To start off, I love the original Halloween movie, the second one was OK, the third one was crazy, but watchable. The rest of them have all amalgamated as one big “Michael Myers kills everyone” thing in my head, I’m not sure I have seen the Rob Zombie ones, if I have, I don’t remember them at all. I know it is a cliché to say, but I love the original and don’t really like any of the following movies. So here is my review of Halloween Kills.
I have seen Halloween 2018, I couldn’t tell you much about it, I laughed at a kill in a public toilet and there was a fire at the end…that’s all the movie was to me. I know some say it was one of the better versions, but I didn’t rate it.
Going into Halloween Kills, my expectations were low. It’s the same cast and crew from the last one, so I’m not going to bother with those details.
Overall, the movie was better than expected. It is a well-made movie and the cast is good. Some of the photography was great and the kills work well, however, the overall writing and backbone of the movie let it down.
I’m not going into too much spoiler territory to say the story is set right after the fire, Laurie and her family are headed to the hospital and firefighters are on the way to the house. Laurie is screaming to let him just burn.
*Spoilers From Here On In*
This was my first letdown. I’ve always had the impression that Michael was just a masked killer, but not anymore. He is now some kind of superhuman, since he can not only survive the heat of a house fire with his fireproof rubber mask and not be affected by smoke fumes. In one of the previous movies they may have explained that he is now ‘super’, but this for me took the edge off.
Now that the new trilogy has explained he is superhuman, it does make him scarier, since it seems he cannot be killed. But also means that he is now going to go on forever? This is the twelfth Halloween movie, another one is on the way… and as long as there are the diehard fans out there it just won’t stop!
Anyways, as the firefighters tackle the blaze Michael kills one of them and then steps out of the house. I lol’d! This scene was pretty stupid, but when one of the firefighters starts up a rotary cutting tool I properly lol’d! What follows is Michael taking out the firefighters one at a time. It was hilariously stupid.
We then cut to a bar, where Tommy, one of the survivors from one of the other movies, is telling everyone about how Michael is bad. The rest of the movie follows Tommy as he gets people to form mobs to kill Michael… Evil dies tonight! He basically drives around and chats to random people. I again lol’d when he is talking to a group of strangers and says something along the lines of:
“We’re going to kill Michael Myers. We’re going to surprise him. If he comes in one way, BAM! We pop up somewhere else!”
The script in this movie was painful to listen to at times. I did have the worry that it was by Danny McBride and, as I said, my expectations were low but I didn’t think they would get as bad as some of it was.
There is a theme of mob justice throughout the entire movie, mostly lead by Tommy. There is a whole moment where they think they have Michael cornered and lead a mob to kill him, only to find out it isn’t Michael and an innocent person dies. This whole scene was supposed to show how misinformation can cost lives, but it’s done in such an obvious way, I just lol’d again and rolled my eyes. We know that misinformation is bad, most of us have Facebook accounts.
The expression ‘Evil dies tonight!’ is heard a LOT throughout the movie. I got the impression that the script needed 2,000 words and they only had 1,800, so they finished the last few pages off with just copy and pasting ‘Evil dies tonight’ to get the word count up.
Some of the kills are pretty decent, but they are a mixed bag. Some are good, some aren’t. In fact I have seen better kills in a 70’s zombie movie with Tom Savini doing the makeup.
Michael gets out of the fire and into a house across the road. He kills the couple there, but I didn’t quite understand why he took the time to repeatedly stab the husband but left the wife to just bleed out?
Talking of the killings, I also didn’t understand why he would return to a few of the kills and then re-arrange the bodies. There was zero reason to do this, unless he’s really into Feng Shui or he does this to make a nice set up for when other people find the bodies?
The cast in this was pretty good, but I felt that Jamie Lee-Curtis was kind of put to the side. For the first act she’s asleep in a bed, the second act she doesn’t really do much and then in the third act she gives an empowering speech. They spent so much time reminding you about the other cast members from the past, I thought she would have had more to do.
The end of Halloween Kills was just silly. Obviously, this movie is the middle section of a trilogy and then they build up to a ‘Michael is going to die’ moment. However, you know that Michael is now unkillable, so you know there’s no real sense of threat. When Michael does get up and start killing everyone, I just lol’d again at how silly it was.
*End Of Spoilers*
As I have said, the Halloween Kills is well made, but all they do is tug on the nostalgia strings and remind you of the original movies… well, not the third one or the Rob Zombies ones. I felt because they were so focused on the nostalgia and killings, they just didn’t focus on much else. The script in places was laughable and the constant cry of ‘Evil dies tonight’ just got annoying.
Since I recall very little of the last one (or most of them since the third one), I didn’t really have much interest in the characters. Everyone just seemed to be running around trying to kill Michael. I’m probably not the best person to review the movie period, I’m not a fan of drawn-out sequels, and these new movies offer nothing new to watch. I predicted that this new movie was going to be straightforward and Michael runs around killing people and survives at the end. I was right. Halloween Kills, literally. There is a commentary about mob justice, but it’s shoehorned in and obvious.
There’s nothing new, nothing of a surprise, it’s just another Halloween movie, in a long list of other Halloween movies.
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