Halloween (2018) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Halloween (2018) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: David Gordon Green
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak,
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Universal Studios on January 15th

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Master of horror John Carpenter executive produces and serves as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

You’ll have a hard time finding another movie with such a buzz around it last year than the release of this Halloween film. Instead of trying to find ways around other things that came before in both the original series and the Rob Zombie series, this Halloween just ignored everything and picks up forty years after the events of the original. While I can’t deny that I love finally seeing one of the icons of horror from my childhood return to the screen and I can’t deny that the movie is good enough to even make my top 10 list for the year, I also won’t deny that is it flawed. While I will try to avoid spoilers here, I will say I expected more deaths than we got or at least more to characters that mattered. I also feel the doctor in this one is forced and just here because even with no Loomis we can’t have a Myers’ movie without some doctor running around. I also found the whole British podcasters here to interview Michael at the start of the film I bit awkward and I think that intro feels different than the rest of the film. Other than those things, I did enjoy the 2018 Halloween when you lay everything out on the table.

For one it does a fine job of showing us Laurie Strode’s PTSD after surviving the original film. Yes, she’s also a doomsdayer now but that still isn’t too far off base from how someone might actually act after such events. The film does manage to hit that Halloween vibe and feel more times than not with a couple really cool sequences including the one talked about on the internet where Michael goes house to house killing in a long take. Michael might technically be an old man in Halloween now but he’s still possessed by full-on evil and that gives us a few nice kills and a really solid and spooky atmosphere. A lot of the movie is made by nostalgia and throwbacks to other films in the long history of Halloween but I feel we still get more good than bad when it comes to the 2018 version of Halloween.

Extras

– Deleted/Extended Scenes
Extended Shooting Range
Shower Mask Visit
Jog to a Hanging Dog
Allyson and Friends at School
Cameron and Cops Don’t Mix
Deluxe Banh Mi Cops
Sartain and Hawkins Ride Along
– Back in Haddonfield: Making Halloween
– The Original Scream Queen
– The Sound of Fear
– Journey of the Mask
– The Legacy of Halloween

Quality of Transfer: 97%