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Comics on the Silver Screen in 2018

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Just when you thought the whole genre was losing steam, 2018 promises some of the most epic comic book stories ever brought to film. Take a look at what’s expected in the next 12 months below. 

Black Panther  February 16, 2018
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to Wakanda where enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom.

Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018
When Thanos comes to Earth to collect stones for the Infinity Gauntlet, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him.

Deadpool 2 – May 18
Raunchy franchise returns with Cable and Domino in the mix.

The Incredibles 2 – June 15, 2018
Elastigirl fights crime while Mr. Incredible watches the kids – until the whole family (and Frozone) join forces to face a new villain.

Ant-Man & The Wasp – July 6, 2018
Tiny characters crack open Marvel’s multiverse.

Venom – October 5, 2018
Venom begins a new shared universe featuring Marvel characters where Sony possesses the film rights.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix – November 2, 2018
The twelfth installment in the X-Men film series borrows from another classic comic storyline.

Aquaman – December 21, 2018
The underwater King of Atlantis returns after chewing the scenery in Justice League.

 

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Halloween: The Classic Slasher Film Gets a Proper Sequel

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“Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”

1539919451162Michael Meyers is considered one of the elder slashers that helped catapult the sub-genre in the late 70’s and opened the door for such favorites as Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kreuger.

Much like its influences, the Halloween films have churned out eleven sequels, prequels, and I guess spin-offs, that tend to be cheap thrills on a boring night. These production companies try their best to produce cash grab after cash grab that tend to water down the legacies of the original films for the sake of forced jokes and cheap jump scares. Does this sequel, that for some reason names itself after the original movie, have anything to bring to the table?

Yes, I would say so. It feels like this movie attributes itself as a direct sequel to the first film, and totally ignores every other film in the franchise. This was a good move because this film does feel like a direct sequel – almost like it was an old movie from the 80’s recently unearthed with an aged washed-out color scheme and familiar score. It wasn’t as polished as the H20 series, but it wasn’t as grungy and delusional as the Rob Zombie films, either

The plot managed to remain simple which often is the Kryptonite for sequels and does a few callbacks to the first film without being heavy-handed about it.

Michael Meyers felt like an old man with the Director David Gordon Green giving us glimpses of his age, however he’s still very broad and menacing with little need to run after his victims. He tends to be great at sneaking and trapping his victims in inescapable corners.

“Feels like an old movie from the 80’s that was recently unearthed…”

The acting was decent, led by the talented Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode. The characters felt real and not too far-fetched for some B-movie style decision making.

Even the story was engaging, but be prepared to question how some people are oblivious when they should be on high alert that a psycho murderer is on the loose in their town. Either way, you might want to lock your doors.

Overall Grade: B

It definitely was better that the last few Halloween films and manages to provide a couple of scares and jumps.

The director made a good decision of going with a John Carpenter-style Halloween film that delivers on good old slasher film exploitation without feeling the pressures of some big-time studio exec telling him to tone it down.

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Halloween (2018)
Horror, Thriller
October 2018
Director: David Gordon Green
Blumhouse/Miramax
1 hour 46 minutes
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