Myers is on the loose again, returns to Haddonfield to look for his young niece. Dr. Loomis trails after him, what else, babbling about evil incarnate to anyone who will listen. It is not radically different to the original, in plot or tone. It is simply a mediocre sequel, not outright bad.
Two observations. I love the original not because of any mask, or plot, or kills; I do because of its sense of fluid reality, it perfectly captures the impression that you can just walk out the door and in every direction there’s going to be actual life to explore - the sleepy neighborhood with living-rooms dimly lit by TV, kids dashing by, dogs barking in the distance.
Few films achieve this. Off-hand, I recall Bladerunner. Carpenter himself never managed a second time.
Filmmakers are trying to recapture the tone here, but you can sense it slipping away - the focus shifts to a siege scenario, probably thinking they’re keeping within Carpenter’s legacy.
And a second reason when it came to actual horror, was Carpenter orchestrating a superb choreography between camera and knife - something akin to a Bausch dance. This also deteriorates to much more typical slasher kills here.
A move that seems smart to me is that Myers’ mask has become so iconic, random people are wearing it on the street. There were so many directions to take this, if we judge by the Scream franchise, that it actually works in the film’s favor that this is not pursued any further. It simply happens - evil is spilling out, because deep down we crave being part of a Halloween scenario.
Which makes the supernatural aspects of an ubiquitous -indestructible- evil more or less redundant. I hear in later Halloween entries this is brought much more to the fore.