Movie Review: ‘Halloween Kills’ – Northern Star

Chris Pizzello | PA

Jamie Lee Curtis, star and executive producer of ‘Halloween Kills,’ poses at the premiere of the film, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.

“Halloween Kills,” released Oct. 15, picks up where the 2018 film “Halloween” left off, showing Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, facing off against Michael Myers after escaping from the mental institution.

In “Halloween Kills”, the audience travels back in time to 1978, when it all began. Here we see a young Deputy Hawkins, played by Thomas Mann, who accidentally kills his partner upon encountering Michael at the house where he killed his sister.

Michael’s backstory was weak since the audience knew the story from previous “Halloween” films. It gives some insight into why Officer Hawkins is full of guilt and wants to be the one to kill Michael, but other than that it was unnecessary.

Back in the present day, the action begins, but it happens too quickly for an hour and 45 minute film. The film’s downfall was trying to fit too many characters, scenes, and different plot points into the time limit and not focusing enough on character development.

Returning as Laurie, Curtis delivers a strong performance but is overshadowed by her other, younger castmates. The star performer is Allyson, played by Andi Matichak, who was first seen in 2018’s “Halloween.”

Allyson is shown in the hospital grieving for her father and wishing her grandmother well when she learns that Michael is still alive. After tricking her mother, Karen, into thinking she was staying in the room with her grandmother, she sneaks out with her boyfriend, Cameron, to help kill Michael.

She knows that with Michael dead, she and her family will be able to grieve and heal properly, so she makes it her mission to get him out. His passion for murder is just as strong as that of Tommy Doyle, played by Anthony Michael Hall.

Tommy had an encounter with Michael in the past and has since made a point of seeing him dead. This chance presents itself when he is at the bar, with Lindsey, Marion and Lonnie and they are informed of the recent murders of Michael.

Additionally, Doyle begins the chant, which is repeated throughout the film, “Evil Dies Tonight”, which causes a chaotic rampage at the hospital and sets off the film’s overall mission.

What “Halloween Kills” lacks in script and plot, it makes up for in the gory, gory nature of Michael’s murders. Most of his kills were violent and honestly exaggerated, but he was the star of the film nonetheless.

For a sequel where the story is already in place and where the writers had to add more, this was the film’s weakest point. There was no interesting dialogue, the lines were repetitive and the story became predictable. Overall, there was no shock value and audiences felt dissatisfied.

With an October 2022 slate, the final film in the modern “Halloween” trilogy, comes “Halloween Ends” with the same writers, director, and most of the returning cast.