Excerpt: “My biggest sticking point, personally, is that this chucks not just the shitty sequels, but the good ones too. The second movie was part 2 of a two part story, the first movie isn’t a complete story without it, and there was nothing wrong with Halloween: 20 Years Later follow up to the 2nd movie. In terms of continuity and capturing the spirit of the original story it met it’s burden and then some. Even Halloween: Resurrection was pretty good, it’s a solid film in its own right and does well in continuing the story from H20.
Sadly that gets chucked too, even though everything I’ve heard about the plot in this new installment could’ve continued the story from there. To me it should have been treated as a franchise with four “cannon” installments: Halloween (Pt. 1), Halloween (Pt. 2), Halloween: 20 Years Later (Pt. 3), and Halloween: Resurrection (Pt. 4). If this newest movie had been included as part five in that list it wouldn’t have tied their hands on any significant part of the story development going forward, and it would be tied to the strongest, best works to come out of the franchise over the years. It could’ve been tied to four of the previous movies, easily, and been part of a longer, stronger, richer story.
The rest of the installments I didn’t mention are fun to watch but they deviate radically from the spirit and established in universe facts about Michael Myers. Removing those from the official story just made too much sense not to do, they were trash movies riding on the coattails of the films that preceded them, but the rest were solid enough to keep.
All to say… I get where Nolte is coming from, the story wouldn’t feel as unfocused with a more defined history as the backdrop imo, and I won’t be surprised if I agree with some of his other points (e.g. “Halloween 2018 is a mess, scattershot, all over the place…”) when I get around to watching it myself, but judging by it’s box office performance those flaws don’t seem to be a deal breaker for audiences across the country, or across the globe.
Tickets are selling, people are watching, and so far it seems to be mostly well received by audiences and critics. On the infamous Rotten Tomatoes website the rating currently sits at 79% with ‘approved tomatometer critics’ and has an audience score of 76%. Pretty solid numbers, all things considered, so I’d like to see it sooner rather than later. The more I hear about it the more I want to see it for myself, see if it’s over-hyped or not, see if it’s as unfocused as Nolte believes it is, see if it’s truly a worthy continuation or not.
What worries me most is the possibility that he’s right when he says Michael’s looming presence is undermined by the sprawling, expanded geography, the many locations they bounce around throughout the film, and with the number of characters being focused on. If that does actually diminish the atmosphere of the movie and lessen the sense of Michael Myers looming on the peripheral even when he’s not the focus, I will end up being disappointed with the story overall.
That element is key to the spirit of the story, imo.”
Despite mixed reviews – which I’ll get into momentarily – John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis both returned to a franchise they spawned in 1978 and the results are in.
Not a bad haul for their first weekend; John Nolte at Breitbart News didn’t care for it and said so in the review he wrote a few days ago but the amount of money the film pulled in is big enough to make it the biggest October horror opening ever. That’s a success.
The latest installment in the Halloween franchise smashed box office expectations this weekend with an impressive $80.5 million, resoundingly beating the likes of Venom and First Man.
Weekend estimates for Halloween indicate a total of $80.5 million gross from Thursday to Saturday, making…
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