Five Reasons You’ll Love It - October 18, 2018

Halloween - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Halloween - Five Reasons You'll Love It

Horror boasts many huge franchises, The Conjuring, Friday The 13th, Hellraiser, Scream, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the list goes on and on. But nothing comes close to Halloween. 

Originally released in 1978, the film told the story of Michael Myers, a psychopathic killer who murdered his sister on Halloween night 1963. 15 years later, he escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

As he goes on his rampage, Myers is chased by his former psychiatrist, Samuel Loomis, who wants to stop him before he can murder teenage girl Laurie Strode and her friends as they babysit.

Jamie Lee Curtis made her film debut in the movie, starring alongside Donald Pleasance, who played Loomis. Legendary horror man John Carpenter was in the director's chair. 

In this new reboot, Curtis’s Laurie Strode comes home for her final confrontation with Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night all those years ago.

David Gordon Green, director of Stronger, directs and co-writes with Danny McBride, while Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner and Nick Castle co-star alongside Curtis.

A reboot in the most literal sense of the word, this movie disregards all previous instalments in the franchise, with the exception of the 1978 original.

It arrives in cinemas today (October 19th) and is available to pre-order now on DVD, Blur-Ray and a Steelbook, exclusive to hmv, here in hmv's online store. 

But, before all that, we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...

 

It's scary as hell...

We'll give nothing away, but Gordon Green and McBride have conjured up some incredible setpieces and more jump scares than you can count...

 

It's lean and mean...

At 106 minutes, this movie doesn't outstay its welcome. Gordon Green and McBride skillfully manage to get Myers out of prison and onto the streets quickly and skillfully. Then it's all go until the very end. 

 

It doesn't take itself too seriously...

Like all good horrors, there's plenty of laughs and slapstick set pieces, so you'll find yourself laughing as well as being scared out of your wits. Mostly scared though...

 

Jamie Lee Curtis leads the way superbly...

Haunted by the experience 40 years earlier, Curtis's Laurie Strode has used the years inbetween to become a gun-toting survival expert and she's intent on having the last laugh.

That not only makes for a much more entertaining film, but also means she spends the runtime on the front foot, rather than cowering in fear...

 

John Carpenter's soundtrack adds a whole extra dimension...

Carpenter has provided the score along with son Cody and offers a trademark creepy array of electronica to perfectly compliment Gordon Green's film. 

 

Halloween is out now in cinemas and available now on DVD, Blur-Ray and a Steelbook, exclusive to hmv, here in hmv's online store. 

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