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‘Halloween Kills is a disappointing gore-fest with very little fun’

David Gordon Green directs Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer and Andi Matichak once again in the new slasher sequel Halloween Kills

‘Halloween Kills is a disappointing gore-fest with very little fun’

Halloween Kills

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“Evil ends tonight”.

Get used to hearing this a lot in the new entry into the Halloween franchise.

Whereas the 2018 sequel felt like a timely examination of a woman suffering from the lingering trauma of violence at the hands of a man and also gave a great showcase for Jamie Lee Curtis in the role of Laurie Strode, its follow-up from returning director David Gordon Green feels like a repetitive and unnecessary retread.

Halloween Kills immediately follows the events of its predecessor and a wounded Laurie leaves behind her burning home with daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) after supposedly slaying the relentless killing machine Michael Myers.



Michael Myers is alive and on the rampage – again – in Halloween Kills
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Despite their hopes, however, Myers survived the fiery inferno and once again wreaks havoc across the town of Haddonfield.

However, this time Haddonfield is ready to fight back – including some matured familiar faces who survived the original massacre by Myers back in the 1973 original film.

Will this be the night that Myers finally meets his end?

Probably not as many will be aware we thought he had in the last film and we also know that another sequel is on the way after this, meaning the hope of the nightmare ending feels entirely fruitless.



Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is recovering from her last encounter with Myers but is ready to fight him again
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That is not all but in addition to Myers being seemingly more invincible than ever and the gruesome kills seeming endless and lacking any real chills, there are few scares beyond cheap ‘jump’ moments that are telegraphed a mile off.

Myers has almost become a parody of himself as he is endlessly called the ‘bogeyman’ this fine around.

Any nuance or subtly is thrown out of the window here, as the film pushes the message that the town is being driven to monstrous acts against Myers as they all each claim they will personally be the ones to kill Myers which feels laughable but not in the knowing way it should or could.



Judy Greer reprises her role as Laurie’s previously estranged daughter Karen who has now united with her to destroy Myers
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The germs of good ideas or a fun twist on the formula are there but it feels too slight and simultaneously too on the nose to be taken seriously.

Meanwhile, legendary scream queen Curtis feels somewhat underused this time around as Strode, who spends much of this instalment recovering in a bed or wailing.

Thankfully, Greer gets more screen-time here to shine as Laurie’s steely daughter Karen, while Matichak gives the closest thing to a character arc as Allyson remains determined to kill Myers herself (even if this is also the same boast as the rest of the cast).

Even when accompanied by the ever-iconic theme music from John Carpenter, the violence is lengthy, exploitative and rather monotonous by the end, meaning you may leave the film feeling more nihilistic than having a good time being scared.



The evil shape of Michael Myers shows no signs of defeat yet – or does he?
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This outing ends setting up the sequel with a ‘twist’ that makes the whole film feel rather pointless and with a ‘reveal’ that feels less of a game-changer than the filmmakers seem to think it is.

Let’s hope Halloween Ends (due next year) really is the end for this franchise. Yet somehow we doubt it.

Verdict

Halloween Kills fails to live up to the revitalised energy of its predecessor by offering a disappointing gore-fest with very little fun and the poor execution of its only fascinating themes.

*Halloween Kills is released in UK cinemas on October 15, 2021.

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