It would be an understatement to say I went into the new Halloween with a loaded set of feelings and maybe that alone forced me to accept it wouldn’t live up to my carefully curated standards. And frankly, how could it? I’m one person within millions of clamoring fans; each armed with their own ideas of what this film should be. With a movie like Halloween, it’s more than hype, it’s an avalanche of memories and expectations and horror loving nostalgia and for some fans, I realize the film’s problems came down even more disappointing and hard to take (and not without merit in some cases). Either way, I think horror fans can agree we do not want to see the Halloween franchise end (it won't) and half the fun is waiting to see what comes next!
I arrived at the theater super early on October 18th wearing my Halloween 40th Anniversary Fright Rags t-shirt while nodding in solidarity with others who wore variations of the same thing and have since then processed my thoughts. I worked to differentiate between my child-like excitement watching the story unfold and whether it was truly a good movie when I wiped away the heightened anticipation. For me, it’s both. I got the full Halloween experience with the numerous kills, Myers emotionless mask closeups and the fiery, final showdown. I cheered incessantly for three generations of Strode women fighting together and enjoyed Laurie’s transformation from meek babysitter to trained assassin. I got what I came for in that this movie reignited my Halloween spirit and paid tribute to the original.
Most of the sequels following the original Halloween are fun to watch through their varying fan serviced moments and their otherwise embarrassingly incoherent scenes. Many of my horror pals have been posting their Halloween movie rankings, from best to worst. I can't wait for no one to agree with me on this so here’s mine: