Countdown to Halloween: Halloween (2018)
October is finally upon us, which means it is officially the season for horror and thriller films. Last year we took a look at some classic horror films, and this year we’ll be taking a slightly different approach on the blog. This year I want to highlight a variety of films leading up to Halloween ranging from horror to family films. This week we are starting with the 2018 film, Halloween. This slasher film was directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride, and Jeff Fradley. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to reprise her role as Laurie Strode, and the character of Michael Myers returns once again. The cast also includes Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, and Haluk Bilginer. The film essentially retcons all further sequels in the franchise and picks up forty years after the original film with a post-traumatic Laurie Strode.
So, why should the new Halloween be included on your movie countdown to Halloween?
The original Halloween from 1978 is easily considered one of the greatest horror films of all time; in fact, we talked about why it was last year on the blog. This movie does an excellent job of incorporating a lot of the elements of the original film that were so popular without making it feel like a copycat. The classic score still adds to the foreboding ambiance. Michael still surprises and attacks a teenage girl (and her boyfriend) while she’s babysitting. There are still the unsettling first-person point of view shots that add to the tension, and there’s even a scene where somebody falls off a roof and mysteriously disappears in a later shot.
The film is still enjoyable if you’ve never watched the original. However, fans of the original are sure to find aspects they love incorporated here, and honestly, these callbacks make the movie all the more enjoyable.
Personally, I think the main reason that this movie deserves to be on a movie marathon leading up to Halloween is because of the story and what they do with these characters. The heart of the movie is the same as everything in the franchise; it’s about stopping Michael. However, I genuinely love what they do with Laurie Strode in this movie. Her experiences all those years ago have led her to prepare for Michael’s eventual return, and while at times she comes across as a little crazy or even obsessed, her preparation is well founded. She was permanently changed by the events of her teenage years, and I like the way they show how that has impacted the rest of her life. Also, adding a daughter and granddaughter to the story adds a whole new layer to the threat of Michael.
At the end of the day, don’t we all love a good showdown? As Michael terrorizes the town of Haddonfield once again, we all know it has to come down to him and Laurie facing each other. She is the only person who has survived his attacks, and she is the only one who does not underestimate him. The stakes are raised even higher as Laurie now has a family to protect. Their faceoff and how it unfolds is a highlight of the film and just another reason to give this one a watch this season.
So, have you watched the newest Halloween? Will you be watching it in your countdown to Halloween?
Comment and let us know! And stay tuned next week as we look at another film to watch on your countdown to October 31st.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.