Halloween (2018) is a direct sequel to Halloween (1978), and it erases all of the others—so why did I watch them? Michael Myers killed four people that night, and has been behind bars ever since. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is just a random babysitter who survived, traumatized, and has been a fearful wreck ever since, her obsession with safety turning her into a paranoid recluse and ruining relationships with her daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak). Director David Gordon Green sensitively uses the scenario to explore how violence can ripple across generations, with Laurie as an avatar for all women who seek victory over their personal Michael Myerses—because Michael escapes, of course, and comes after Laurie, pausing to kill random folks along the way, as is his wont. Beautifully shot, the film is only mildly scary, but it has its moments. Moreover, its resolution of Laurie’s story is immensely satisfying, cashing in on the tension built up here and over the last four decades. It might be better as a #MeToo symbol than as a Halloween movie, but it’s not a bad Halloween movie.
Director: David Green
Producer: Malek Akkad, Jason Blum, Bill Block, John Carpenter, Jamie Curtis, Danny McBride, David Green and Ryan Freimann
Cast: Jamie Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle, Haluk Bilginer, Jim Courtney, Miles Robbins, Dylan Arnold, Drew Scheid, Toby Huss, Omar Dorsey, Rhian Rees and Jibrail Nantambu