With the excellent news that Halloween has surpassed $200m at the worldwide box office it feels were in safe territory to talk about the most polarising character of the new sequel – Dr Sartain.
Laurie Strode states when first meeting the doctor, following The Shape’s neighbourhood massacre,
“So you’re the new Loomis.”
Well not quite.
Dr Sartain has been Michael Myers’ doctor at the Smith’s Grove Sanitarium since campaigning for it following the death of Dr. Loomis, his former tutor.
There is a bridge here between original and the sequel but the more we find out about Dr. Sartain the more he feels an unncesssary part of Halloween.
In the novelisation of the film we find out how Sartain has studied Michael Myers, including leaving cats in his room overnight to gage his reaction, which as you can guess is nothing.
Sartain describes Michael liked a caged wild animal and it’s alluded to but never confirmed that the not-so-good doctor instigated the bus crash which let Myers escape.
Then we come to the most polarising plot thread of the film, which for five minutes completely derailed the plot before rounding things off shiftly.
Yes when Sartain turns on Deputy Hawkins after he drives into Michael on the street, although this offers an alternative to Loomis’ slightly deranged but ultimately good intentions to stop Michael it feels really poorly handled.
It does feel like David Gordon Green was backed into a corner of how to get Michael Myers to Laurie’s house and have it feel organic. But I must admit to almost laughing out loud when Dr Sartain emerges in front of the car wearing The Shape’s mask.
Admittedly the fascination with what drives Michael is an on-going theme throughout from the opening scene in the asylum with the podcasters right up until this point.
The issue is having Michael cause so much destruction to get back to Haddonfield and get the mask back on, it felt rather cheap that Sartain’s vanity and fascination derail the mythos in one foul swoop.
Ultimately this plot thread which hints at a Thorn-like drive for Michael briefly is employed before being stomped out, if you will.
Would it have been easier for Sartain to threaten Hawkins into driving Myers to Laurie’s and let the Shape do the rest?
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Halloween (2018) is still in cinemas.