Review: Halloween Kills

Alan Acosta, Photography Manager

Back in October of 2018, Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures released HALLOWEEN to positive acclaim, with the film considered both a box-office and critical success. Directed by David Gordon Green, the film served as a soft-reboot of the franchise, directly following the 1978 original film, 40 years later. Now, after a year delay due to COVID-19, HALLOWEEN KILLS was released in theaters this October 15 – simultaneously streaming on Peacock. The sequel has grossed over $115 million worldwide, though it received mixed reviews from critics this time around.

The film directly follows up from the events of 2018, with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) reeling from the aftermath of Michael Myers’ murderous return. Surviving his apparent defeat, the Strode women rally their town of Haddonfield to fend off Michael (James Jude Courtney/Nick Castle) as he continues his ravage killing spree.

Taking somewhat of a pause from the previous story-driven narrative, HALLOWEEN KILLS reminisces in its slasher film roots and lets Michael Myers run wild with inventive kills. Although it may feel lacking for some, horror fans can find thrilling, memorable moments throughout this gruesome flick. Being the second part of a trilogy, moviegoers of the franchise can expect its finale next October 2022, with HALLOWEEN ENDS. As for now, HALLOWEEN KILLS certainly lives up to its name.

RATING: 3.7/5 Stars

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