Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Halloween Kills- A Salty Review

 The Halloween franchise has been through a lot. Some of it is good but most of it is bad. I don't know what the oddest moment has been, to be honest. Was it Kung Fu Busta Rhymes or was it Season on the witch or that one about the cult the series lost its way? Rob Zombie rebooted it in 2007 and fans including myself were split on how good/ bad it was. At least until the follow-up, we all agreed it was bad. In 2016 there was talk about rebooting the franchise again with Danny Mcbride as one of the writers. 

This guy  I know looks like a goofball but so did Jordan Peele. Mcbride and his team who were also comedy writers had a more daunting task. Peele did something very original whereas these guys are trying to save a franchise. 

They succeeded by making a daring choice of erasing the franchise. Their movie was a direct sequel from the 1978 film and everything we’ve seen since then ….. never happened. Laurie is an older PTSD-riddled survivor that has been waiting for his return. The film delivered and left a Lil something on the end that could only mean one thing sequels!!! But could Halloween KIlls make the magic happen again with a good sequel? The same team of writers. The same director is back. Maybe it could work?


The film starts minutes after the first film. So don’t try to be one of those folks who just watch a sequel without watching the original. The tone of the film is very different this time around. The film has made the entire town a character in this film. The town wants Myers dead as well. The film gets moves away from Laurie being at the center of the story by literally sideling her and focusing on other characters like Tommy Doyle and a few others you saw in the background in the first film.

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The kills are stepped up in a big way this time around. They’re funny and gory and some are are easter eggs to the Halloween legacy.

The only thing I question right now is, what’s up with Michael Myers? In this movie, you cannot tell if the townspeople are incompetent or Myers also got some John Wick skills while surviving the fire.  He comes out of the burning building and kills 6 firefighters. You saw the trailer!!! I’m not gonna get into anymore because that’s spoiler territory. But it feels like they might be going into the supernatural side of things because this movie is way darker than I expected it to be. The movie was beautifully shot and directed the script had its moments but overall it’s quite good. Made the town a part of the story. Everyone’s performance was top tier.  I wish I had a better understanding of Myers but then again maybe that was the point. Leave me with more questions than answers. The also shows the downside of a lynch mob I don’t want this to turn into an afterschool special so I will leave that to you. When it came to giving the movie its grade wasn’t sure what it deserved it took some time but I stand by it. I think this movie a good scary time at the theaters ( or at home on Peacock) can be great popcorn fodder.

Halloween Kills final grade: B-      

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