A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll-maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they become the target of the doll-maker's possessed creation, Annabelle.
In October 2018, forty years after the massacre in Haddonfield, true-crime pod-casters Aaron Korey and Dana Haines travel to Warren County Smith's Grove Sanitarium to visit Michael Myers. They briefly interview Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Ranbir Sartain, a former student of Dr. Samuel Loomis, before meeting with Michael in hopes of gaining some insight into his past actions before his transfer to a new facility. Aaron brandishes Michael's mask at him, to no effect. In Haddonfield, Illinois, Laurie Strode is living an isolated life, having been divorced twice, developed a strained relationship with her family and turned to alcohol. Laurie has prepared for Michael's potential return through combat training. The following night, Michael's transport crashes. Michael kills a father and his son who stumble upon the crashed bus on the road, and steals their car. The following day, on Halloween, Michael resumes his killing spree, killing several people at a gas station, including a clerk, a ...
Like any other Halloween franchise fan, I went into this one with high hopes. After all, Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode - the original Shape/Michael Myers, Nick Castle is also back, and the film had the full support of John Carpenter. It's 40 years after the events of the original film, a direct sequel. This one had to be good, right? Well, not so fast.
The opening sequence shows two podcasters arriving to a sanitarium to visit Michael, who's chained up outside in a courtyard. One of them approaches Michael, holding his mask up before him and daring him to speak. "Say something, Michael," he says. When Michael won't respond or even turn around, the podcaster begins to scream at him over and over, "Say something! Say something!" Let's just say I was less than thrilled with this beginning, feeling it was rather lame. I was thinking, I hope this isn't going to be an indication of how the rest of this movie is going to go. Fortunately, it did improve - somewhat.
While Michael is being transferred to another facility, the bus he is on crashes, allowing him to escape and once more find his way to Haddonfield and to his recluse sister, Laurie. But, Laurie is ready - having had 40 years to prepare for one last showdown. Michael finds the two podcasters, killing them, and retrieves his mask. And then the real carnage begins - on Halloween night.
To be honest, I wasn't as enamored with this film as others seem to be. It wasn't a bad movie, in fact, it was pretty entertaining. What I did appreciate about this Halloween movie was that it didn't revert to jump scare tactics, or tricks of the camera. It allowed the tension to build over time, like the original did. The dialogue was fairly good, except for the opening sequence mentioned above. And the cinematography was spot on - with dark backdrops and themes.
But, overall, this wasn't an impressive movie to me. It was solid, it was good - and it covered all the bases, so I don't know why I walked away feeling it could've been better. I felt the acting could've been better, honestly. They could have done more with Laurie - bringing more depth to her character. In Halloween H20 - Twenty Years Later, Jamie Lee Curtis brought it. In this one, it seemed like she was holding back some, and I don't know why. The other characters are flawed, but again, the acting was just good enough to get the job done.
This wasn't a bad movie. I did enjoy it and would see it again, and would even recommend it. It just falls short a little bit here and there. In the franchise, this is my 3rd favorite - falling behind the original classic, and H20.
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