Halloween (1978); Many consider Psycho (1960) to be the original slasher film, and while we are inclined to agree, it was Halloween (1978) that initiated the 1980’s horror craze the decade is associated with. Michael Myers, the most iconic serial killer in cinematic history, makes his mark with Halloween (1978). He terrorizes the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, leaving behind a trail of bodies. Jamie Lee Curtis, in arguably her best role, plays Laurie Strode – a young teenager who witnesses Myers’ rampage in person. She is stellar here, in perhaps the best “final girl” performance we’ve ever seen. Accompanying her on screen is Dr. Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasence). Pleasence steals the show here, with his crazed performance as a man willing to destroy a monster. John Carpenter (one of the best horror directors ever) makes a mesmerizing film, full of tense moments, strong characters, and an unkillable villain. Carpenter’s score on the film is possibly the best and most recognizable piece of music in any medium, as it creates an environment full of dreadful suspense. Everything works – from the iconic music, shots, and characters, to the menacing monster Michael Myers. Halloween (1978) is a genre-defining classic for a reason, with its unnerving style ability to instill fear.
Halloween (2018); Since the turn of the millennium there has been an abundance of horror franchise reboots. Halloween (2018) was exactly that, a reboot for the franchise – the eleventh entry in forty years to be exact. However, the film was not only a reboot, but a sequel as well. Halloween (2018) had a story that followed up the original directly and ignored every other flick in between. Similar to Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, the plot surrounded Michael Myers’ return to haunt Laurie Strode. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role (yet again) as Strode, having mastered the character by now. With her is Andi Matichak who takes up the part of Strode’s granddaughter and the “final girl”. David Gordon Green (Director) has a clear understanding of the slasher subgenre – which keeps the watch enjoyable. Halloween (2018) is definitely a good slasher flick that keeps a malicious pace and leaves viewers yearning for more – having been reminded of what made the classics so great.
When comparing the two Halloween films, you have to be honest and stay realistic. Halloween (2018) is a really good movie – there’s no doubt about it. Although, it is a very difficult feat to top the genre-defining slasher that is Halloween (1978) – a feat the new film simply couldn’t pull off. Sure, Jamie Lee Curtis was great as Laurie Strode in 2018, but her “final girl” trope was established in 1978. The script, too, is downright scary at times (such as the ending lines) in building the original movie’s tone. Whereas the sequel has characters sounding more worried or concerned than fearful. Director David Gordon Green does well in directing. Nonetheless, John Carpenter is a horror icon because of Halloween (1978) (amongst other movies). The best reasoning as to why the much aged predecessor is better, is the story. Specifically, John Carpenter’s Halloween in 1978 was groundbreaking for the horror industry. In contrast, Halloween (2018) is a good slasher, yet a very by the books one that follows the general plot outline created by Halloween (1978). Therefore, Halloween (1978) is supreme over its sequel Halloween (2018).
Halloween (1978) – Cinemaster Score: 9.5/10
Halloween (2018) – Cinemaster Score: 8/10