HALLOWEEN (18) Three stars
The boogieman does exist and for decades, he has taken the towering form of masked maniac Michael Myers in a series of blood-drenched thrillers, which began with John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 slasher Halloween. Director David Gordon Green casually disregards the nine films which followed for a comfortingly old-fashioned return to the scene of the original crime: the sleepy community of Haddonfield.
Jamie Lee Curtis (pictured right) and Nick Castle reprise their roles as ultimate survivor Laurie Strode and Michael Myers for a climactic showdown that will appease fans of the series, set to the chilling strains of Carpenter’s repetitive synthesiser score.
“What are we gonna do? Cancel Halloween?” despairs a sheriff (Omar Dorsey), who is on the trail of the knife-wielding maniac. Thankfully not, otherwise audiences would be denied one of the stronger instalments of the longrunning series.