The return of Michael Myers

Samson Mosley, Staff Writer

The long awaited cinematic return of Michael Myers has arrived. This sequel to John Carpenter/Debra Hill’s classic film has already broken records and continues to gross impressively more and more each day. Directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Jason Blum, Bill Block, and Malek Akkad, this story takes place 40 years after the original Halloween in Haddonfield, Illinois and follows survivor Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis and her family. As well as following Laurie, the story also focuses on her daughter Karen Strode, played by Judy Greer, and most importantly her granddaughter Allyson, played by Andi Matichak and their family’s quest to defeat Michael Myers on Halloween night. This movie takes a different spin on the Halloween franchise but also manages to keep its signature elements intact, which makes for a fairly decent sequel.

There are many little references and homages paid to the classic Halloween movies that really help to increase the quality of this movie. Throughout the film, these references strategically appear, whether it’s the little cliches that many of the previous movies contain, a particular setting, or that signature song that everyone recognizes, there are allusions to the original movie within this story. These little Easter eggs implanted into the film provide the viewer with a sense of nostalgia as they are watching the film and helps get them more invested in the movie.

Overall this movie proves to be a solid reinvention for the franchise. Every newly added detail is planted well into the structure of the film. With a combination of suspense, shock, and humor, this film contains a variety of aspects to keep its viewers interested. This current take on a nostalgic film is refreshing in terms of sequels, and definitely adds a nice touch to the Halloween franchise.