MOVIE REVIEW: HALLOWEEN KILLS
'Halloween Kills' is very bloody and weak.
By Sal LoCicero | October 24th, 2021
40 years after Michael Myers escaped from a mental institution and killed three people on Halloween night, Laurie Strode began training for her next encounter with Myers to kill him. Burnt alive in Laurie’s house at the end of the 2018 sequel ‘Halloween’, firefighters then run to the action, only to end up slaughtered. Tommy Doyle and the town of Haddonfield become aware of the killer and come together to stop him once and for all.
With a plot like that, you’d assume that this should be really good. The previous film did not live up to its predecessor, so hopefully ‘Halloween Kills’ will take its chance. Unfortunately, this is just another mess from David Gordon Green and Blumhouse. Filled with even more cliques than the last. There are so many character decisions that are laughably bad, and some sequences that will more likely annoy you than unsettle you.
At this point, you shouldn’t expect much from this new trilogy. After ‘Halloween (2018)’ and now this, it’s obvious now that they exist for money. Is it disappointing? Yes, but what can you do?
It does come with some good moments. There are flashback scenes that were directed and shot really well. It looked as if they shot old footage from the 1978 film. The performances were strong. Anthony Michael Hall, as Tommy Doyle, is very good. He is able to portray the character that has been scarred from Myers’s attack. Although, he is way too comparable to Laurie Strode in the last movie. How the filmmakers connected all the characters of Haddonfield together was a smart move. It depicts how small yet integrated the town is. Showing how it’s Haddonfield vs Michael Myers.
John Carpenter’s score is ominous as always and he still shows how he hasn’t lost his touch. His score adds to the more intense scenes that occur, allowing those scenes to be thriller-ish. The humor worked this time around, even though sometimes it is associated with how poorly the film is written.
Once again, the movie fails to do the one thing that made ‘Halloween’ scary, frightening the audience. The characters who try to stop Myers, come off completely useless. One person does nothing when Myers spots them, another can't shoot a gun properly, and when they go against The Boogeyman, they decide to give him a rest after they beat him down. Stupid decision like those make it hard for us to take it seriously. The original movie is scary because this ‘Boogeyman’ was unknown to the town, they had no idea what they were up against. The unknown is what creates fear.
If there is any movie that you should stream at home instead of going out to see in theaters, ‘Halloween Kills’ is that movie.