For most people who celebrate Halloween, the month of October is full of fun, scares and candy. This is the time of year where we can dress up and pretend to be someone else. The opportunities are endless. However, in the new movie ‘Halloween Kills’, October is only known as the month Michael Myers returns.
Michael Myers is a horror icon. He is both one of the first and one of the best known slasher killers horror has ever seen. His legacy is strong in ‘Halloween Kills’, and most of the movie shows how he haunts the town of Springfield.
Laurie Strode, once again played by Jamie Lee Curtis, has been haunted by Michael Myers since 1978. She has devoted her life to ending his, and, even though she’s tried time and time again, she has always failed. Her obsession with Myers has only grown over the years, to the point that he almost always consumes her thoughts. It has even ruined her personal relationships with her daughter and granddaughter.
It makes sense why Laurie is so obsessed with Myers. His evil spirit, forever trapped inside of a mortal man’s body, has stalked her for years, killing her friends and family. What else can she do?
It doesn’t help that the town of Springfield tends to forget about Michael Myers. Some of the victims are too young to remember the town’s horrored past. But most of the victims just foolishly ignore the threat. Laurie is only ever seen as the crazy old woman that lives in the past. So, while most people celebrate Halloween, Laurie patiently waits for Myers to once again return.
For a while, things seem fine. Kids in costumes trick or treat. Couples stay at home to enjoy frightening movies. But Michael Myers returns once again, as willing to kill as ever. Sadly, Laurie Strode once again remains the only one that is prepared.
But the town of Springfield starts to notice these murderous patterns. They form a group to chase down Myers, and believe that odds weigh heavily in their favor. Even though most of them have never come in contact with an evil spirit before, they believe they can beat Michael Myers with enough determination.
However, they are soon surprised that their mortal weapons do not work. No average joe can harm Michael Myers. They just become new targets.
Their reactions to this vary. For many, it is a matter of belief and disbelief. Is he still alive? Is he real? Is he just some guy in a mask? This means most of the victims carelessly await their deaths as Michael Myers approaches.
But when Myers does approach, they realize just the mistake they’ve made. Fear starts to overcome them from the inside out. As they look into the eyes of death, their bodies become paralyzed. They realize that Micheal Myers is real, that he is an evil force and that he has no remorse. He does not fear death. Micheal Myers is death.
‘Halloween Kills’ is a decent entry into the ‘Halloween’ franchise, but I will say that I was a little disappointed in this film. Of course I was excited to see Myers again. He had some really interesting kills, and the film understands why Myers works like he does. It shows how, while fear can be restricted by man, evil cannot. It is as real as the breath in your lungs. ‘Halloween Kills’ proves that evil can not be contained…only accepted.
However, I honestly cannot say if I genuienly liked this movie or not. The storyline was decent, but pretty choppy. It really felt like an incomplete script, almost as if they did not know what to write. The ‘Halloween’ franchise deserves more than that.
I decided to give them a second chance, though. I really looked for logic in this script. Then I noticed that the story seemed to be without a complete ending, like it was missing something.
I did some research and found out there is a third Halloween coming out next year. I hope they’re saving their best material for that film because my high expectations for ‘Halloween Kills’ were severely disappointed.
That said, I was really excited to be able to see Michael Myers on the big screen once again. His presence in the genre of horror was really needed, and it felt like coming home.
Original article released Nov. 10, 2021. Updated Nov. 16, 2021 to reflected the reviewer’s change in opinion.