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Halloween Kills (2021): A Review

Halloween Kills

Evil Comes Home And Familiar Faces Are Waiting!

Now available on Peacock and in theaters, Michael Myers comes home once again in Halloween Kills. The strode women left the man who has haunted their family for four decades in the burning wreck of Laurie’s home. The nightmare should be over, but it hasn’t even begun. After being set free from his cage due to unwitting assistance, Michael is ready to continue what he started when he escaped the Smith Grove bus, cutting a bloody path along the way. On the other end of things, his surviving victims from the 1978 massacre band together with the townsfolk to end his spree for good. But are they the saviors or just another monster?

On the surface, this sequel to the 2018 film has everything it needs to raise the stakes and tell a new, exciting story. At its heart, it’s a story about trauma and fear. The people of Haddonfield have never forgotten Myer’s first attack and they aren’t willing to let his rampage continue. The mere idea of Michael is enough to band an entire town together but also throw them into a frenzy. This is a story about what panic can do to people and how the damage that results can be as deadly as the very source of fear itself. We also follow the Strode’s in the wake of their losses, and we get a glimpse into the psyche of Michael. These together make the formula for a perfect horror slasher, yet it has a hard time capitalizing on any chance to make the ingredients sizzle. The lore of the Boogeyman is heavily emphasized to the point of near over-saturation. It feels repetitive from the earlier Halloween films, but it leaves us with a question: is he a man or something beyond that? This concept falls short when it seems his true power comes from human error. Of the many deaths in this film, the viewer may find themselves yelling at their TV screens in frustration at the poor decision-making in the face of death. It’s reminiscent of characters from 80’s horror, and it’s something we should be well past at this point in the horror genre.

On a more positive note, Halloween Kills treats us to a great set of flashbacks of Halloween (1978), which are sure to bring back some nostalgia for die-hard fans. These scenes give us some new insight into our killer that echoes into the present and allow us to look at the legendary villain in a new light. Another saving grace is the characters of this film. The strode women are very well acted. Karen and Allison are still reeling from the attack and the loss of their father and husband, while Laurie laments the life she could have had if not for her PTSD. The trauma carrying over to this film was a nice touch because we never get to see the survivors after slasher massacres.

Halloween Kills

No other victim in Halloween Kills feels like they are just there to die. Everyone on camera gets characterization that makes them more human to the audience. There’s a real sense of innocent lives being lost as well as the psychological damage suffered from the first time Michael returned home. Some actors should have been given more to work with, though. The survivors from Halloween (1978) are all good friends now and see Laurie as their savior. They were probably all in a counseling group together and bonded. If you pay attention, you can see that they view Myers in the same way, as an entity that continues to loom and something they always knew would return. You can piece this relationship together, but it wasn’t explored. This is one of several gaping plot holes. A number of things will leave you scratching your head as certain details are either lost in translation or all together unexplained, like a certain revelation at the end of the film.

Michael achieves his highest kill count in a single movie to date, with over 31 on screen kills. The whole picture from start to finish is the killer’s brutal, bloody wrath across Haddonfield. If you come for the kills, you will not be disappointed. Other than blood and gore, he also brings his usual elusive bag of tricks of catching the audience and those in his way off-guard, although to a slightly lesser degree than the previous films. The dark tone and sense of unease viewers have come to know in this film just like any other, but it takes a back seat to the bloodshed. No one is safe from his onslaught, no one.

Although Halloween Kills cannot top its predecessor, it still makes for a good slasher, bringing back plenty of things fans love about the franchise. At times it feels a bit too familiar, but we are given enough to cling onto for a new take on the legend as we head into the final installment of the trilogy. Halloween Kills gets a 2 ½ out of 5 from me. It is worth watching as a fan of the genre, but some may be disappointed by monotonous choices and repetitive story.

Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills (2021) Official Trailer

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