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Halloween (2018) Gives Us All the Nostalgia We Needed

Exactly 40 years have passed since Laurie Strode was tormented by the masked killer Michael Meyers, on Halloween night. Still traumatized by the events of that night, Laurie will once again face off with him – but this time, she’s prepared. The Blumhouse produced film is a direct sequel to the 1978 film, erasing all the films that followed the original, giving us a truly connected and worthy continuation of the story, full of nostalgia.

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It has been decades since Laurie Strode faced off against Michael Meyers, the menacing masked killer who butchered multiple people on Halloween night, including Laurie’s friends. That night has stayed with her ever since. Though Michael was caught and locked away, the PTSD Laurie struggles with is not alleviated by that at all.

She has become a recluse, living on a property outside of town, equip with a safe room and stockpile of guns. This has affected everyone dear to her. Although her granddaughter sympathizes to some degree, her daughter won’t even entertain her mother’s issues.

While everyone looks at her as being overly paranoid, her preparation proves useful when Michael escapes his containment. As he makes his way through the streets of Haddonfield, killing once more, Laurie is ready to put him down by her own hand – thus ending the boogeyman forever.

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Erasing decades worth of sequels and remake context could potentially be messy. After all, we’re so used to those stories by now, especially Michael and Laurie being related. However, it really wasn’t at all difficult to put those previous films and plots aside and take this film as a direct sequel to the original film. From the moment the credits roll, this felt every bit of 1978 Halloween as it could.

It was also awesome to see Jamie Lee Curtis back in this role, and giving us a very different version of Laurie than we’re used to. Her delivery of a person suffering from PTSD was so real and heartbreaking. This isn’t a glossy version of her character. She is broken and imperfect, and that is what’s even better about her portrayal when compared to Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20 (1998), and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). Even further, this movie explores how a person’s PTSD can affect the family and friends surrounding them. An endless cycle of trauma and lasting scars.

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Another person given a bit of a character makeover is Michael himself. While other films have presented him as this faceless, inhuman boogeyman, this time he’s given more realism than that. We get several subtle glimpses at his face, though none totally clear. What you can make out, is that he is just as any other person. He has aged, though he still has his incredible strength and murderous sight, he isn’t framed as an untouchable ghost.

Perhaps some of my favorite, more subtle, aspects of the film, are these great moments of role-reversal between Laurie and Michael. Where the filmmakers used classic scenes from the first, and placed the characters into the other ones shoes. Without giving too much away, think closets.

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I really enjoyed this film and thought it made great use of its clean slate approach. Whether it carries more films or not, I think it was a great way to add to Laurie’s story and give her a better closeout than she had in Resurrection. Also nothing more exciting than hearing that wonderful John Carpenter score vibrating through the theater.

Halloween is in theaters now!

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