If you’ve seen and enjoyed the original Halloween, released in 1978, you should be over-the-moon excited for the newest Halloween, released October 19. Halloween was directed by David Gordan Green and stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, and - our favorite- Jamie Lee Curtis. We learn very early on that Laurie Strode does not have a close relationship with her child, Karen Strode, and her granddaughter, Allyson Strode. Karen was taken from her when she was only twelve years old and they’ve had a rocky relationship ever since. Laurie is obsessed with Michael Myers and spends everyday preparing for the day that Michael escapes, ready to kill him for all of the sinister acts he’s committed. She has beyond prepared both herself and Karen for this day, however, it is this preparation that has caused the major divide between them. The movie starts on the 40th anniversary of the original incident. Michael Myers is being transported to a different mental institution, and on the way, the bus crashes and he escapes once again. The story follows Michael as he repeats his rounds through Haddonfield but this time, it’s Allyson and her friends that need to watch out.

To say the movie was amazing is an understatement - especially when comparing it to the original in 1978. Part of the reason I consider this movie so great is that it almost perfectly parallels the first movie in the beginning, but is just a hundred times better. The special effects are expectedly much better, as well as the story line in general. Where the first one was very straightforward and had no real action until the end, this Halloween is jam-packed with action and you are constantly at the edge of your seat, waiting to see what could possibly come next. There were also several twists that neither myself or the rest of the audience saw coming, that led to many gasps and shouts in the theater. Furthermore, the level of sinister that Michael represents is bloodcurdling; he’ll simply walk into someone’s home, stab them to death, and just continue on as if nothing out of the ordinary happened. You sit there wondering how one could do such an act without even blinking, and in spite of yourself, you can’t wait for more!

I would absolutely recommend going to see this movie, especially if you saw and liked the first one. If you liked the first one, you’ll absolutely love this one. If you haven’t seen the first one, I’d recommend watching first it to get a better idea of the story line (plus it’ll make you appreciate this one a hundred times more). This is definitely the perfect movie to see before Halloween!

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Kaitlyn King is a senior at ALJ and will be reviewing films regularly in her column: Kait’s Pix.

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