There is obviously a limit to what these films are able to chop and change about the franchise, but that absolutely does not act as an excuse for a lack of imagination
As Nick Frost puts it in Shaun Of The Dead: ‘I’ll stop doin’ ‘em, when you stop laughin.’ Universal, the company behind the release of the 11th instalment of the Halloween franchise, may as well be saying: ‘We’ll stop making them, when you stop paying.’ Even judging by some of the previous instalment’s records they really shouldn’t be carrying on the franchise.
Halloween is a set of films with a very curious agenda, because mostly, there isn’t one. An aimless Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) returns again, hunting down those who got away from him in the past. This includes an uptight and revengeful Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) desperate to kill the man responsible for her family’s murder.
There is no fear. Halloween is a series of slasher movies built on its classic and cult status as a leading franchise in the far more traditional sense of the horror genre. Yet, what does 2018 bring Michael Myers that any other year didn’t? The answer is nothing, and that puts the film in a category it seriously didn’t want to feature in.
The cinematography gives Halloween a fighting chance with smoky widescreen shots, and an eye for classic colours, giving off its particularly retro feel. But other than that there is no draw; No effort to make this Halloween special. There is obviously a limit to what these films are able to chop and change about the franchise, but that absolutely does not act as an excuse for a lack of imagination.
Halloween is a sum of its parts, with Michael’s slow nature, an incredible amount of off screen action and generally poor scripting leaving it to become a torrid watch with little positive features. Yes, there’s been multiple terrible sequels produced over the years, and this is a step in the right direction, but that doesn’t mean 2018’s instalment of the Halloween franchise is actually any good.