Halloween (1978) for me is just as iconic as Psycho, though some of it is strange, making me feel like I’m missing something. Like, why is Michael stalking Laurie? No, really? Why did he choose her? I’ve always felt that there was something missing from the story, maybe the newest installment will give those answers. Don’t get me wrong, Halloween is one of my favorite horror movies.
Some of my favorite parts of this movie are the murder scenes, proving that you don’t need to show too much gore to be terrifying. Halloween fills each moment with suspense and builds it nicely to the climax. Jamie Lee Curtis is always amazing to watch in her roles, and this, as far as I am concerned, is her finest.
I give the first installment 4.5 out of 5 Stars.
Halloween II (1981) starts with the ending of the first with Laurie fighting Michael. How was Michael standing on the balcony railing? I never noticed it in the first, but it’s like he backed up a ramp. Somehow, after being shot six times, Michael isn’t killed, and searches for Laurie, learning that she’s in the hospital. This is what makes serial killer slashers fun, the antagonist can be reborn over and over.
OK, confusion, again, Laurie Strode is Michael Myers’s sister and was born two years before he was committed. Two years later, their parents died, and she was adopted by the Strodes. Now, I assume that is plausible, but I don’t recall a baby in the opening scene from Halloween I. Right, I know, I’m over thinking it, and it does make for a great plot twist. Then there’s the bit where he just won’t die, even after being shot in the eyes, amazing; apparently criminally insane people are invincible.
They do try to kill him off with Halloween III and change up the story line into an anthology series, but of course that didn’t work out.
I give Halloween II 3.5 out of 5 Stars, just because it felt like the story got away from them.
Speaking of Halloween III (1982), I’m not going to talk about it now, since it has no bearings in the Michael Meyers story, and move along to Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). We begin the story with an ambulance ride to the hospital where Michael has been for ten years in a coma; see, he just can’t die.
Apparently, Laurie died in a car accident, leaving behind her daughter, Jamie, who has nightmares of Michael stalking her in her bedroom, giving me more questions, how is that possible? Has she ever seen him?
This is the movie where Michael gets a new outfit, but I’m not sure where he finds the modified James T Kirk mask again, though he does return on Halloween, so I’m sure they were in all the stores or at least one. Poor Dr. Loomis, forever tormented by Michael, hunting him down, and doing what to him I don’t know, not like he can kill him.
This Halloween reboot, in my opinion is quite exciting and dramatic, though it’s nothing out of the ordinary for serial slasher films, it does have a great twisty ending.
I give it 4 out of 5 Stars.
Like Halloween 4, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) replays the final scenes of the previous installment, well kinda, we didn’t see what really happened to Michael. Then of course, we are fast-forwarded a year after Jamie stabbed her step-mother (as they are calling her now, I thought she was foster mother). She’s in a clinic for children and can’t speak, and somehow, she’s connected to Michael.
Loomis is back, too, another who apparently can’t die. I don’t understand the “clown music” when they introduce the police officers to us, it’s like they are trying to put a campy spin on the movie when it’s not needed. But it’s countered with Loomis being overly aggressive with Jamie. Suddenly, Loomis thinks he knows how to kill Michael, well good luck with that buddy. The last thing I have to say about Halloween 5 is that the costume Jamie is wearing in the poster was from 4.
Halloween 5 ends abruptly without answering questions, so it only gets 3.5 out of 5 Stars. Even with the flaws, I still love it.