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Halloween Kills

After the success that was 2018’s Halloween, director David Gordon Green follows up with its sequel Halloween Kills. Tonally more barbaric, but with a plot that is all over the place, Halloween Kills ups the action but forgets everything else that made the 2018 reboot/sequel such a hit.

Set immediately after the events of Halloween, Halloween Kills sees us quickly reunited with the Strode family (Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer & And Matichak), as the three are on their way to hospital after the near fatal events of that night. They have left Michael Myers to burn in Laurie’s stronghold, where she spent 40 years preparing for his fateful return. Meanwhile, Deputy Hawkins (Will Patton) is found after being stabbed in the neck by Myers and is also rushed to hospital. While the survivors make their way to A&E, Michael has inexplicably survived the fire and embarks on his biggest night of destruction to date.

Where Halloween (2018) was a tense slasher film that explored the Strode family dynamic, and the way one single night of terror can impact a family for generations, its sequel looks at the broader picture of how the community would be affected by the trauma of that dreadful night in 1978. David Gordon Green, alongside the films other writers Danny McBride and Scott Teems, pack a lot into Halloween Kills and it does feel like too much. The family aspect between three generations of Strodes plays out, as does Hawkins’ guilt for not finishing Myers off when he first had the chance. Alongside this, a mob take over Haddonfield and are led by another original survivor in Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall) as they vow to take down the bogeyman once and for all.

To be frank, Halloween Kills is a mess. The plot veers all over the place, and upon attempting to broaden the world set-up in 1978 and then again in 2018, it opens up so many holes and inaccuracies that you wonder how none of the films three writers spotted any of them. In attempting to tackle so many aspects; PTSD, survivors guilt, mob rule, hive mentality etc, it’s inevitable that none are given the proper time to flourish. Interesting ideas are raised, but none are explored properly and it leaves you with a distinctly unsatisfied feeling.

That’s not to say that Halloween Kills is not enjoyable though. Here, Michael Myers has never been more brutal and his Terminator-esque killing spree will fill any genre fan with glee. The inventiveness of his kills has been raised, even if it does feel more directionless here than it has in any of the other Halloween films. Still, this is the second part of a trilogy, and it very much feels as such. It’s filler, and nothing more. There is nothing lost and nothing gained and is an able placeholder until the finale – Halloween Ends (yeah right), in 2022.

3/5

Halloween Kills is in U.K. cinemas now.   

By Kieron

Film enthusiast and blogger. Will write for money.

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