Jake’s review published on Letterboxd:
The fact that this movie has a different editor (who has mostly worked on cheap Blumhouse movies) than the first film is far from its only issue, but it is a perfect microcosm as to why it doesn’t work nearly as well.
Knocked down a half star because I didn’t have the theatrical experience to buoy this very VERY bad script. Nor was I sitting next to the love of my life this go around. Turns out context does very much matter when it comes to cheap slashers, perhaps even moreso than most other movies.
Nothing is worse than a slasher movie that’s convinced it’s very important. It is within a genre that finds a lot of its meaning mostly in subtext rather than blunt, very very repetitive, very very uninteresting text. Halloween does not need to be this goddamn conceited about itself. It’s fucking obnoxious. Trying to psychoanalyze Michael Myers is like trying to use the DSM-5 on the shark from Jaws. I do not give a fuck about his own interiority, and frankly neither should you. He doesn’t have thoughts, opinions, or feelings! He just likes murdering people! It’s his sole trait as a presence!
At the same time, I do find it hilarious that a lot of the people who truly loathe these newer movies also happen to love Zombie’s Halloween 2, and all seem to HATE it when movies are About™️ Trauma™️- and frankly, they need to sit down. As far as I’m concerned, I see very little difference between that movie and this one in terms of thematic depth, or rather, lack-thereof.