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|Regie:||David Gordon Green|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 106 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
40 years have passed since Michael Meyers (Nick Castle) did a bloody massacre on Halloween in the quiet town of Haddonfield. Since then, the killer has been sitting in a closed prison, from where he is now to be transferred to a high-security prison. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the only survivor of the Haddonfield murders, fears that Michael could use the transport to escape and kill her, too. She's been preparing for this day for four decades. But when it actually happens as she prophesied and the masked killer walks through town again, it soon looks as if 40 years have not been enough as preparation for the fight against the personified evil…
That his new "Halloween" movie comes to the cinemas is in view of numerous sequels and remakes of the original by John Carpenter not really something special. And yet this work is a reason for joy, especially for Carpenter fans. Director David Gordon Green and his co-writer Danny McBride have decided to ignore all the parts shot after the first film and to shoot a direct sequel to the original, which takes place exactly forty years after the events in Carpenter's Slasher classic. Not exactly: You managed to get the master on board yourself. He approved their story, produced the film and - a real reason to cheer - also composed the music.
Jamie Lee Curtis could also be persuaded to repeat her role as Laurie Strode once again, as could Nick Castle, who at the age of 70 has once again put on the mask of Michael Meyer. This sequel is also otherwise full of little allusions to the original - for example actress P.J. Soles, who played Laurie's girlfriend, appears briefly as a teacher - as well as to the other films. But the film doesn't only live from playing with nostalgia, of course, but also from a very classic slasher production, which consciously decides against excessive brutality in the style of "SAW" and Co. and instead focuses on the elements, which Carpenter so masterfully used forty years ago.
This may not always work. But overall David Gordon Green has staged a really good horror movie, which can convince both as a homage to one of the greatest representatives of the subject, and as a sequel to a classic. An old-fashioned movie in the best sense of the word, that proves that sometimes even old brooms can sweep really well. In view of the great success in the USA one can be curious whether this will really be, as John Carpenter has said several times, the last "Halloween" movie (at least with the character Michael Meyer). After all, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride already have an idea how they could tell the story. Absolutely worth seeing!
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