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“Halloween” Review: Babysitters (and Jamie Lee Curtis) Beware!

It has been four decades since Michael Myers and his horror mask first gave us the testimony of John Carpenter's…

It has been four decades since Michael Myers and his horror mask first gave us the testimony of John Carpenter’s “Halloween”, which makes him 61 – and if David Gordon Greens single successor is believed to still hold a ramrod spine, stacker fists and non-arthritis knees. The meals at the Smiths Grove Sanitarium, where he has cooled his heels in all these years, must be unusually nutritious.

On the other hand, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the fiery Illinois baby guard who once disappeared Michael’s Stalk-and-Slash Spree, has grown more credible than her nutty nemesis. Now, grandmother and self-described basketball case, Laurie has confused two failed marriages and births from her daughter, Karen (Judy Greer), who is scared of childhood driven through in preparation for day-to-day. Eyes burning under a fluff of gray hair, Laurie lives in a fortress house with a dusty hole in the kitchen and the arable plants instead of art, convinced that Michael will come back for her one day. (She may be paranoid, but she’s no fool: When two truth-seeking English podcasters show up on her steel ports, she accepts their $ 3,000 and sends them packing.)

[ Read The New York Times Review of the original movie ]


Michael Myers is back and forth for blood in the new “Halloween.” Credit Universal Images

And returning Michael makes (played by James Jude Courtney, with a como of the original actor Nick Castle), fleeing from a prison car on Halloween night and lumbering back to finish the job. At this time, Green (who wrote the script with Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride) is a decisive decision. Brushing away the most disappearing attempts to revive Carpenters minimalist masterpiece, he has made a straight sequel, a rematch between heroine and villain. This is not a wisecracking, tongue-in-cheek image: Green wants us to believe in his Bogeyman, and Curtis is his ace card. She leaves no room for blinking or freaking, she makes Laurie’s long-term terror to the glue that holds the film together.

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