‘Halloween’ Continues its Haunting Reign


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Giannelli Gasper, Contributing Writer

The four decade long question, “What’s the Boogeyman?” posed by Laurie Strode in 1978 has finally been answered. In anticipation for the upcoming season, the 11 installment of the “Halloween” series has come to life, and quickly taken many lives.

“Halloween,” directed by David Gordon Green, has recently continued its franchise with a sequel featuring the renowned Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis, who plays Strode, returns with a vendetta to end the 40 year long haunting of Michael Myers.

The film opens with Myers in a mental institution being interviewed by two journalists. There is a cut to Strode, who is the sole survivor of Myers’ previous killing spree. Strode has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism since then. This leads her daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson to tell her that she needs to let go of the past. Coincidentally, Myers is being transported to different mental health facility via bus. Unfortunately, the bus crashes, leaving Myers to easily escape and continue where he left off on Halloween night. This gives Strode a perfect way to let go of her past, by killing Myers.

Many aspects of the movie bring nostalgic memories to horror fans, such as John Carpenter’s piercing ballad that plays whenever Myers is going to add another kill to his record. Another eerily endearing scene was when Myers reveals that he is still in possession of his original mask and knife. Curtis, who was dubbed “The Queen of Scream” after the original “Halloween” premiered in the late 70s, continues to reign over horror acting. She was impressive and fueled with rage, almost more frightening than Myers himself.

In the plot of this “Halloween,” fans have to assume that the other 10 films in the franchise never existed. The plot implies that Myers was institutionalized for 40 years. However, in the previous sequels and prequels, Myers has been adding to his hit list. This can be viewed as inattentive on the writer’s and director’s behalf. There could have been a continuation with the plot of other “Halloween” films, regardless of their lack of succes.

Like with most remakes, “Halloween” did not live up to the expectations of the original. The plot called for irrelevant characters whose screen time was quickly replaced with Curtis. Additionally, Curtis’ character did not live up to the expectation of a vengeful heroine who saves her hometown.

While the newest installment of the critically acclaimed “Halloween” series leaves long time fans with sentimental feeling, the trailer seemed to release the key scares. Overall, the movie did not live up to the hype in the fear factor. However, the performance by Curtis and the nostalgia made up for it’s less than promising terror.