Unrelated review: Halloween H40
I watched it over the weekend and it was mostly underwhelming, even going in with tempered expectations. Some nice touches and call backs here and there, but it mostly seems confused about what it wants to be. They kept talking about this being a return to form to what made the original scary, yet the atmosphere and mood that largely made the original what it was are virtually absent, and it leans more towards the modern slasher vibe that it was supposedly a divergence from, complete with the same cliched tropes. Outside of Laurie, the dialogue is mostly disposable (especially the mock Tarantino conversation in the squad car), and the comedy bits littered throughout mostly fall on their face. And for trying to bring a "return to form" to the franchise, they sure did retread over a lot of familiar ground from the sequels that they were trying to retcon. Overall it misses the mark, and comes across more as a geeky homage than a proper installment, but there's enough to appease the fans (especially the soundtrack, which is the best it's been since the original. I also think it's Carpenter's only actual contribution to the movie).
I will say that the plot twist before the final act is unforgivably retarded. The character responsible had no other reason to exist beyond this awful twist and could have been removed from the movie entirely.