HALLOWEEN (MA15+) New signs of knife for an old blade, US, 109 min
Be afraid. Be heartened. Be entertained. Then be afraid again. For this bloodstained love letter to the classic 1978 slasher flick Halloween covers all bases required by hardline horror fans in fine, frightening style. The first deaths are mercy killings everyone will roundly applaud. Director David Gordon Green has terminated the contradictory mythologies spawned by too many past sequels and rehashes. This direct follow-up to the original simply goes back to basics, letting the chilling atmospherics and overall body count rise in terrifying tandem. Need a plot? You will get a darn good one if that’s what you’re after. The franchise’s foundation heroine Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a screw-loose hermit waiting in her woodlands fortress for the day that her former tormentor resumes his one-man mission to kill her. Enter the infamously unknowable and indestructible Michael Myers, newly escaped from captivity, and soon back to his old ways. A smart (and smarting) horror movie out to hurt, haunt and high-five you.