Doing for Halloween what Neill Blomkamp kept hoping to do for the Alien franchise, this latest Halloween entry disregards all the dumb sequels AMC plays on loop in October. Picking up 40 years after John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, it re-imagines that stabby villain Michael Myers has been in an institute for the criminally insane all this time. Meanwhile, for the last four decades, Jamie Lee Curtis’s Laurie Strode has been training as a badass killing machine in the hope that, should her white-masked chum ever escape, she can finally get the closure she’s long sought. You can guess where this is going.
The sequel comes from Danny McBride and director David Gordon Green, two of the guys that gave us the brilliantly dark Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals. So there’s reason to think, for the Halloween franchise, it may somehow be the tenth sequel/reboot that finally does the original justice. We’ll see if film can overcome its one fault—trying to erase the history LL Cool J being in H20—when Halloween hits theaters October 19.