By Thomas Puhr
Despite David Gordon Green’s considerable skills behind the camera and John Carpenter’s stamp of approval, Halloween (2018) cannot escape the clutches of fan service (multiple lines and shots are directly lifted from the 1978 classic). Ironically, the film is most successful during its comedic scenes; cowriter Danny McBride’s touch can be felt in much of the dialogue, especially during a vulgar rat-a-tat between a teenage girl and the little boy she is babysitting. Such moments are more than welcome. After all, Carpenter’s original has its fair share of strange humor. Green and McBride forgot one crucial element, though: genuine scares.