The events of the film kick off as Michael is being transported from a facility where he's being studied to a more intensely restricted place. The meddling of some British podcasters doesn't bode well, and, unsurprisingly, he escapes his captors and returns to wreak havoc on Haddonfield, Illinois.
Green has stuffed this movie with homages to the original, from the simple opening credits sequence featuring a pumpkin to the recreation of certain iconic images. It's not a direct emulation of Carpenter's style, however. This is gorier, for one thing. Maybe Michael's emboldened -- or maybe we've just been desensitized after all these years of slasher-movie mayhem. Green's direction is a bit looser, and the script calls for some nervous giggles in places. Still, one plot point that arises just before the thrilling conclusion is so incredibly silly that I almost thought the movie had gone off the rails. Thankfully, Green and McBride leave the action fully in the hands of the Strode women. At one point, the crowd was cheering so loudly for Greer that it was impossible to hear Curtis deliver one of her mic-drop lines.
During the post-screening Q&A, someone in the audience asked whether Michael Myers was really dead at the end of this movie. "Eh," McBride said, extending the vowel. So maybe the shape has disappeared. Or, then again, maybe not.