Happy Halloween internet people! It’s me Slick Dungeon and you know what one of the most fun things to do on Halloween is? Watching the latest Halloween movie. I decided to do just that and here is my take on it.
Before I get too far into the review I should warn you there are spoilers for several of the films in the Halloween franchise so if you haven’t seen them do that first. You’ve been warned.
Halloween Kills is the latest in the ongoing saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. To truly appreciate this movie you have to have seen the original Halloween film as well as Halloween Returns from 2018.
In a small town in Illinois a six year old boy killed his sister in her room. Several years later that same boy breaks out of the mental institution he is in and kills several people and attacks many more. Most of the people he targets are teenage girls who are around the age his sister was. One of those teenage girls was Laurie Strode. That night she was babysitting a little boy named Tommy Doyle and despite the true evil of Michael, Laurie survived and saved Tommy’s life.
In 2018 Michael escaped again and went straight for Laurie. But this time Laurie was prepared for him. She’d booby trapped her house, knowing this day would come. Halloween Returns covers those events but let’s just say at the end of that movie it looked like Michael might have been done for in the badass house Laurie had devised.
But you can’t keep evil down for long. That’s where Halloween Kills comes in. There were several survivors of the original incident and Michael hasn’t forgotten about them. Tommy is all grown up and has been preparing himself and the other survivors for Michael’s return.
A lot of the movie is predictable. Michael is a killing machine once again who seems utterly unstoppable. But the tension in this film is enormous. Haddonfield, the town the movie takes place in, is a near powder keg as the police have not protected the citizens and people are dying.
Much of the film is reminiscent of Halloween II in that for most of the movie Laurie is in the hospital. But unlike in that film, in this one everyone is waiting for Michael to show up. But they may be jumping at their own shadows and hunting the wrong people.
I don’t want to give too much more away other than to say if you think someone is behind you, you are right.
I won’t say this is my favorite Halloween film because I think that will always be the original but this is a really close second. The filmmakers did an excellent job of connecting the dots not just from the original movie but from the most recent one as well. I think you could even watch Halloween the original film, jump to Halloween Returns and them watch Halloween Kills and you wouldn’t miss anything from the other movies. So if you need a little Halloween movie marathon recommendation tonight, that’s mine.