Although the series hasn’t been reduced to the harebrained level of a big-screen children’s cartoon, the latest chapter is the least sophisticated of the movies.
A passable way to throw away 100 minutes if you’re willing to turn off your brain and pretend it’s making sense.
Often preposterous, occasionally idiotic, and always compulsively watchable.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-01-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Jefferson Hall, Rhian Rees, Will Patton, Haluk Bilginer, Nick Castle, James Jude Courtney, Andi Matichak, Judy Greer, Toby Huss
This is the sequel "Halloween" fans have been awaiting for four decades as the slow-burn terrors of 1978 reach out across the years to shock and frighten a new generation.
Viewers are saddled with a generic slasher flick, a predictably high body count, and a story that relies more on gore than suspense for its substance.
The mix of traditional thriller elements, Cold War storytelling, submarine warfare, and Sean Connery's magnetic performance engage the viewer throughout.
Although race is a critical element of the production’s DNA, this is first and foremost the story of a remarkable young woman.
Seemingly made with the under-10 crowd in mind, the screenplay doesn’t bother to entice or interest any parents who might be in the audience.
The transgressive element is edgy and at times amusing, but it wears thin quickly.
The idiotic ending doesn’t redeem the uneven middle portion. The film's biggest problem is identified by the title.