Just watched Halloween (2018) on UK TV which both attempts to relaunch the Halloween franchise (which it succeeded at since it led to Halloween Kills which is in cinemas now) plus it is a direct sequel to the very first Halloween (1978). It ignores all the other sequels and remakes.
Initially the film follows a tedious and unlikely pair of British internet journalists. Pretty early on Michael escapes from captivity and begins killing people.
It’s a standard Slasher film which regularly acknowledges the 1978 film including the 40 year passage of time. It’s entertaining enough if you like these sort of films. I used to when I was younger. But as with all these films the (61 year old) killer is invincible surviving being shot, stabbed, hit by iron bars and a car… After 40 years I am losing interest. The film has nothing new or special to add to the genre.
I’ve read the finished film was edited down from a longer initial version. That might explain the jarring scene where Jamie Lee Curtis, who spends most of the film completely disciplined and devoting herself to preparing for a showdown with Michael - similar to the set up for the film Terminator 2, arrives at a family meal and grabs a glass of wine and next breaks down in tears. Alcoholic on the verge of a nervous breakdown? Only in that one scene.
Anyway. It’s a serviceable Slasher Film but nowhere near as iconic as the original.