This movie was a lite gem and a real treat for me! I was so excited to go see it cuz I'm a huge series fan. With only a few writing problems, this movie didn't fully clean up everything that the movie spilled out but it did close out the Halloween timeline well to me. It begins 40 yrs after the first movie and that is the only thing connecting it to the franchise. With callbacks to the other Halloween movies including on screen deaths, scenery, and dialouge that brought out nostalgia, but gave the movie it's own thing. Albeit, dumb and something from the trailers and previews, the movie's opening scene did set the pace for the suspense, tension and theme buildup throughout the whole movie. Evil Is Real. Laurie Strode was a boss and she became the hunter in this movie. Her character showed such growth compared to the scared babysitter being stalked in the first movie. I love that the production team went out of the way to keep up with continuity with the first movie since they were closing out John Carpenter's timeline here. The movie's musical theme had a guitar in it, an updated rendition of the song that I didn't mind at all. Minor things could've been changed to make this movie a 9 or 10 but I think an 8 is a good score for it because it was a solid, decently executed plot with minor derailments, good scares (not alot of jump scares (thank goodness)), great tension and suspense, an okay twist and memorable characters. I would honestly see it again in theaters for my own personal Michael Myers boner but that's just me. It was a good Halloween franchise movie and just a good movie in general for a horror genre fan to watch even if you're not familiar with the series. They make it easy by only having to go back and watch the original. I loved it! .