Director David Gordon Green and his collaborator Danny McBride are not who you’d expect to be behind the sequel of John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher film Halloween thirty years later. But Jamie Lee Curtis is back as ex-babysitter Laurie Strode, who has no peace of mind at having seen Michael Meyers (James Jude Courtney) locked away in a mental institution. She assumes (correctly) that he’s coming back.
When some podcasters interview Michael, even flashing his mask at him, the audience knows that things won’t end well for them – or nearly anyone else that comes in contact with the serial killer. But Michael’s main focus is getting back to Haddonfield, to wreak havoc on Strode and her family, even if no clear motivation for that deep hate shows up. In fact, we don’t even know if he’s hate-filled: we just know that he’s murderous.
Strode is the voice of the boy who cried wolf except she’s not crying wolf. But no one wants to listen to her because they don’t want to believe that the monstrous Michael could really rise up again forty years later (remember, this is technically Halloween II … erasing all previous sequels). But there has to be someone who can see the evil coming and who stands against it, right? Even if it’s an older, frail but better prepared Strode, there’s someone to stand against the evil.
This sequel provides bonus features like deleted and extended scenes, but we can see that there’s some fandom here. Whether it’s a look at Curtis in “The Original Scream Queen”, a look at Michael’s mask or the legacy of the the original, or the return to Haddonfield, we can see the passion that Green, McBride, Carpenter, Curtis, and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions put into this horrific thriller.
Halloween is currently available on Digital HD, and it will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on January 15!