|Scene from Halloween (2018)|
For horror fans, there's few title sequences that capture the excitement quite like the one in John Carpenter's original Halloween. Released in 1978, it was a sight of a glowing pumpkin which felt even eerie when paired with Carpenter's unnerving score. 40 years and umpteen reboots later, the sequence opens with something a bit cheekier. The song is the same, but the pumpkin first appears flat, as if the life has been sucked out of it. Over the course of the credits, it grows, inflating with purpose that ends with a close-up on the jack-o-lantern's eye, which looks eerily like antagonist and serial killer icon Michael Meyers. It's a subtle clue to the film's desire to resuscitate a mocked franchise, and it works better than it has any right to. This is a Halloween sequel that puts aside silliness in favor of genuine horror, and it works at creating one of the most interesting slasher movies of the year. It isn't just about kills. This time, it's also personal.