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Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2019
Anyone who is a fan of the Halloween franchise knows that the various sequels have ranged from good, to decent, to absolute garbage. And, of course, the sequel that wasn't, Halloween 3. I think everyone has slightly different ideas about which sequels fall into what categories, but for me Halloween 6 and 8 fall into the absolute garbage category (although I think 6 had some potential as a story, it was just executed horribly and suffered massive rewrites and the death of Donald Pleasance), and Halloween 4 and H20 fall within the good category.

This sequel is a complete reboot of the series, acknowledging that only the original movie existed, and is almost a "what if" scenario, opinening what if Michael had been caught at the end of the first movie, and held in Smith's Grove for 40-years. It was written by David Gordon Green, Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride, mostly known for the comedy genre, directed by David Gordon Green, and bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. It also brought John Carpenter back into the fold as executive producer and co-composer. Die-hard Halloween nerds will know that his name was included on many of the other sequels but he never had anything to do with them, just getting royalty rights. He famously never wanted the movie to go any farther than the first one, and if there was going to be a franchise he wanted it to be like Season of the Witch, without the Michael Myers character.

Curtis, aside from playing Laurie, was also an executive producer on the movie. Of course, her character was killed off in Halloween 8, hence the need for the total reboot. In this version, Laurie is basically a basket-case who is estranged from her daughter ( played by Judy Greer) and granddaughter (played by Andi Matichak) and has been readying herself for 40-years for Michael to come back. She lives alone in the woods in what can only be described as a compound with lots of surveillance and guns. Curtis does a great job with this version of the character and does a believable portrayal of what she would be like if she never moved on from the events of that night. While the movie does pretend that the other sequels and remakes never existed, it does have a lot of easter eggs that do pay homage to the original movie and some things that were clearly inspired by the other sequels, including the last shot of the movie. It does a good job either as an end to the franchise or as a set up to further movies. Given that it did well enough at the box office and got pretty good reviews it may spawn other movies down the road and was clearly left open-ended enough to do so.

For those who get the 4k blu-ray, the movie looks and sounds great as you would expect. It, of course, includes the UHD blu-ray and a regular blu-ray version. The UHD has both the movie and the extras, which include about 12 minutes of deleted scenes, and then several short behind the scenes and making-of featurettes. Probably between a half hour' and 45 minutes worth of material. One thing that was not included which would have been nice, is a commentary track on the movie. I would have liked to hear the writers, director, Curtis, and Carpenter do a commentary on the movie. But what was included was very good. While I cannot say that everyone, including fans of the franchise is going to like it, but I do think it is worth checking out.
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