Halloween: A Movie Review


By Tristan Rines | trines@radford.edu

Michael Myers has returned to the big screen for the 11th time since Halloween’s original premiere in 1978.

Like the original, it stars Jamie Lee Curtis in a psycho killer out for blood flick that is worth taking the trip to the theater.

This movie follows the original 1978 film, having Michael Myers institutionalized for the last 40 years following the murders of his sister Judith Myers as well as a number of unfortunate bystanders.

It is also worth to note that this movie is the “true” sequel to the first film, meaning all the other Halloween movies don’t exist in this universe.

While Halloween is a solid film, there are a few elements to this movie that make it somewhat annoying at times.

Firstly, there is some bad acting. You don’t typically go to a horror movie to see great acting, but when the actors aren’t screaming and are instead building the story, they have to be able to sell their lines.

What also hurts this film at times is some choppy editing in filler scenes. There is a scene in a police car where two characters are conversing, and the editing and dialogue for it just feels off and weirdly paced.

With that said, Halloween lives up to its excitement with original horror sequences, funny banter among characters, and most importantly the kills.

Sequences of horror are set up well and get your interest very quickly. With clever misdirection on shots and light jump scares, Halloween takes itself seriously.

It also pays homage to some clichés of past horror movies like a victim running through the woods or the killer is in a closet, but the movie doesn’t rely on them.

There is a solid amount of humor present as well which gives the audience a nice break between Myers slashing his victims. While sometimes it’s a bit unnecessary, it does not hurt the movie. The humorous theatrics end up playing a part in a couple of Myers’ kills which bring back some nostalgic elements of previous movies.

Lastly and most importantly, the deaths throughout the film.

With the right amount of anticipation behind them, Myers’ complete overpowering of his victims is entertaining and different just about every time. With a character like Myers, you expect to see some total dominance of his victim as well as the surprise factor that his silent footsteps take.

The Verdict
  • 8.1/10
    Halloween - 8.1/10

Myers Lives

This Halloween brings back the horror icon and reminds viewers that the Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger’s of the genre still have a place in today’s cinematic scare. This film pays homage to the era it came from but brings it into today’s world.