The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Ontv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

What if the orig­i­nal thriller “Hal­loween” hadn’t yielded sev­eral decades of fol­low-ups and only had a di­rect, decades-later se­quel? That’s the re­fresh­ing con­ceit of this mar­velously ef­fec­tive lat­est edi­tion, which ba­si­cally erases all those other movies and plugs right into the very first one. Fran­chise-keepers David Gor­don

Green and Danny McBride clearly are huge fans of that film, and they hold very true to it as mur­der­ous

Michael My­ers (played par­tially by the orig­i­nal ac­tor,

Nick Cas­tle) wreaks havoc on the small Illi­nois town of Had­don­field again. You just know for­mer babysit­ter

Lau­rie Strode still has to be around, and Jamie Lee

Cur­tis re­turns to the part with new rea­sons for the char­ac­ter to be wary of the newly es­caped My­ers ... namely, her daugh­ter and grand­daugh­ter, played by Judy Greer and Andi Matichak. Se­ries orig­i­na­tor John Car­pen­ter is an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer here. DVD ex­tras: five “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­taries; deleted and ex­tended scenes. ››› (R: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)


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