Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills ★★½

2021 Ranked

Full disclosure: Prior to this, I’ve only seen John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and the 2018 David Gordon Green film that this is directly following up. I think both of those films succeed in being solidly good slashers — nothing more, nothing less — and therefore do not consider the original to be an untouchable masterpiece, nor do I consider the latter to be some abomination like many seem to. As for Halloween Kills:

Genuinely feels like DGG and Danny McBride only wanted to make one more sequel to the 2018 film, but Blumhouse greenlit two more sequels after how successful the 2018 film was, so DGG and McBride had a middle entry they likely didn’t really know what to do with. The idea of exploring Haddonfield from Michael’s POV rather than Laurie’s POV like the previous film did is interesting in concept, hence why I disagree with the criticisms of it being too obsessed with its own legacy in how people talk about Michael as some mythic supernatural figure instead of just some guy in a mask because that’s how he would view himself, but the film feels very unsure of itself in its execution, including unnecessary flashbacks that feel like filler. I like Jim Cummings a good deal, but much like the majority of the film itself, that opening sequence was just not needed. Plus, it’s just not particularly well edited, and the less said about many of the supporting performances, the better.

That said, Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak are all very good, Carpenter’s score — co-composed with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies — is solid, the kills and lighting are decent, the final 15-20 minutes or so are enjoyable, and it mostly held my attention, but I can’t help but find this to be highly insubstantial. I’ll still watch Halloween Ends, but I hope it’s at least substantially better than this one.

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