My second choice for day 15 of the NOFS 31-day horror challenge is Halloween Kills. I watched the previous movie last night because I hadn’t seen it in about a year and wanted to get myself refreshed on all of the changes and the goings on for the newly refreshed timeline. I’m gonna go ahead and say that I’m going to be trying something new for this review with no synopsis, but I will delve into some spoilery things so there will still be a spoiler warning when they pop up.
Halloween Kills was directed by David Gordon Green. It was written by Scott Teems, Danny McBride, and Green. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Thomas Mann, and Anthony Michael Hall. There are a few cameos from the original movie, which is pretty cool as a long-time fan of the series.
James Jude Courtney returns as a much more violent Michael Myers. His brutality has been ramped up from the previous movie, which was a much more violent Michael than from most of the other movies. The characterization that has been done in the movies in the new trilogy isn’t really that of a person but a force of nature. Sources outside of himself keep pointing him at targets rather than him being in control.
The performances from the three leads continue the examination generation trauma and how it affects each of the generations differently. That being said you don’t get to spend that much time with each of them. You get to spend the most time with Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode as she’s in the hospital recovering from her injuries sustained in the previous movie. Karen and Allyson both deal with the hysteria that takes over the town, one fighting against it while the other gives into it in a way.
Mild spoilers incoming. Maybe more than mild, but you should watch the movie either way.
Quite a few of the returning characters end up dying. I even mean that characters that return from the original movie. There’s even the return of a background couple from the previous movie, which surprised the hell outta me. You also get a flashback to 78 when Michael was captured, and you see what really happened. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Since Hawkins actually survived he’s able to tell everyone that Michael wasn’t targeting Laurie but was aimed at her by Sartain. I’m also going to mention the ending where Michael kills the mob that had beaten him down and then kills Karen, inside his sister’s bedroom. One of the biggest things about this movie is the fact that Michael used to just stare out the window of his sister’s room.
I want to talk about the changes done to Michael’s mask in the movie. There are the marks from the damage it took in the previous movie but also the burns from the house fire. There isn’t just the damage to the face part of the mask but also the hair is damaged. The practical effects also add the brutality of the kills. The stunt team also adds even more to how brutal all of the kills are. The score is once again done John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies. The score is a much slower darker score than the previous score.
Halloween Kills is a hell of a sequel. While it ends with should be the inciting incident for a larger story, which I full expect to be resolved in the next movie. With that one fault that I feel like the movie has, if you liked Halloween 2018 you’ll certainly enjoy at least parts of this one. You can watch it on Peacock and theaters. I watched it on Peacock but will also be going to see it in theaters in the next few days. I will give Halloween Kills 9 burning houses out of 10.