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TIFF Review: ‘Halloween’

September 15, 2018Britany Murphy

It's a new era for Michael Myers, but the silent serial killer is still just as dangerous as ever. Of course, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has been preparing for Michael's return, but her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) simply sees her mother as suffering from extreme paranoia because Michael is locked away. However, that might not be the case for long.

After a pair of investigative journalists decide that they want to do a story about the murders committed in Haddonfield by crazed serial killer Michael Myers (Nick Castle), this marks the beginning of the end. Their visit to the secure asylum that Michael is being held in instantly goes awry, especially after they learn that he is to be moved to another facility. In the meantime, the journalists pay a visit to Laurie Strode, only to find that she suffers from PTSD and wants nothing more than to keep her family safe and see Michael dead. But as we know about horror films, nothing is ever that easy, and that is proven the moment that Michael escapes during the prison transfer.

Serving as a direct sequel to the 1978's Halloween, this latest installment in the series retcons the previous continuity and is set forty years after the original film. Despite this being a long time coming, Curtis proves that she hasn't at all lost her touch, stepping back into Laurie's shoes with ease. Touting a cast that also features Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner and Omar Dorsey, the David Gordon Green directed Halloween is a fun and frightening new chapter in the franchise.

Halloween makes its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 49 min.

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