Movie Review: HALLOWEEN 2018 (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

HALLOWEEN 2018 is based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. The movie was directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride and stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton and Virginia Gardner. The music is by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.

Halloween takes place four decades after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) narrowly escaped the masked Michael Myers’ brutal killing spree. Forty years after the events of 1978’s Halloween, Laurie Strode now lives in a heavily guarded home on the edge of Haddonfield, where she’s spent decades preparing for Michael’s potential return. After being locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when a bus transfer goes terribly wrong, leading to chaos in the same town he preyed on decades earlier. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the deranged killer returns for her and her family – but this time, she’s ready for him.

Michael Myers is being transfered from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium to a new location and he finds a way to escape. The killer heads right back to Haddonfield 40-years to the day and begins his search for Laurie Strode who’s become sort of a reclusive doomsday prepper and she’s ready for his return. There’s also Michael’s psychiatrist Dr. Ranbir Sartain who’s so curious about his patient that he’s kind of a fanboy accomplice. Maybe? Anyway, Laurie’s estranged daughter Karen and her granddaughter Allyson get caught in the middle of the deadly chaos once Michael returns but Laurie isn’t going down without a fight and she’s ready to protect her family at any cost. It’s crazy how prepared Laurie Strode is for the return of Michael Myers because “The Shape” has finally come home… again.

Okay, the cast did a great job with their characters but this is Jamie Lee Curtis’ show and she delivered an intense performance to the max. Laurie Strode is back with a vengeance, and as messed up as she is, she’s still a freaking badass! Stuntman James Jude Courtney portrays Michael Myers with Nick Castle who reprises his role as “The Shape” and the two of them together deliver the scariest version of the horror icon since the first two movies. Something I really like about this movie are all the nods and easter eggs it has and there’s plenty of them. It was also fantastic to see John Carpenter attached to this project to help with the score and his musical trio came up with an awesome updated version of the iconic theme that’s always been such an important part of the Halloween franchise.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is black and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. 

Bottom line is, this new Halloween movie is definitely the best to come along in the franchise since the original. This eleventh installment actually serves as a direct sequel and ignores all the others by using an alternate timeline and to be honest I’m okay with that. The story was interesting even though it borrowed bits and pieces from what we’ve already seen. To be honest, it’s kind of the same formula that The Force Awakens used – the escape, the closet scene, white sheet scene, baby sitter scene, fall from the balcony scene, the fire scene – it’s all there with a few tweaks. One huge plus about this movie is that they got the mask right because some of the sequels changed it up a few times and as the old saying goes – if it aint broke, don’t fix it. There’s several gnarly kills throughout the watch and once again Mikey uses his brutal imagination and creativity to TCB at times. The movie isn’t without its flaws but I think David Gordon Green did a really good job delivering a fun horror movie and a much welcomed return for Michael Myers. It’s not as scary as the original but it does have its moments. Halloween 2018 will be available on a Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on January 15th.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 105 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-X and Dolby Digital 2.0 / French and Spanish Digital Surround 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include seven deleted/extended scenes, five behind-the-scenes featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Deleted/Extended Scenes (12:42)
  1. Extended Shooting Range
  2. Shower Mask Visit
  3. Jog to a Hanging Dog
  4. Allyson and Friends at School
  5. Cameron and Cops Don’t Mix
  6. Deluxe Banh Mi Cops
  7. Sartain and Hawkins Ride Along
  • Back in Haddonfield: Making Halloween (06:05)
  • The Original Scream Queen (02:32)
  • The Sound of Fear (03:19)
  • Journey of the Mask (02:33)
  • The Legacy of Halloween (04:25)
  • Digital Copy
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