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Halloween Kills

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By justine taylorPublished 2 years ago 4 min read


Michael Meyers is back, but we all knew he would return, or rather that he never left. For the twelfth installment of the franchise director David Gordon’s Halloween Kills is a fun ride, and at times funny, but at best it felt like nothing more than a filler. I’ll be honest and say that I am not the largest fan of Michael Myers and his story, while I can appreciate a good slasher film, this story was not what I expected in the least bit.

We start off exactly where Halloween ended in 2018, Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) is being rushed to the hospital bleeding out from a stab wound to the abdomen. As we follow behind her in the back of a pickup, we watch a fire truck race in the opposite direction toward Strode’s house, where she and her family managed to trap Michael in the basement and set it ablaze. “Let him burn!” Strode cries out in agony. In the emergency room while waiting for word of Laurie’s recovery, her daughter Karen grieves the loss of her husband, unaware that their attempt failed, and Myers is carving his way through Haddonfield once again.

It’s Halloween night and Tommy Doyle (played by Anthony Michael Hall) , the young boy Laurie saved all those years ago, is telling his story at a local talent show. He commemorates the other survivors present and warns all those listening that the boogieman is in fact real. Having happened almost 50 years ago, most of the current residents in town had never seen Micheal but had heard of the “urban legend”. Unbeknownst to Doyle and Strode, Meyers is alive and out with a vengeance.

The trailers released during the roll out suggested that it was Laurie who rallied the town to fight back, in all actuality it was Doyle who convinced anyone in earshot that “Evil dies tonight!”. Laurie remains confined to her bed and room for majority of the movie, grappling with the guilt she feels for leading Meyers back to town, and her failed attempt at his end.

Coincidentally enough, while the hospital scrambles to render aid and secure the location, two patients of a mental institution manage to escape during transit (sound familiar?). One shows up to the hospital in a green jumpsuit with an open wound to the forehead seeking care. We all know the chaos that erupts when fear spreads, and if unchecked causes even the best people to turn on one another. In a moment of carelessness, word spreads like wildfire in the lobby, when a question “Is that him? Is that Micheal?” turned statement, “That’s him! That’s Michael!” causes the mob to focus their hate on him. At this point Doyle has already discredited the police, so any hopes of organization and involvement from the authorities are nonexistent. The inmate finds himself trapped in a hallway, separated from the mob only by two sets of glass door. Rather than being beaten and ripped apart for something he didn't do, with limited options, he chooses to jump from a window at about the fifth story .

Now, an innocent man is dead, and Michael is still on the run leaving a trail of victims in his wake. Every single member of Haddonfield that approached Meyers did not survive the night, law force included. And here in lies my problem. Yes the kills were well executed and bloody as all hell, yes I jumped in my seat several times throughout the 1 hour and 45 minutes the film played on, but at the end of it all I couldn't help but ask myself 'what was the point?'. Laurie Strode never left her hospital room, Michael is not dead, and Karen managed to get herself killed.

I had a friend ask on twitter, since when did a horror movie have to be 'good' to be fun? Personally I find the unfolding of a good plot to be one of the best parts of the experience. Yes, there were several jump scares that I fell victim to, and the execution of Meyer's kills was done perfectly, but the whole film felt empty. So I ask, hasn't a good plot always been the basis for a good film? Other than that it's all special affects.

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justine taylor



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