I loved John Carpenter’s 1978 Halloween horror movie. I even enjoyed several of the sequels. I didn’t however enjoy Rob Zombie’s remakes. That brings us right up to date with the latest Halloween 2018 offering. David Gordon Green directs whilst Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode. And if that wasn’t enough we have John Carpenter providing a brand new score. This all sounds like a winning combination but does it all come together to produce a terrifying horror? Let’s find out, here’s my Halloween 2018 blu-ray review.
- Halloween (2018)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by David Gordon Green
- UK Rating 18
- Discs: 1
- Released By Universal
- Blu-ray Released: 25 February 2019
Its 40 years later since Michael Myers went on a killing spree around the town of Haddonfield. Michael is due to be moved to another facility just around Halloween time. Two crime podcasters Aaron Korey and Dana Haines decide to interview Dr. Ranbir Sartain, Michael current doctor. They even meet Michael. Soon after Myers escapes and the killings return to Haddonfield.
This time however Laurie Strode is ready and waiting to take Michael down.
Style / Direction
The films directed by David Gordon Green whilst the cinematography is handled by Michael Simmonds. Make no mistake this is Halloween but done nowhere near as stylish as John Carpenter’s 1978 film. In fact it kind of doesn’t work. All the main elements are in there but it simply doesn’t satisfy.
None of the Michael Myers killings are well set-up and are all extremely predictable. The film just seems a bit flat and somehow misses the mark.
Music / Audio Effects
The music comes from none other than John Carpenter himself. That should ensure a pretty awesome score.
Unfortunately it’s not that great and certainly not one of his best. This saddens me because I love pretty much all of Carpenter’s film scores. In the end its ok rather than what I had expected or hoped for.
Acting / Characters
On the whole the acting is average without any real stand-out performances. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode but seems to have actually turned into Sarah Connor from Terminator 2: Judgement Day. She does ok and is certainly at the heart of the story.
- Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
- Judy Greer as Karen Nelson
- Andi Matichak as Allyson Nelson
- Toby Huss as Ray Nelson
- James Jude Courtney as Michael Myers
- Will Patton as Deputy Frank Hawkins
- Haluk Bilginer as Dr. Ranbir Sartain
- Jefferson Hall as Aaron Korey
- Rhian Rees as Dana Haines
- Dylan Arnold as Cameron Elam
- Miles Robbins as Dave
- Virginia Gardner as Vicky
Conclusion: Halloween (2018) Film Review
I really wanted to like this latest Halloween film especially as John Carpenter was providing the music.
Unfortunately the film is at best average and somehow fails to land. It’s hard to say exactly why but the killings are done in a predictable way and are all to frequent.
The music isn’t JC at his best. In fact sometimes it simply doesn’t fit that well. As for Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode I kept on thinking she was actually Sarah Connor from T2.
The best two Michael Myers Halloween films in my opinion have to be Halloween (1978) and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). I doubt I’ll be giving the 2018 movie another look anytime soon.
Let’s hope the next two films Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends which are due out in 2020/21 respectively are a step up in horror style and direction.
If you enjoyed my Halloween 2018 blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Regression (2015)
- Sleepless (2001)
- The Changeling (1980)
- Horror Express (1972)
- The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
- Night of the Demon (1957)
- Voodoo Man (1944)
Conclusion: Halloween 2018 Blu-ray Review
With the film being a 2018 release there are no issues on the picture quality front. The extras include a good balance of interviews with the likes of John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis and director David Gordon Green.
- Deleted Scenes
- Back In Haddonfield: Making Halloween (6 mins)
- The Original Scream Queen (3 mins)
- Sound Of Fear (3 mins)
- Journey Of The Mask (3 mins)
- The Legacy Of Halloween (4 mins)
On to my movie rating for Halloween (2018)
- Movie Rating: OK
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: VERY GOOD
Amazon UK Links
Halloween (2018) is available out now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: Halloween (2018) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Halloween (2018)
Movie description: Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode to do battle with Michael Myers once again
Duration: 104 mins
Director(s): David Gordon Green
Actor(s): Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Toby Huss, James Jude Courtney, Will Patton, Haluk Bilginer
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Halloween returns in 2018 but falls a little flat.