Halloween promo poster showing Mike Myers in front of a burning building
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Is “Halloween Kills” worth watching? It was a below-average slasher film that was substantially worse than the (2018) “Halloween” movie. I did not personally enjoy it whatsoever. Here is why. 

The film immediately takes place after the conclusion of “Halloween” (2018), still 40 years after the original “Halloween” (1978). For some reason, they still share the same name, just different years (makes sense, right?) Famous final girl Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is rushed to the hospital in need of surgery for her stab wound. Laurie’s daughter, Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak), “shockingly” discover that the boogeyman, Michael Myers, is back.

Quickly starting off his bloody massacre, Michael casually kills a group of firemen attempting to diffuse the raging fire on Laurie’s home, doing so, lets him escape his death. This scene had very good cinematography and kept my hopes high for future scenes. That hope quickly died. But that one firefighter literally hosing down Michael as if he was going to go flying backward, made me laugh. Not long later, Karen and Allyson find out about Michael’s escape. They decide not to tell Laurie until proven. Laurie makes it out of surgery and becomes stable, thinking the nightmare is over.

Considering the fact that the film is not ashamed at all of being far-fetched and unrealistic, (which usually isn’t a problem, especially for horror films), the way they produced the story seemed lazy and unmemorable. It is a well-known fact that people in horror films make the dumbest decisions that get them killed. All. The. Time. But, it was almost painful to watch the thought process of these characters.

The most logical thing said by any of them was what Karen says when speaking to Allyson after she finds out Michael survived. Allyson wants to go out with a group of civilians to seek vengeance for her recently deceased father. This group includes her “ex-boyfriend” (who cheated on her… but we just have to forget about that part).

 Karen says to her, “We set a trap, we set the whole thing on fire and he lived through it, you think you’re the one that’s going to find him?”

I mean, is she wrong? Even if she were to find him (spoiler alert: she does, because you know, main character stuff), is she going to be able to kill him? No.

A big focal point to the horrible plot is discovered after Laurie speaks to Officer Hawkins about the original killings 40 years ago. The flashback shows Hawkins “sparing” Michael’s life all that time ago. You know, he has a conscience, I guess. I say “sparing” because it’s Michael freaking Myers: a gunshot wound to the head wouldn’t even be a severe migraine to him. Back to what I was saying. Hawkins, now harboring guilt for not ending Michael’s rampage when he had the chance, blames himself. 

But let’s not forget about the other unimportant survivors with their own flashbacks. All were simply brought back into the franchise just to be killed thoughtlessly. One character, in particular, does play a big role throughout the movie. Tommy Doyle (Anthony Micheal Hall) was the little boy Laurie was babysitting in the original “Halloween” movie. Still holding onto the trauma caused by that night, he recruits civilians to gather together and put an end to Michael’s massacre. Ultimately, this is what gets everyone killed. 

All of these extra scenes usually would not be a big deal to have in an average horror film trying to deepen its plot. In this case, however, it took too much time away from the killing sequences that everyone goes to watch these movies for. What was the point of all of this extra background information for the plot? There is no point; it serves no purpose. And although the movie does portray many themes in general, let’s be honest: nobody cares about them. People go to watch the “Halloween” films for the bloody cinematography and the UNFINISHED BUSINESS BETWEEN LAURIE AND MICHAEL. (Sorry, I don’t mean to yell). And, I will say “Halloween Kills” was not nearly as gory as the 2018 cut. I’m not a psycho or anything, but the kills were much duller and simply not as good.

Also, you can’t forget their famous chant, “Evil dies tonight!” I THINK this phrase is supposed to represent one of the themes in “Halloween,” Using common sense after watching many separate scenes. Director, David Gordon Green, tries to portray the idea that evil lives within all of us, and even good people can do bad things. This chant is so beyond cheesy for a modern horror film, it made me cringe every time. 

The main take of this franchise is the events that took place between Laurie and Michael. The impression that was given was that Michael wanted to kill Laurie Strode, the girl that escaped him. But, that is not the case whatsoever. As explained little by little, Micheal does not care about Laurie or any of the survivors at all. This wasn’t even a good plot twist, it was just a disappointment.

It may be an overused trope: “the final girl, the last person alive to confront the killer” and the “the killer kills everyone and especially wants to kill the final girl,” but it’s a good trope to use in this case. Come on; in the ’80s, everyone used this trope. I know by watching the original “Halloween” it may not have looked like they were using this trope, but, in the 2018 sequel, that’s how they advertised the plot. And even then, everyone liked the direction they were taking for the new “Halloween” franchise. Perhaps, directors believe this plot no longer works in our modern-day times. But, why reboot an old classic everyone loved on its own then? Our modern film may be growing and evolving, but when sticking to classics, if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.  

If “Halloween” was some random slasher film and wasn’t one of the most famous horror movies in the horror industry, I wouldn’t have cared that Michael had no motive in the end. But that’s not the case.

In the final scene, a “subtle” hint from Laurie suggests that Michael will (unfortunately) be back next Halloween to continue fulfilling his purpose. Which is, drum roll please: Killing people, yeah…

Final Thoughts

  1. You should watch the movie to fully understand the hatred I have for it. 
  2. I may have had too high of hopes for this movie going into it when I shouldn’t have. But, I don’t care. 
  3. Big John and Little John were the best character’s in the entire franchise. 
  4. I will not understand why David Gordon Green made two, (soon to be three in 2022) “Halloween” sequels.
  5. These movies would have been better if John Carpenter had full control over the production.
  6. I have yet to see a new director make a sequel that even compares to an original director’s horror film. 
  7. I didn’t like this movie.

Let me know your thoughts and opinions, please and thank you. 

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