Vatos Who Write Film Reviews: Halloween (2018)

 Michael Myers (Courtesy of Universal Studios)

Michael Myers (Courtesy of Universal Studios)

Welcome to the first guest edition of ‘Vatos Who Write Film Reviews,’ a new column where I’ll finally tap into my inner Rotten Tomatoes-loving film snob and write about the few movies I feel are worth exploring deeper. This first installment is courtesy of Victor Huesca, a friend I’ve known since high school who has become my source for all things horror. He’s really made the genre a way of life by becoming a professional paranormal investigator and author of Afterlife Frequencies, out in 2019. Here are his critical thoughts on the new Halloween film.

Remember when we all saw everyone’s favorite masked slasher killing Laurie Strode off in Resurrection? We may have all been led to believe that Myers had no family left to kill. Well, we were all wrong.

This is the Halloween sequel I’ve been waiting my entire life for. The franchise ended in 2003, or so we thought it did. But I’m sure I wasn’t the only who thought that weird ending perhaps was a bit anticlimactic to end such a pioneering series. When I read there was going to be a sequel to the original film excluding the rest of the cast, I was a little apprehensive about it because Halloween 2 is a true horror masterpiece as is.

“In horror movie years, he’s an old man man—an old maniac that is.”

However, as many people have proclaimed before me: It really is the perfect love letter to true Halloween nerds. There are so many memorable scenes that are references to previous Halloween movies. Like in a scene where Myers throws his victim out the window and he gets distracted, turning away from the victim only to show that she’s gone when he looks back. Just like in the original ending where Dr. Loomis shoots Myers out of a window and when he looks out Myers is gone as well. It’s hair-raising horror nostalgia at its finest.

Even the score on the opening credits—yes that same cacophony of high-pitched tones that brings to mind glass shattering and blood flowing through kitchen knives—make you feel like you were back in the 70s watching a direct sequel to the original, except in high definition and with way better camera technology.

“You just feel her paranoia and frustration in some kind of way and want so badly for her to finally kill off Michael so she can finally be at peace.”

On the eternal question of whether Michael Myers can die or not? Well, he’s even more brutal and fearless this time around with a slight, creepier makeover of his famed ghost-white mask. It almost makes you forget that in horror movie years, he’s an old man man—an old maniac that is.

Jamie Lee Curtis puts on a hell of a performance. It’s no wonder she broke all the records she did and made history over the weekend. Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55? Yep. Second biggest October movie opening ever? Apparently. Biggest Halloween opening ever? You’re damn right.

You just feel her paranoia and frustration in some kind of way and want so badly for her to finally kill off Michael so she can finally be at peace. There are some certain scenes I didn’t agree with that I felt were unnecessary but as a huge Halloween fan, you just learn to embrace it all.

Michael Myers will go on until he’s dead. That is if Michael Myers can die.

It’s chilling in some ways and refreshes your mind, taking you back to that original scare you felt the first time you saw the film. I believe the franchise is starting anew as an old film for new fans, while the old school heads will definitely appreciate the comeback and subtle nods to classic Halloween.

Most important of all, this new Halloween is proof that the good ol’ fashioned slasher genre can still thrive in the psychological-thriller-Netflix-only 2018 and beyond.

Here’s to many more iterations of Michael Myers for many generations to come.