorced and has a daughter she rarely sees because of the aforementioned paranoia and guns.
Of course, we as viewers know that her obsession in preparing for Michael's return is not unfounded. During the facility transfer, Michael escapes. After a quick pit stop to pick up his favorite mechanic uniform, Michael heads off to say hello to a few babysitters and find Laurie.
Because he tends to say hello less with words and more with the business end of giant knives, the sheriff (Will Patton) and Laurie catch wind of what's happening soon after he arrives in town. Then comes Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer), Michael's latest psychiatrist. Laurie greets him with, "Oh, you're the new Loomis," as she practically winks at the camera. It's one of the film's many nods to the original - including the use of the stalker cam, the opening credits and a certain balcony scene.
As those three figure out their plan, Michael continues increasing his kill count. He soon works his way through the town's teens and crosses paths with Laurie's granddaughter, who is fresh off a disappointing night at the school dance. That's where the film loses focus. Laurie is a compelling enough character to carry the story largely on her own with only small doses of help from her family. The high school plotlines don't need to exist and only do so to provide disposable bodies.
Later, the sheriff and Dr. Sartain spot Michael stumbling down the sidewalk. The doctor firmly declares, "He's property of the state. We mustn't harm him." First of all, no. The state would be perfectly content with harming a mass murderer to protect innocent lives. Second of all, "mustn't"? Get real. Laurie was wrong about Dr. Sartain. This dweeb's got nothing on Loomis.
A few of the best and most frightening sequences of the film follow, and Green is fine in his direction of these moments. He doesn't quite set the atmosphere in the masterful way that Carpenter did, but he knows how to build suspense and execute a scare. And between Green's skill for suspense and a few sprinkles of humor throughout, we end up with the best Halloween film since the original.
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