Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the franchise with a vengeance with this pretty good sequel to the two first entries ( I suppose 4-6 never existed). Unfortunately she's the only reason to watch in fairly toothless entry which seemed to be more influenced by the Scream pictures than its own legacy. Final battle royale however is quite enjoyable.
Utterly generic 90s slasher (complete with cheap, made-for-tv aesthetics, unimaginative kills and lazy, post-Scream pop culture references). However Jaime Lee Curtis is fucking awesome and the ONLY reason to even bother with this tired schlock. When the film descends into a grueling "Laurie VS Michael" battle, it finally comes alive. Still... too little, too late.
Really liked this. After endlessly awful sequels, here comes a film with something interesting to explore with the franchise. Ignoring the suburban setting is a mistake. But if this was only the opening sequence, the Janet Leigh/Curtis scene (my heart) and the confrontation from the moment Laurie first sees Michael, this would be the second best Halloween film after the first. But it's still pretty good.
The film feels driven by two distinct impulses, first in detailing the trauma in Laurie Strode’s character but also secondly in diverting to the late-90s teen slasher with Josh Hartnett’s character, closer in form to the redressed nostalgia of I Know What You Did Last Summer than the explicitly meta-shenanigans of Scream. (cont.)
As far as I’m concerned, this is the final word on the Michael/Laurie saga, a film that depicts its heroine as a successful-yet-haunted fighter in a far more satisfying and empowering conclusion than its 2018 re-hash. There are notable flaws here (Williamson snark syndrome, namely) but when the film focuses on its heroine and her lifetime tormentor, it still works like gangbusters, even when it’s over the top.
So far, the best Halloween sequel featuring Michael Myers. From unstoppable killing machine that was developed with previous sequels, Myers is here brought back to his roots as an uncontrollable stalker. Original used Samuels/Costaine's interpretation of fate, this one uses Frankenstein who must face his monster. Add to that homages to "Psycho", iconic lines of dr. Loomis and you have contender for best 90s slasher.