Is The 'Halloween' Sequel As Scary As The 1978 Original? Here's What Critics Have To Say

The 2018 version totally ignores what happened in the previous sequels and reboots.

Like its seemingly unkillable protagonist, the Halloween series just can't quite stay dead

The Shape in the 1978 classic slasher 'Halloween'.

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Since John Carpenter's classic slasher feature debuted in 1978, Halloween has spawned seven laughable sequels (plus two if you count the forgettable 2007 reboot), leading many to wonder if Michael Myers could ever become scary again.

Now, on his 40th birthday, the masked murderer affectionally known as The Shape, is about to receive his best birthday gift yet in the form of Halloween, a highly anticipated follow-up that ignores the continuity of its previous sequels.

The Shape in the 2018 sequel 'Halloween'.

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What do the critics say?

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Top 10 rankings of popular horror movies based on average scores from Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and IMDb:

1. Get Out - 87

2. Hereditary - 86

3. A Quiet Place - 85

4. Train to Busan - 81

5. Halloween - 77

6. Don't Breathe - 77

7. It - 76

8. The Conjuring - 76

9. The Conjuring 2 - 73

10. Annabelle: Creation - 66

See it or skip it?

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Fans who are anxious to see if Halloween can successfully revive a fallen franchise can breathe a huge sigh of relief. Evil has returned home... and it's good!

Jamie Lee Curtis, who reprises her role as iconic final girl Laurie Strode, has garnered acclaim for her powerhouse performance. The humour and emotional beats have also drawn praise, though some have remarked that it might actually be "too funny".

By the looks of it, Halloween delivers exactly what horror fans want from a slasher movie and then some, with just enough sprinkles of levity to perhaps balance out the gore and scares.

'Halloween' is slashing its way into cinemas nationwide on 25 October 2018

This article was originally published on Popcorn

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