Vampires & Horror

Vampires are undead beings that subsist by feeding on blood or vital force. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring vampires ever released. How many have you seen?

Halloween

A woman confronts a murderer who killed her friends on Halloween night four decades ago.

 

United States
2018
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Festivity: 
Halloween
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
7.04
Forty is the new twenty!
5.04
5.04
7.04
8
3
3
3
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
It should be noted that all the sequels and remakes of 1978’s Halloween were ignored, even those starring Jamie Lee Curtis. This is a direct sequel to the original. It is problematic. Continuity matters. Fortunately, it’s the only terrible thing about this film. Several scenes are reminiscent of the 1978 classic, and it gives fans reasons to smile every now and then.
Some scenes slowly escalate and never reach a climax, which isn’t something we’re used to. This is a very emotional movie. Laurie Strode is completely broken and she shouts and screams her way through this thing. Can you blame her? This isn’t Curtis’ best performance. Oh well. In other news, they brought back the sonata and the classic score. They use it scarcely for maximal impact, and it works.
Michael Myers is more relentless, more brutal and more prolific. This is a quintessential plausible slasher, and we hadn’t had one of these in years. It’s filled with micro subplots that overlap with perfect pacing. The writers really polished this script. The third act is absolutely bonkers. You won’t see it coming. This is one of the best movies in this chaotic franchise.
Alternate Titles: 
Halloween H40: Forty Years Later
Halloween Returns
Halloween 2
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