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Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.



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Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Critic Reviews for Halloween

All Critics (352) | Top Critics (42)

  • A brutal rumination on intergenerational pain, and the ways that male cruelty can make good women bad.

    Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Rather than having the camera move implacably down a fated path, [Carpenter] seems to be flexing his muscles along with his anti-hero, as if hoping to guarantee them both a place in the horror hall of fame.

    Oct 26, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There are gaping plot holes and characters make idiotic decisions, but watching three generations of women take on Myers-with some great callbacks to the original-is irresistibly satisfying.

    Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A solid addition to the deathless horror franchise.

    Oct 24, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • It lays on the dread with finesse before turning the tables in mostly creative ways.

    Oct 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • As Myers makes his serene way through the pumpkin-lamp-lined avenues, he is as unnerving a blank slate as when Nick Castle last played him in 1978.

    Oct 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Halloween

  • Apr 21, 2019
    Great job tying in with the previous movies. JLC is a beast!
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  • Feb 20, 2019
    As an attempt to reinvigorate the Halloween franchise, the film mostly works. I have a few problems with it, mostly involving the 40-year gap and ignoring the previous films. I hold know ill will towards ignoring Resurrection, and it'd be pretty weird if they acknowledged the Thorn trilogy and all that. But the problem with ignoring everything is that Michael Myers goes from a force with 100s of kills to 5. We as the audience understand Michael Myers as a force of nature, but the characters in the movie shouldn't, but they still treat him that way. Laurie's trauma I understand and actually kind of like. At first I felt the same way about it that I did about everyone else's reaction to Michael, but really she was at ground zero to Michael's rampage, and just looking to real life people have gotten messed up from far less so it's actually believable she'd become this reclusive person prepping for his return. The film is at it's best when it's Laurie's story. I'd kind of compare it to the Aliens films. In the first one, it was people totally unprepared. In the second one, we got to see what happens when soldiers face off against the Aliens. Here, Laurie has completely Home Alone'd her house to prepare for Michael, so the final confrontation is satisfying because she knows what to do and she's prepared for it. However, the other characters are still required to do lots of stupid stuff. There's some dumb comedy and weird character bits, and I actually didn't mind it for the most part because it gave a level of realism to their world. What I did mind was when people would do the dumbest things they could. Not just things like "oh, they don't know they're in a slasher movie," dumb, things no person should do in any situation regardless of a killer being on the loose dumb. There's also some annoying subplots that go absolute nowhere, like a cheating boyfriend. Most slasher movies would take the chance to kill him, but here he just...I don't even know, he never even shows up again after being a dick. Look, the film has problems when I look back at it is what I'm saying. But while I was watching it, I can't deny it was a satisfying Halloween film. Far and away the best of the sequels, and definitely a better return than H20. There's a great approach to Michael as a creepy force in the distance that I really liked. There's one scene in particular where I thought to myself "wait, did I just see him walking by in the background there?" and I really wasn't sure I had until the characters started finding bodies. Stuff like that is great and gives it a creepy atmosphere. It's got good atmosphere, but for me it was never outright scary. I was never really terrified or genuinely creeped out, more just thought "ooh, that was well done". Still, it's a good return, and it shows Michael well, and Jamie Lee Curtis absolutely owns the show.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2019
    It's enamored with the original but without any of the clever voyeurism that made that movie so effective. Still, Curtis is outstanding and I like how the mythology is reduced to the bare essentials.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2018
    Halloween is yet another reboot, revival, whatever, that once again fails to recapture the thrill and horror of the original. Forty years after his killing spree Michael Myers escapes while being transferred to a new facility and Laurie Strode, one of the original survivors, attempts to hunt him down. Unfortunately Jamie Lee Curtis doesn't have the magic touch this time (like in H2O) and brings nothing new or interesting to the series. In fact, it's rather sad what's done to the Laurie Strode character. And, the film doesn't really gain much by wiping out all of the previous sequels from continuity: Michael Myers gets a little bit of his mystique back and the brutality of his killings make him someone to be feared once again. But the plot is pretty lame and the characters aren't all that compelling (or even likable). Halloween is a lackluster sequel that couldn't even come up with a new title, let alone a good story.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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