If 2018’s Halloween centered on the Strode family, Halloween Kills is about Haddonfield and Michael Meyers. Despite many critics accusing this film of being “The Caddyshack 2” of sequels, I actually liked it quite a bit. Its a sequel that plays out more like “Empire Strikes Back” than anything else. More on that later.
Halloween Kills really plays up the fan service here with a slew of callbacks, returns of classic characters, and we even see a return to the original film’s ending where in this franchise new timeline, Michael is apprehended by the police and we even get to see Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) briefly.
The film sidelines the Strodes for much of it. Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie, who suffered a gut stabbing in the Halloween 2018 film is bedridden here so I can understand some viewers’ frustrations with that. But this switches the spotlight to the Haddonfield residents who take up arms against Michael in almost a cancel culture mob-like way.
Anthony Michael Hall joins the Halloween franchise in Halloween Kills as Tommy Doyle, one of the kids Laurie babysat in the first movie. Kyle Richards also returns to the Halloween universe as Lindsey Wallace, one of the kids Laurie babysat as well. Another actress from the original Halloween who is coming back in Halloween Kills is Nancy Stephens, who reprises her role as Marion Chambers, the nurse who was driving Loomis to Smith’s Grove when Michael Myers escaped in 1978. Charles Cyphers as Sheriff Leigh Brackett also returns here and even utters his classic line from the original Halloween films towards the end of this film.
The film is largely centered around them and a group of cannon fodder, er, town folk, who mindless chant and stalk Michael through the town, even mistaking an escaped mental patient for Michael at one point.
The film hunting down Michael through the streets is almost like how a neighborhood of people in real life tracked down serial killer Richard Ramirez, The Night Stalker, jumped him, and beat the living hell out of him before he got arrested. The same thing sort of happens here. The town sets a trap for Michael and the mob just starts piling on by hitting him, shooting him, stabbing him until he is just a bloody puddle in the street. However, this is where the film takes a BIG swerve and surprised even me.
Throughout the film, Laurie spoke about how Michael feeds off the town’s fear and it somehow even strengthens him. Which makes a little sense because Michael goes through a group of first responders like nothing and kills townfolk with superhuman strength. So when he revives himself in the middle of the street and butchers the mob, it seemingly confirms that Michael is somewhat supernatural? Then again, the film’s writer/director David Gordon Green does insist Michael is NOT supernatural but instead divulged all will be revealed in the next film, “Halloween Ends.”
In closing, I can see why people had issues with the film’s ending and the big swerve of Michael at the end, but I still enjoyed it. Like I said at the start of this review, this is an “Empire Strikes Back” kind of film in the trilogy where the antagonist regroups and gets a measure of revenge against our protagonists. Michael has some truly magnificent kills here like the first responder massacre; the human knife holder; the gun meets car door death, and of course the mob bloodbath.
This is probably the bloodiest Halloween film of all the Halloween films and I was here for it.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience recommends checking out “Halloween Kills” playing in theaters now and streaming on Peacock.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience liked the twist ending of Halloween Kills.