Halloween Kills (2021) Review

Director: David Gordon Green

Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Scott Teems

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak

RATING: 2.5 Stars

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And the Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn’t over yet. Minutes after Laurie Strode (Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor. But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. – From IMDB

Do you remember the time when Michael Myers was just a regular, messed up guy that escaped his hospital and stabbed babysitters? At this point, it’s clear that Michael isn’t even human any more. No-one could take the amount of punishment this guy takes in this film, especially in those closing scenes, and then get up and carry on his bloody rampage. As much as I love these films and these characters, they have strayed so far from the originals, that they don’t really resemble the people the started out as.

OK, so lets suspend belief for a second and assume Michael is able to carry on his bloody rampage through Haddonfield. Top marks go to the brutality and inventiveness of some of the kills this time around. There is one involving a gun and a car door that was so dumb it was ridiculous, but other than that, the blood and gore factor has been increased ten fold, and some of these deaths are spectacular. The body count is a little ridiculous, hence the suspension of belief aspect, but yeah, gold star for the bloody stuff.

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I also thought Judy Greer was pretty great in this film, given easily the most to do of all the Strode women. She isn’t the one baying for Michaels blood, or rallying the mob. She has a much more quiet strength, and wants to help people, and try and find a more peaceful way to resolve what is going on. The chase through the hospital, which ends in tragedy, is a really impactful sequence with Greer, that really has nothing to do with Michael or Laurie at all, but it is the scene that has stuck with me since I left the cinema.

But from there we go downhill. I found the writing to be so cringeworthy, worse even than the eighties original. Most of the characters, Allyson in particular, make really rash and stupid decisions throughout, often ending tragically for other people. And the ending is just simply unbelievable. I for one will be glad to see the back of this trilogy next year and hope that that will be the end of these characters.

‘Halloween Kills’ is out in UK cinemas now!

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