“I prayed every night that Michael would escape,” says Grandmother Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) to Sheriff Hawkins (Will Patton). “Why would you do that?” the sheriff asks. “So I could kill him,” says Laurie who, at 18, was stalked and terrified by Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney), Halloween night, 40 years ago. Now, her prayer is answered. Michael has escaped from the asylum and returned to small town Haddonfield where, in 1978, the “Halloween” saga began.
How many victims will Michael dispatch this time? (Twelve, by my count.) Do you believe in the Bogeyman? (I don’t.) Will Laurie finally get her revenge? To find out, see “Halloween,” the final (?) sequel to the 1978 classic.
Jamie Lee Curtis, at 61, digs deep into Laurie Strode, the film’s lead character, whose PTSD has defined her life. “I’m twice divorced,” she says, “and I’m a basket case.” She lives alone in a heavily-armed and booby-trapped compound, waiting for Michael’s return, obsessing and drinking too much. “I thought you’d given up drinking,” says daughter Karen, played by Judy Greer. Karen, too, has been infected by her mother’s paranoia and psychoses. “I’ve been trying to get over them,” Karen says, “all my life.” Only Allyson (Andi Matichak), Laurie’s granddaughter seems uninfected. “Get over it,” she tells her grandmother. But Laurie can’t let Michael go. To Ray (Toby Huss), her son-in-law who, like Allyson doesn’t get it, Laurie says, “Sometimes I can’t distinguish between your ignorance and stupidity.”
Others in the cast include British podcasters Dana Haines and Aaron Korey, played by Rhian Rees and Jefferson Hall. They want Laurie to sit down and talk to Michael — who hasn’t said a word in 40 years. Haluk Bilginer is Dr. Sartain who also wants Michael to speak. James Jude Courtney is Michael, aka The Shape. Nick Castle, Michael in the 1978 film, has a cameo.
“Halloween” is directed and co-written (with Danny McBride) by David Gordon Green, with plenty of violence and gore. What it isn’t, unhappily, is scary. A sequence or two generate some tension, but the ending is way too long and, surprisingly, a bit boring. What is interesting, however, about the ending (spoiler alert) is how it — as critic Peter Travers says — reboots “Halloween” for the #MeToo era. More than that, I won’t say.
Rated R for pervasive horror violence, bloody images, language, drugs and nudity, “Halloween” runs 106 minutes. For “Halloween” fans, but the rest of us can miss this one.
Though I’m not a fan of “Halloween,”
I saw No. 11 on our big screen;
Jamie Lee Curtis — “Queen of Scream” —
Does she get revenge? See “Halloween.”