Halloween Kills Review – The Boogeyman Strikes Back

Halloween Kills

Who knew that the comedic team of Danny McBride and David Gordon Green would be the saviors of the Halloween franchise? Yet, it’s becoming increasingly clear that comedians can create exceptional horror movies. We found that out with Jordan Peele (Get Out) and John Krasinski (A Quiet Place). Thankfully, that trend continues with Halloween Kills, the sequel to 2018’s Halloween

Halloween Kills starts minutes after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left the evil Michael Myers to die burning in Laurie’s basement. However, evil is hard to kill as Michael manages to escape from Laurie’s trap, perhaps more pissed off than ever. Now, it’s up to the citizens of Haddonfield plus the Strode women to rise up and take down Michael.

This time around, Halloween Kills delve deeper into John Carpenter’s classic 1978 film. Not only does Kills bring back a whole array of notable legacy characters, but it also adds to the lore by displaying key scenes from Carpenter’s original film from a different perspective. All of it helps illustrate the pain and suffering deep within Haddonfield caused by Michael Myers all those years ago.

There’s a particularly tense scene in the film, which reminds audiences of how quickly humans can turn into vicious monsters. So, it’s interesting to see the similarities in Halloween Kills between the monstrous enigma that is Michael Myers and the inner beasts that live in each of us. Not to mention, the sequel does more than reach deeper into the 1978 film. Halloween Kills also does a great job of integrating unfinished storylines from the 2018 flick. Continuing storylines like Cameron Elam (Dylan Arnold), who makes a big comeback in Halloween Kills and becomes a crucial part of the ensemble. Marcus (Michael Smallwood) and Vanessa (Carmela McNeal), who make an extremely brief appearance on Halloween have a bigger role in this film. 

Halloween Kills does a fantastic job building on the past, building on the present, and setting up for an exciting conclusion.

However, for those that were wondering, yes, Halloween Kills is bloody, brutal, and most of all, dark. It follows the path of the middle films in a trilogy since Kills is thematically darker than the ’78 and ’18 flicks. Michael Myers performs non-stop brutal executions and shows the town of Haddonfield why they should be scared of him. David Gordon Green doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the movie’s violence. For the queasy, it can be hard to watch. However, the gratuitous violence serves as a reminder of the path of pain that he inflicts on the town. As the film progresses and the body count rises, the stakes grow bigger. Thus, the fate of our heroes hangs in the balance. Michael is not messing around this time.

Jamie Lee Curtis will forever be the greatest “final girl” of them all. With Halloween Kills, she once again showcases the immense strength and determination that Laurie Strode possesses. At the same time, the addition of Anthony Michael Hall is a great one. Although he gives a hammy performance as Tommy Doyle, it somehow fits with the character. Yet, the biggest key to Halloween Kills is Judy Greer. Her storyline brings a lot of heart and sanity to the film, which there is not a lot of. Unfortunately, the only character that needed more fleshing out is Allyson. Whether they’re saving her arc for Halloween Ends remains to be seen, but she doesn’t seem to be as interesting of a character this time around.

Overall, Halloween Kills does a fantastic job building on the past, building on the present, and setting up for an exciting conclusion. It took a very long time, but the Halloween franchise has finally returned to form and proved that Halloween wasn’t a fluke. It’s not a perfect film, it’s a fairly messy flick. Hopefully, Halloween Ends successfully completes the Laurie Strode saga, but after Halloween Kills, we’re expecting big things.

Rating: 4/5 atoms

Halloween Kills hits theaters and Peacock on October 15th.

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