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Critic Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.
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[It] faithfully adopted much of what so resonated in Carpenter's genre-creating film -- the stoic killer, the gruesome executions, the suburban nightmares -- what makes his Halloween such a thrill is how it deviates from its long-ago predecessor.
A new coat of paint, even on a storied house of horrors such as "Halloween," can do wonders.
The result is almost the Platonic ideal of a slasher-reboot -- it's fierce, it's lean, it's mean, and it has at least three first-pumping "Hell, yeah!" moments.
It's just not scary. And that's one thing you could never say about the original.
That's a great reason to remake it: Everyone's waving around a gun these days, and the idea that the survivor of the so-called "Babysitter Murders" is, 40 years later, a militia-worthy nut with murderous instincts of her own has a sad symmetry to it.
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