Editor's column: I've been waiting for Halloween
I have been waiting 40 years for a sequel, if you will, to one of my all-time favorite movies.
Halloween 2018 opened in theaters across the country on Friday, Oct. 19. The first movie opened in 1978. I am a huge fan. I think it's one of the best horror movies of all time. Some of my coworkers may say I have an unnatural obsession with this movie. My younger sister would say I am fascinated with the movie because it scared me so much I wouldn't sleep in my bedroom, which was on the second floor of an addition to our house, for two months. I just to add the bedroom was off by itself. All by itself.
The main character is not some dippy girl who continuously opens doors she shouldn't open or decides it would be fun to build a campfire in one of the most haunted, creepy, campgrounds in the entire U.S. (think Friday the 13th.)
The original Halloween has very little blood and gore. And the characters, most of whom are killed by Michael Myers, aren't spending the night in a known haunted house or out exploring for ghosts, witches or other spooky things. In short, they aren't tempting the fates.
Instead, the plot is mostly believable. I say mostly because we do have many Halloween movies that followed the first one in which Michael Myers survives.
And honestly, I love a good scare. I love the suspense. I love to see things pop out from the corner. And later, I will sit and think about how a horror movie reflects society and issues from today. I wrote a college paper once about director Alfred Hitchcock's punishment of women, particularly blondes, but I digress. Hint, I will probably digress later in this column. So, in short, horror movies make me think.
Twenty years ago, Hollywood made a movie called Halloween H20 which starred Jamie Lee Curtis, the original Laurie Strode character in the first Halloween. The movie did a decent job of showing how a character who was stalked by a killer may feel 20 years later, but it wasn't completely satisfying. I had hoped for something more like the original John Carpenter version.
I haven't read much about this version. I've limited myself to watching only one brief teaser in which Curtis, as Strode, is firing a gun into a target out in the woods. I won't watch the previews in the theater and won't watch any trailers online. I usually read movie reviews in our New Yorker magazine, but I didn't read the review of Halloween. And I've loved New Yorker reviews since Pauline Kael wrote them, but I digress.
I'm not sure I will watch the movie this weekend. I do hope to watch it twice in Morris. Once won't be enough.