Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - CINEMA - AINE O’CON­NOR

Cert: 18; Now show­ing

At the screen­ing in Dublin, Jamie Lee Cur­tis de­scribed how dur­ing the film­ing of a small but im­por­tant scene of this film, the en­tire crew wore badges say­ing “We Are Lau­rie Strode”. It was a nod to #Metoo and an im­por­tant part of David Gor­don Green’s se­quel to the orig­i­nal Hal­loween film. A se­quel that ig­nores and by­passes all the oth­ers to take up Lau­rie’s story 40 years on from the events of the first film.

Lau­rie (Cur­tis) has been liv­ing with the trauma of the babysit­ter mur­ders, alone and ter­ri­fied, she has un­treated PTSD and knows no rest while Michael My­ers (Nick Cas­tle) is still alive. He has been in­car­cer­ated since 1978 and is about to be trans­ferred to an­other in­sti­tu­tion. Two English jour­nal­ists want to re­visit the story, con­ve­niently re­cap­ping for any­one who doesn’t know the orig­i­nal, ex­em­pli­fy­ing what My­ers is ca­pa­ble of and giv­ing him back that fa­mous mask. For es­cape My­ers does, on Hal­loween, and goes back to do­ing his thing, killing babysit­ters. But he is re­ally look­ing for the one who got away.

Ev­ery­one thinks Lau­rie is mad, she is so dam­aged she has alien­ated her daugh­ter Karen (Judy Greer) and to a lesser ex­tent her grand­daugh­ter Allyson (Andi Matichak) but with My­ers out, granny will get a chance to kick ass.

The film opens with the same pump­kin credit se­quence and John Car­pen­ter’s mu­sic. There are plenty of nods to the hor­ror mae­stro but this is much less scary than the first film and al­though the death count is higher, many die off cam­era, it is far from gore-free. It also has lots of laughs to break up the ten­sion so it’s not strictly hor­ror. But it is clever, funny and en­joy­able, and Cur­tis is great liv­ing her per­sonal Ar­maged­don.

Jamie Lee Cur­tis is trau­ma­tised again as Michael My­ers resur­faces

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