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‘Halloween’ Review: High on horror, low on emotional quotient

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New Delhi, Oct 25: Film: “Halloween”

Director: David Gordon Green

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle, Mile Robbins

Rating: **1/2 (2 and a half stars)

Scary films have always been a part of the Halloween celebrations and director David Gordon Green somehow delivers a fitting sequel to the seminal 1978 original directed by John Carpenter. But this does not match the original.

Despite the lapse of 40 years, Green continues with the atmosphere of the 70s and it has several similarities to other horror films that the narrative fails to entice.

Set after the 1978 film which is now known as the “Babysitters Murders”, the story begins with the serial killer Michael Myers in the lock up. He has not spoken a word to anyone over the years. We are introduced to him, when two journalists in the hope of extracting a serial style podcast out of the Myers’ case, walk up to him in the recreational area of the prison.

Myers is chained to a concrete block in the chessboard-patterned flooring. Visually the graphic composition is arresting. And when the journalist pulls out a scarred mask out of a bag, every psychopath in the arena goes wild. But Myers is stoic. The dramatisation of the scene is forced and this sets the tempo of the narrative.

The narrative then shifts focus to Haddonfield, Illinois, where a psychologically scarred Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) who was a survivor in the first edition, now lives in a secured house in a forested area with security gates and floodlights, thinks of little but the day Michael Myers would escape and come after her. But now she is scared not for herself but for her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).

How the three women escape Michael Myers’ clutches, forms the intrinsic part of the narrative.

The film has atmosphere and the tempo is built gradually.

Compared to John Carpenter’s classic original, the script of this film lacks heft despite the amped-up pacing, dread and gore. The plot is one-dimensional, obtuse and exceedingly violent with a few petrifying horror-scares. It even turns Michael into a very creative sadist, pulling out people’s teeth and turning them into human jack-o-lanterns. Here, he simply kills people without remorse or hesitation where as in the first edition, he did seem to have a reason or some sense of purpose.

On the performance front, Nick Castle as Michael Myers is perfunctory. With a stoic glare and mask for a visage, he ruins his chance of being credible with his gait. Now that he is 40 years older and was constantly chained, does not seem to affect his agility and reflexes.

Jamie Lee Curtis struggles to portray Laurie Strode and the fault lies with the script and production design. She is made to appear as the feisty woman ready to battle the villain, but when the moment does arrive, her attempts are like that of a novice.

Judy Greer and Andi Matichak as mother and daughter are convincing but with lack of meaningful scenes, they fail to elevate the sagging narrative.

Overall, the film will not disappoint horror fans and general audiences alike.

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Hindi Film Industry’s Heart & Soul In Mumbai, Says Association After Proposed Move To UP

Yogi Adityanath had recently unveiled an ambitious plan to set up the film city in Noida and rolled out an open offer to film fraternity to come to Uttar Pradesh.

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The Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) on Friday wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, stressing that the film industry will continue to stay in the city.

The letter comes days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath proposed an alternate film city in UP.

Adityanath had recently unveiled an ambitious plan to set up the film city in Noida and rolled out an open offer to film fraternity to come to Uttar Pradesh.

Ahead of his Mumbai visit recently, ruling Congress in Maharashtra had alleged a conspiracy to snatch away the film city to UP, and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had vowed not to allow anybody to “forcibly” take away businesses.

In a letter addressed to Thackeray, IMPPA said they were “happy to note” that the Chief Minister had “vocally and clearly stated that Maharashtra is the birth place of the film industry.”

“Mumbai is the heart of the Hindi film industry and nobody can take it anywhere because the industry consists of its people, which are producers, directors, artistes and other technicians are the ones who form the core of the industry.

“We can assure you that our members will definitely not lose out on opportunities made available to them by other states and countries but they will never shift their base,” the IMPPA said in the letter.

The film body further asserted that Mumbai is the “heart and soul” of the industry.

“It is noteworthy that Mumbai produces majority of films in Hindi language which is the one language in the country which has kept Indians all over the world connected to each other due to the entertainment and drama provided to them by Hindi films which are the main source of saluting our culture and social fabric and keeping national integrity alive and intact.

“In the present economic scenario as the lockdown pandemic continues to wreak havoc, the birthplace of Hindi cinema is gradually becoming the graveyard and we have repeatedly pleaded that necessary steps need to be taken to save the Hindi film industry,” IMPPA added.

It said that the Maharashtra government has a responsibility to ensure the film industry’s survival.

“The Hindi film industry is also a business which needs to be nurtured and looked after and hence all benefits available to other industries have to be made available to films and entertainment industry if they are going to be a sustainable and viable proposition,” the letter added.

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Kangana Ranaut reacts to legal notices against her

She had retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.

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Mumbai: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Friday reacted to legal notices piling up against her.

“Film mafia filed many cases on me, last night Javed Akhtar filed one more, Maharashtra government filing one case every hour now congress in Punjab is also joined the gang…. Lagta hai mujhe mahan banake he dum lenge (I think they will take a break only after making me great.) Thank you,” Kangana Ranaut tweeted from her verified account on Friday reacting to a news piece talking about the legal notice.

Earlier on Friday, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee sent a legal notice to Kangana, seeking an “unconditional apology” for her “derogatory” tweets against farmers and activists involved in the farmers protest against the Centre’s three Farm Laws, the committee’s president.

“We have sent a legal notice to Kangana Ranaut for her derogatory tweet calling the aged mother of a farmer as a woman available for Rs 100. Her tweets portray farmers protest as anti-national. We demand an unconditional apology from her for her insensitive remarks on farmers protest,” Manjinder Singh Sirsa, President of DSGMC tweeted.

The notice comes in the wake of a tweet from the actress alleging that the ‘Shaheen Bagh dadi’ also joined the farmers’ agitation over the new agri laws at various border points of the National Capital Region.

She had retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.

On Thursday a petition had been filed in Bombay High Court against Kangana. The petitioner seeks the suspension of the verified Twitter account of the actress for allegedly spreading hatred and disharmony.

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Bigg Boss 14: Kavita Kaushik in no mood to give explanation for stormy exit

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Mumbai, Dec 4 : Television actress Kavita Kaushik, who left the controversial reality show Bigg Boss 14 following a spat with fellow contestant Rubina Dilaik earlier this week, is in no mood to offer explanation for her behaviour.

“Dear youtubers, n those messaging n calling for interviews pls know that if I cared to give more explanations I would’ve stayed back n not walked out at will, you can go ahead n write or say anything, just if you paint me bad dont just stop at that , make me the devil. cheers!” Kavita tweeted from her verified account on Friday.

Kavita stormed out of the house during Wednesday’s episode of the show, following a fight with housemate couple Rubina Dilaik and Abhinav Shukla. Explaining her exit, Kavita had shared on Thursday: “When the players take the game as low as themselves always leave on your 1high.”

Supporting Kavita’s decision, actress Kamya Punjabi had tweeted on Thursday: “One needs lot of guts to do that… people die to be in this game n can go till any extend to win it.. u walked out of it. u have created history @Iamkavitak #KavitaKaushik #BB14 @ColorsTV.”

However, TV actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee found Kavita’s behaviour strange. Soon after Kavita’s exit, Devoleena tweeted: “Something is really wrong with #kavita.. #rubina shared personal thing as per the task.. What was she doing then?? Wasn’t it personal whatever she shared..Nobody is talking about that task but #kavita.. #BB14.”

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