This past Friday, October 19, generations of horror movie fans flocked to movie theaters all over town for the premiere of Halloween. By 7:00 p.m. that night, the lobby of the theatre was packed and almost all the seats were sold-out. Fans from the first movie in the series that aired in 1978 were seated amongst the newest fans from 2018. It was an awesome sight to see as the iconic opening text credits started to roll as the classic theme played.
The storyline follows Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, who survived a vicious attack from a masked madman named Michael Myers on Halloween night 40 years ago. Since that night, Michael Myers, played by James Jude Courtney, had been locked away in an institution until he manages to escape during a transfer. He returns to Haddonfield, Illinois, where everything took place 40 years ago, to find Laurie and have a final showdown with her, but she is prepared this time.
The new 2018 thriller tips a hat to the original in many ways. To start, Jamie Lee Curtis plays Laurie Strode for the fourth time in the last forty years, pleasing fans with her force-to-be-reckoned-with character. John Carpenter the composer of the original score, director, and creator in 1978 wrote the score for the 2018 film. John Castle, who played Michael Myers in the 1978 movie, makes an appearance behind the mask by doing his signature head turn from the first movie in the franchise during one of the scenes.
The opening weekend ticket sales racked up a new record for the franchise with $77.5 million. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a fresh score of 80%, as of this article’s release. I highly recommend seeing this movie before it’s out of theatres. The atmosphere of watching a horror movie in the theatre with other generations of fans is something that can’t be matched. It’s a perfect movie to watch before Halloween night.