‘Halloween’ is Getting Strong Early Reviews Out of TIFF

Jason McDonald

We’re a little over a month away before Michael Myers makes his grand return to the big screen in the newest “Halloween” sequel, but today we’re getting an early taste of what the reviews might be like.  The new “Halloween” made its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival and the critics that were in attendance have begun to release their reviews.

So far Rotten Tomatoes has gathered together 16 reviews with 14 of them being fresh and only 2 being rotten.  As it stands the film currently has an 88% rating on the site.  Here’s a brief rundown of what some of the critics are saying.

Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+ stating that:

The tropes are all here: teenager makeout sessions, frantic escapes through a dark wood, death by ax and steel-toe boot and bathroom stall…In some ways, Green might even be too faithful; there’s no new Deadpool-y twist of fourth-wall breaking or this-is-why-he-cries back story.

The Playlist awarded the flick an A-:

The most significant change from the original “Halloween” isn’t the violence, score, or story beats; it’s the themes. Green is too savvy a filmmaker to revel in an old-school slasher movie’s schlockier elements. Instead, he chooses to comment on the toll violence takes on its victims.

Nerdist gave it a pretty glowing review with a solid 4 out of 5 stars:

 The film is stunningly shot, in highly stylized, beautiful images that never overwhelm the storytelling. And the score, by John Carpenter himself, as well as his son Cody Carpenter and Daniel A. Davies, is a masterpiece that will send chills of pleasure up your spine.

But of course, not everyone is going to love the movie.  Slant Magazine awarded the film 1 and a half stars out of 4:

For all of the film’s attempts to get back to the sinisterly sidling Michael of the first Halloween, his stealth movements no longer terrify because his fixations are less unthinkingly instinctual, more compulsively mortal. It doesn’t help that Green has no evident flair for horror.

Overall, despite some of the negative criticism, it seems like the film will sit at a comfortable A-/B+ range.  Given that a lot of people freaked out when it was announced that Danny McBride would be working on it, this seems like the best possible outcome.  Seems like the general buzz around the film is that it’s the best sequel in the series so far, though that’s not an especially high bar.  All and all, all this buzz coming out of TIFF has left me feeling pretty damn excited. What do you think?


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