The Shape. Michael Myers.
Review of Halloween 2018
By: Joshua Rusoff, cartoonist/photographer
“Halloween”, John Carpenter’s 1978 horror movie, is considered the first true slasher film and is well known. The hit movie has a total of six sequels and is has one of the most divided fanbases in the horror movie genre. Carpenter’s newest continuation of the franchise, “Halloween (2018)” puts all previous sequels into the background.
The movie began in the classic manner of the Halloween franchise: opening credits on a black screen featuring a pumpkin. However, as this movie represented the resurrection of the franchise, a pumpkin rotting in reverse was used instead. And of course, this visual was accompanied by the classic Halloween soundtrack.
One of the main draws of early horror movies was the effects. The practical effects were used by necessity rather than choice in the original film; however, they often looked great, especially compared to CGI. “Halloween (2018)” managed to use a lot of practical effects, ranging from broken bones to fake heads. CGI was used sparingly and not often, making these effects blend with the movie quite naturally.
The cinematography was good overall. A lot of the time it was used to add suspense to the movie and increase the feeling of dread. However, there were a few moments in which the cinematography was less than stellar. Like many horror movies it suffered from the “out of frame killer” trope, in which the killer should in all logic be seen by the victim, but because the killer is out of sight of the camera, they are invisible to the victim.
One of the best things about the movie was the sheer number of references to other movies from the “Halloween” franchise. At one point the Silver Shamrock masks from “Halloween III” were seen on trick-or-treaters. Later, one of the coolest references in the film was a scene that emulated the ending shot of the original “Halloween.”
Overall, while “Halloween (2018)” is a good movie, it has several flaws, including an overabundance of jump scares. These flaws hold it back from being a truly great movie, but it is easily one of the better horror movies that have come out in recently. As such, I’d have to rate “Halloween (2018)” with four kitchen knife stabs out of five.