‘Halloween Kills’ murders audience interest


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The 12th “Halloween,” “Halloween Kills,” came out Friday, Oct. 15. 

Everybody knows the classic killers: Ghostface, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers. It has become that time again where all these famous killers become relevant and are the classic Halloween costumes. 

With the spooky season in full swing, the “Halloween” movie franchise took advantage of the opportunity and released another Halloween movie. That’s right, the 12th “Halloween,” “Halloween Kills,” came out Friday, Oct. 15. 

“Halloween Kills” is just another movie following Myers (James Jude Courtney) as he goes on his mission to go home, killing anyone in his path. 

This movie picks up right after “Halloween” (2018) so “Halloween Kills” is taking place within the same night as the ending of that movie. 

This new “Halloween” movie is doing the same thing a lot of horror movies are starting to do, which is bring back old characters into the plot. The film starts out with Myers making his reappearance back into the films — showing him surviving the burning house. We see Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter, Karen (Judy Greer) and her granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak) heading to the hospital.

We move forward and are reintroduced to Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall), who was the kid Laurie was babysitting in 1978. He decides to form a group of people to chase after Myers in an attempt to kill him. He gathers up past survivors of Myer’s terror: Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards) from “Halloween” (1978), Marion Chambers (Nancy Stephens) from “Halloween” (1978), “Halloween 2” (1981) and “Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later” (1998) and Lonnie Elam (Robert Longstreet) from “Halloween” (1978). 

The group hunts down Myers in hopes to do something that the police can’t. However, the group gets too revenge-hungry and starts to turn the town against each other. Right at the end — with Doyle thinking he has conquered his biggest fear — things take a turn against him.

Bringing back the old characters was interesting, but I did find Doyle to be annoying throughout the whole movie. His character’s purpose was meant to be the leader and create chaos a little bit, but he was just too much to watch on screen. Although, it was nice for Richards and Stephens to come back as they originally played their characters in the original films. 

People tend to still see these films because of the classic slasher movie it has become. The whole franchise is a brand, and they just keep coming out with more. 

There was no build up of character, but then again they’ve had 11 other movies to build up Myer’s whole personality. Like — we know he’s not human, we know he’s gonna kill and we know he just wants to go home. 

While there isn’t too much to complain about, it does what every “Halloween” movie does. This doesn’t mean it was exactly good. There was no furthering the plot of Myers or any of the characters. Laurie was in the hospital for the whole movie, there was nothing new about her.

I did however enjoy the ending monologue by Laurie, for no specific reason other than it felt like a change of tone and variety given to the film. 

I thought the ending to the 2018 movie was a full circle moment and a great ending to the franchise, but actually there’s going to be one more “Halloween” film coming out in 2022: “Halloween Ends.” Hopefully that will be it for the series, as the producers have sucked everything they possibly could out of the films. That is of course, until they remake them in a couple decades.

Rating: 1.5/5 stars