Early buzz: New Halloween sequel praised as best in franchise since John Carpenter’s original

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s been a surprising turn of events in Hollywood recently. Remakes, reboots, franchise revivals –  whatever you want to call them – they don’t suck anymore. Well, at least, you can’t instantly assume they’re going to suck just because they’re a do-over like in years past. Things like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle have proven that you can revisit beloved fare without either just lamely rehashing or changing so much that you’re crapping all over the original and instead turn in something that honours while standing strong on its own. And now it appears that the same thing has happened to an iconic horror franchise.

That’s at least according to the buzz coming out of Toronto International Film Festival where director/co-writer David Gordon Green and writer/producer Danny McBride’s Halloween sequel premiered over the weekend. Picking up directly from John Carpenter’s masterful 1979 slasher original, this new film brings back proto-scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode – now a wizened older woman who has been preparing for the return of the vicious serial killer Michael Myers – and ignores all the other sequels and spinoffs in the franchise released over the years.

And it appears fitting that it took this approach as the first social media reactions from the film press in attendance have praised this sequel as the best Halloween movie since Carpenter first scared the crap out of us with a William Shatner mask and that classic eerie music score. Here’s a selection of tweets about the movie, which uniformly praises Green’s suspenseful and often brutal direction as well as Curtis’ powerful return in her most famous role, and surprisingly, the amount of moving emotion on display. This new Halloween does seem to throw in some humour for the nervous laughs in between the reportedly gory horror, and for some these humourous bits don’t always land as successfully as intended. Even with that criticism, it still sounds like Green, McBride and Curtis has a serious horror hit on their hands.

Well, damn. Now I’m super pumped to see this. We still have a little bit of time to see it though as Halloween hits local screens on 19 October.

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Last Updated: September 10, 2018

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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