Well... I can't say this really satisfied me. I mean, it had parts and stuff but it had a lot of shortcomings, for me anyway.
It's late October, 40 years after Michael Meyers went on his 4-kill mini-massacre in Haddonfield, Illinois. Some dumb-fucks have decided to go to his institution to try to talk to him. He is being transferred the next day, on the same day he escaped from his previous institution 40 years earlier, before going on a murder-spree the next night. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that he escapes and gets his old mask back.
He then begins killing pretty much everybody he sees. I guess he had a lot more stored-up this time. Meanwhile, Laurie Strode has lived her entire life with PTSD and became a survivalist, living alone in seclusion in a house she has turned into a fortress, raising her daughter to fight, shoot, survive in whatever way the possible return of Michael Meyers, before the state took her away from Laurie. Laurie carries on a strained to estranged life with regard to her daughter and granddaughter who have tried to live a "normal" life. But now, Michael is loose and no doubt headed for Haddonfield and Laurie must try to finally end the nightmare that is Michael Meyers.
Producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse, director David Gordon Green, and writer Danny McBride try to make a direct sequel to the original film, de-canonizing all other films including the one with Stonehenge, the one with the cult and, obviously, Rob Zombie's films. The movie is full of references to several movies in the franchise, most especially the original, to which it does frequent loud nods. There is an effort here to capture some of Carpenter's style and vibe without being slavish to it, and Carpenter again provides the music. Jamie Lee Curtis is game. Nick Castle reprises his role as The Shape and that part of the movie is all the better for it as he defined the character very clearly with his movement and he manages to recapture that well here. This is the first Halloween sequel in which Michael has felt like Michael to me (other than Zombie's in which they did a good job with the choices they made about the character).
Still, not everything is quite right about this movie. As other critics (like I'm a fucking critic) have mentioned, the tone of the film seems uneven as the constant winking at the audience sets up a lighter vibe, as does the throwback to a more innocent horror movie time feel of the movie in general, and then it suddenly goes into shocking, Rob Zombie-level violence, and then comes back... and forth... and back... and forth. At times it feels like they were actually nodding to Zombie's movies through the violence. And Carpenter's use of sparse, but long, drawn-out stalk/kills does not happen here as Michael literally kills anyone he lays eyes on. DGG and his editor I guess try to capture some of the magic of what made the original so great, and at times they succeed with a couple of scenes of real apprehension, others are rattled off pretty quick. They seem to lack the patience to deliver the slow-kill and accelerate things with a lot more killing (a fact which is actually intentionally foreshadowed, winky, winky, winky, by a conversation early in the movie) and impatient editing. There are a number of scenes that end a beat too early and the tension is lost. This is one of the keys to Carpenter's film is how long he let things breathe and how he lingered on moments to give them more weight, but DGG and editor just can't quite bring themselves to slow down. Maybe they were just too excited about making it. Unfortunately, it diminishes a lot of tension. There was one in particular that struck me as pointless (and maybe I missed something) and quick and it kind of took me out of things and made me feel like I was in one of the sequels.
There is one other thing that really didn't work for me and I will put it in spoilers.
So, on the positive side, certainly better atmosphere than most of the films in the franchise, Michael is physically himself again and looks grim and scary, JLC gives us a nice turn here, and there are some genuinely good scenes. On the negative, the movie kind of rushes along, sometimes lessening the impact of would-be suspenseful scenes, it probably winks at the audience way too much, it is not as consistent with the original, tonally, as we were led to believe, and there is at least one what-the-fuck part.
I probably wouldn't go lower than 6.5/10
for this movie, but I'm certain I also couldn't go higher than 7.5
at my most generous.