Halloween Kills Review

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IMDB Synopsis

The nightmare isn’t over as unstoppable killer Michael Myers escapes from Laurie Strode’s trap to continue his ritual bloodbath. Injured and taken to the hospital, Laurie fights through the pain as she inspires residents of Haddonfield, Ill., to rise up against Myers. Taking matters into their own hands, the Strode women and other survivors form a vigilante mob to hunt down Michael and end his reign of terror once and for all.

“EVIL DIES TONIGHT!”

The Halloween franchise has gone through many different iterations since its inception in 1978. We have sequels, we have reboots, we have ret cons, and we even have a movie that has nothing to do with Michael Myers (Shoutout the bizarre Halloween III). This latest movie which is a sequel to the 2018 Halloween, which in its own was a sequel to just the original Halloween and scrapping the narrative from all the other movies (I know its confusing) kind of like what Terminator: Dark Fate did. So what we got is the second in a planned trilogy, which can take a franchise deeper and darker in a good way like Empire Strikes Back, Twin Towers, Terminator 2, Batman Returns, The Dark Knight and on and on I can go. However, This movie tries to do that and in my opinion struggles mightily with the story it wants to tell vs. trying to have the biggest body count you can have in under 2 hours.

Director David Gordon Green and co writer Danny McBride are known for comedy, and for their 2018 movie they brought that feel to the movie. That movie was based around a group of podcasters trying to get Michael Myers on their true crime podcast. This new movie however, throws all of that out the window and just says lets just kill as many people as possibly and give us 5 minutes of story to hold it together. That story, and you would not know it by the marketing, hardly even involved Laurie Strode who is the only really notable human in this entire franchise (no Michael is not a human). Basically, the story involved Anthony Michael Halls character inciting a riot from the townspeople to finally kill Michael Myers (SPOILER ALERT, they don’t). Other than that not really much happens besides a variety of Michael Myers murders.

HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021) Dir. David Gordon Green

As far as the technical elements of the movie, of course the John Carpenter score is still good, that theme is iconic and will scare you no matter what. I also thought just like the 2018 movie, everything looked really great. Unlike the plethora of bad sequels that look amateurish on some levels, these movies really bring some high level filmmaking techniques, to an otherwise (in my opinion) dying franchise. And even though maybe there were too many senseless kills, they looked great and if you are into that sort of thing, you will love this.

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Stock Neutral – Michael Myers

This guy just will not die huh?

Fear can't kill you. But... — Michael Myers in the Halloween Kills trailer

*A couple other tidbits

  • Again I just wish there was more Jamie Lee Curtis in the movie.
  • I love the old school font and opening credits, it does give you a feel of that original masterpiece.
  • The flashbacks were okay, I just never felt a true switch from past to present in the scenes.

This was semi underwhelming to be honest after the pretty good bounce back with the 2018 movie. Unlike that movie with a unique take and storyline, this took the easy route and just had Michael kill whatever he wanted. I know it is setting up for a showdown in the third movie, but if this entry does not work as a movie, then we are not going to care about what you are setting up.

Juice Rating:

*You can find my 2021 Movie Rankings here.

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