Review: Halloween Kills

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A messy and unnecessary entry in the Halloween series, Halloween Kills still manages to deliver the thrills and chills in a fun and brutal outing.

Picking up where 2018’s Halloween left off, Michael Myers is (spoiler) still alive and the townspeople, including those who have survived run-ins with the serial killer in the past, have had it, launching an all-out offensive to stop him while Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) recovers in the hospital (and is sidelined for this outing). The killing is amped up in this middle entry to the new trilogy, soon to come to an end (allegedly) with the forthcoming Halloween Kills. Fans of slasher flicks will be pleased to find that the kills are aplenty here, many of them violent and crowd-pleasing. Those looking for a reason for the film to exist will be left perplexed and agitated by uninspired dialogue that is grating on the nerves. Though there are interesting themes of mob mentality and our sheepish nature flirted with, Halloween Kills quickly is overwhelmed by its own inability to balance the ridiculousness with the purpose. 

There simply is no reason for this film to exist; the story would have been better served by taking the first half of Halloween Kills and adding it to whatever is coming with Halloween Ends (likely the final showdown between Laurie and Michael). The audience is instead once gain asked to ignore previous plot points from other sequels (that would have made more sense) while subjected to half-hearted flashbacks that aren’t very interesting. Still, however, seeing Halloween Kills with a bunch of fans is a blast, the kills entertaining and frequent. I had a lot of fun, but could have done without this flaccid attempt at storytelling.

Halloween Kills hits theaters and Peacock this Friday.

Rating: 3/5

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