Halloween (2018)

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I will preface this review by saying that I’ve never before seen a Halloween film.

This started off well, introducing the idea of trauma and how it affects family relations. This idea, like many things throughout the film, is completely abandoned for no apparent reason.

Allyson’s (Andi Matichak) boyfriend serves no purpose whatsoever, and the entire situation does nothing to further the plot of the film or any sort of real character development. In the same way, all of her friends exist only to be murdered for literally no reason.

There is no rhyme or reason for any character’s actions in this film. If Michael had some vendetta against Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), why does he slaughter a bunch of strangers? Why did Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer) murder Officer Hawkins (Will Patton)? Why is every character in this film a complete and absolute imbecile?

If there is one thing I cannot stand, it is characters that are written to be purposefully stupid simply to provide fodder for the killer.

Plot holes abound. Why did Michael hide in the kid’s closet? How did he have time to move Ray’s (Toby Huss) body upstairs into the house? How did Michael have time to move all those mannequins inside? But, more importantly, where did that grated steel door go? It conveniently disappeared so that Michael could break in through the front door.

The only thing I can think of that I actually enjoyed about this film is the soundtrack. Some of the cinematography was nice. The script was mostly awful and the performances were mostly adequate.

I’m thinking this might be my first and only foray into the Halloween franchise.

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