No, not the kickass Bruce Lee one. The boring, lazy wannabe original horror film.
I feel like they were going for something entertaining and original, but it just ended up being laughable. I ended up laughing more than anything. Thankfully, the runtime was short. Only a little over an hour of my life I can never get back.
Similar to the transition between JAWS and JAWS 2, this film trims the nuance and goes straight for the jugular with straightforward action and creative kills. A continuation of “the night he came home.” A more simplified slasher flick than the comparable thinkpiece that was the original “Halloween.” A great film nonetheless. And really the last one of the original trilogy that made sense.
The directing, storytelling, and score are absolute horror perfection. The tracking shot in the beginning is a thing of cinematic beauty. The unstoppable force that is Michael Myers meets the immovable object that is Lorie Strode. So many firsts that would soon become staples in the genre. A masterclass in horror cinema.
What started out as a summer “coming of age” movie takes a very dark turn. A small town on the water in Michigan. People getting picked off one by one. An enemy that you can’t quite put your finger on, even by the end of the film. That oh so beautiful cliffhanger ending that makes these horror films legendary. The creep factor of “The Witch.” You think you know where things are going, but then they turn the tables again and keep you off balance almost the entire runtime.
Again, the ending of this is a thing of beauty. It takes a hot second to catch up with what’s going on, but when you do…
The whodunnit factor of “Knives Out.” The camera work of “Paranormal Activity.” The “y’all gonna die” factor of an 80’s slasher movie. A pleasantly surprising thriller, with well developed characters and well executed twists and scares.