Audio (MP3): 20181023 - Initial thoughts on Halloween 2018
I haven’t seen the new Halloween movie, just the trailer and commercials. It looks like they may have largely ignored the later films. Because that would be good. Bad guys should never say, “Oh, I wasn’t really dead. I’ve just been chillin’ here in this decade long coma.” Comas induced by two fiery explosions (4th and 5th films) or whatever. Because that’s dumb.
Writers in the horror genre: take a tip from Star Wars and don’t kill off your villain in the first or second movie. Wait until the third and make it a solid trilogy.
I wasn’t super excited they were making another Halloween movie and I’m a bit curmudgeon’ed before even getting to the theater. Rob Zombie did his Halloween movies not that long (2007 and 2009) so I’m not sure if we need another. We got ten others. And Zombie’s take on Myers wasn’t really that good.
Stephen King’s written literally tens of books and most that have been made into films are in my top 20 list of horror movies you have to see. Carrie, Christine, Cujo, Pet Cemetery, The Shining, etc.
So in this new 2018 trailer, when Michael drops the teeth over the bathroom stall door, I got the feeling he did this as a fear tactic. A way to scare his victim. Pleasurably. One of the great things about the original two Halloween films is that Carpenter and Hill never gave Michael emotion. They also never gave him motive. Never gave him cause or reason. He was simply out to stab and strangle his sisters.
People void of emotions are far more frightening than those who’re demonstrably psychotic. Unknown things are terrifying. Charles Manson acting goofy and outrageous in prison, not scary.
Don’t get me wrong, the teeth drop was a novel idea but I don’t think it’s necessarily what Myers would do. He’s a killing automaton, not a sadistic dentist from Little Shop of Horrors.
And then Laurie Strode. In this movie she looks to be arming up like she’s in Terminator 2. I’d rather have her permanently scarred and traumatized than channeling Sarah Connor.
Yeah, I’m all coming down on this movie. I’m sure I’ll watch it sooner or later like I have all the others. But I can’t say I’m excited. Not at this point. But I do like Danny McBride. But I’m not sure about David Gordon Green.
bee.jonny · Oct 23, 2018 at 10:35 am
It is a direct sequel to the original ignoring all others in between
tcr! · Oct 23, 2018 at 10:42 am
Ahhh.. That’s good news then.
bee.jonny · Oct 23, 2018 at 10:46 am
Agreed! It came out really good in my opinion
Hater McGhray · Oct 23, 2018 at 11:06 am
It’s pretty good
Lisette · Oct 23, 2018 at 11:50 am
It’s awesome. Picks up modern day without all the crap between original and now
jimi hindrance experience · Oct 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm
I saw it. It’s growing on me. I didn’t/don’t have any emotional involvement in it, it was just mindless gore entertainment. It ignores the stupid sequels and picks up with a genuine story. It seems to me that part of Michael’s M.O. the first time around included frightening people. He does do that teeth thing. And it might not be strictly in keeping with the canon but it’s effective. And the part of Laurie Strode as traumatized survivor that isn’t gonna take it anymore works very well. There is much worse schlock out there.
tcr! · Oct 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm
Yep. I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt now. Sara also insisted we go this Friday night.
jimi hindrance experience · Oct 23, 2018 at 5:54 pm
Did I ever ask you what you thought of “First Man”? I liked it.
tcr! · Oct 23, 2018 at 8:02 pm
I liked it, too! I got a little seasick at times but I’d watch it again. My favorite part: “do you think I’d be out here by myself if I wanted to talk?”
Armstrong might not have said those exact words but regardless, that’ll be with me for the rest of my life. 😁
jimi hindrance experience · Oct 24, 2018 at 1:54 pm
I KNEW you’d get it.