The horror film “Halloween” exploded into theaters everywhere in 1978 during the timely release of slasher films. The genre was already popular, but it created a whole new fan base in the cinema world.
The film is about a child, Michael Myers, who murders his sister at the young age of six. His bloody rampage continues through multiple escapes from institutions he was put in. Myers had no preference in who he killed but became hell-bent on targeting his other sister, Laurie Strode.
The series eventually breaks off into nine other films that branch off from the original movie. Some were more successful than others, but eventually lead to the tenth installment, “Halloween (2018)” that released Thursday, Oct. 18.
Terrace Theater of James Island hosted a special midnight viewing for the latest installment. Tickets sold out days in advance for the premier and the theaters were jam-packed.
The movie began with two journalists visiting Michael Myers in his latest imprisonment, filmed in Charleston’s very own Citadel Military school.
It was an eerie scene that set a very supernatural tone for a film that was mostly gory. The feeling eventually swept over into the audience’s first look into 2018 Laurie Strode. She is now a grandmother and living in a fortress of security.
Laurie Strode, portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis, gives insight that this movie may give women, even older women, a better representation of strength instead of weakness. The audience sees that there is a damaged woman who lived through hell and back, but she remains strong.
As usual, there is a plot steeped with family drama, hot babysitters trying to hook up with boyfriends and the candy seeking adventures of Halloween night. The drama is quickly overshadowed by the realization that Michael Myers has yet again escaped from the prison bus escorting him to a maximum security institution.
Yet again, the murderous calculations of Myers continue through the town that Laurie Strode and her family live in.
Strode has waited for the day that she has to once again face her brother, but this time she is more prepared. She knew that Myers coming back for her was inevitable, but she wanted to take the lead now. She wanted to go after him.
Strode trained her daughter since birth to protect herself in a world that is as dangerous as the one they live in. Throughout the movie, she does not seem very thankful, but is able to stand by her daughter and protect her through the skills she was forced to learn through her mother’s supposed paranoia.
The movie ends with a mother, a daughter and a granddaughter who were forced through gut-wrenching loss and a fight to stay alive. The three women were able to stay strong and make it out somewhat alive, contributing to the perspective that it was a feminist movie.
Some have said that the movie was not scary enough or did not have enough jump scares. It is easily forgotten that the scariest part of this series is the fact that Michael Myers is a thing of evil and that he may never die. Laurie Strode and her family will forever have the curse of knowing that they may never be safe and that their loved ones won’t either.