The Halloween franchise is one that seems to be as immortal as the primary antagonist of the series. However, rather than making just another sequel, the new Halloween takes the novel approach of ignoring every film that's been made except for the 1978 original. How well does this strategy work? Well, we here at CinemaBlend think it works pretty well. Our official review was written by Eric Eisenberg and he thinks it works very well. Eric gave the movie 4.5 stars and says...
Those are some pretty strong words of praise, but Eric's not the only one that feels that way. The main thing the new Halloween needed to be was something more than "just another sequel" and it seems that it largely succeeded. CinemaBlend Managing Director Sean O'Connell has pretty similar feelings about Halloween, saying that the movie is as likely to make new fans as it is to satisfy the old ones.
Needless to say, the new Halloween had a lot of responsibility. There were surely many different people who wanted many different things from it. While the film might not acknowledge any of the previous sequels, there are fans of the films that still want this movie to feel distinctly like a Halloween movie. There are also younger fans of horror that may not be as familiar with the original film, but have expectations for what a modern horror movie should be. The good news, at least according to CB's Braden Roberts is that the film delivers all of it.
While there really isn't a dissenting voice at CinemaBlend, project manager Cody Beck at least doesn't speak of Halloween in quite as glowing terms. While he admits it's the best Halloween sequel to date, that may be somewhat faint praise. While the film eventually finds its groove, Cody felt it took its sweet time getting there...
It seems quite clear that Halloween will do well appealing to fans of the franchise, but just how well does it do with people who aren't necessarily all-in for Michael Myers? There are a couple of us who weren't necessarily looking for a new Halloween movie, but are still glad we found one. CinemaBlend Sr. Movie Contributor Mike Reyes admits that the Halloween franchise doesn't mean the same thing to him that it does to many moviegoers, but he was absolutely a fan of this movie.
I'm very much in this same boat. Horror really isn't my genre if I'm being honest. Jump scares will get me literally every single time and I end up spilling my popcorn and getting annoyed. Also, I find the original Halloween to be a bit too slow in its build and most of the characters to be less than interesting, and thus their deaths less than tragic. Having said all that, I enjoyed the new Halloween more than I expected to. While it clearly pays homage to the original, it's not married to do doing things the way that movie did, which helps a great deal.
Overall, it seems clear that if you're looking for a horror movie to watch this Halloween season, you could hardly do better than the new Halloween. It works if you're a big fan of the original, it works if you're not. It may or may not go down in history as the best Halloween sequel or a particularly great horror movie, but you could certainly do worse. It's in theaters now.