I’m sure there are about three of you out there who are wondering where my posts about those 100 Best Movies I’ve Never Seen are these days? This is two weeks in a row without the next installment. Thing is… I’m housesitting for another couple of weeks. And while I’m here, I don’t have access to all of the same streaming services that I normally would. I mean, sure, I have access on my laptop… But who wants to watch movies for the first time on their laptop if they can avoid it? No, I’d rather wait until I’m back at home and can watch these movies as they’re meant to be seen. On the TV that hangs on my wall.
Instead, you get my thoughts on the latest installment of the Halloween franchise: Halloween Kills.
Halloween Kills is the direct follow up to 2018’s Halloween, a film which was designed to reboot and/or reinvigorate a franchise that had all but stagnated over the last 20 years. I’m sure Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake has its fans, I’m really not one of them. And his sequel was just… weird… And before that, Halloween Resurrection seemed to grind the entire franchise to a halt following the success of Halloween H20.
It’s a confusing timeline They’re confusing timelines to follow to say the least. Because what the 2018 Halloween did was wipe out all continuity except for the original 1978 classic from John Carpenter. And 2018’s film could have easily been the end of things. It was made in such a way that it could have easily been a one and done sequel to the first Halloween.
But then it turned out to be a huge success. Luckily, the creators had a good idea about where they wanted things to go if they were allowed to continue the story of Laurie Strode and the “Boogeyman,” Michael Myers. Breathing new life into the franchise turned out to not only give us one new movie, but an entirely new trilogy.
Which means that Halloween Kills, while acting as the third part to what will eventually be a four-part movie series, is really the second installment in this modern horror trilogy. Right away, that kind of takes me out of the story before even going into the start of the movie.
Why would knowing there’s another movie coming next year take me out of this fictional world? Because I know that, if nothing else, Michael Myers and Laurie Strode will survive this movie. I know… it’s a slasher movie. The killer always gets “killed” and is always “resurrected” in some ridiculous fashion. Thing is, when people bought their tickets to see Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter and watched Jason Voorhees die once and for all, they really had no idea that Jason (the real Jason) would get resurrected in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
Knowing that Halloween Ends is just around the corner kind of takes away some of the mystery of who will live and die.
However, that’s not to say that Halloween Kills wasn’t worth seeing or that it isn’t any good. I liked it just fine. Did I love it? No… Was it a perfect horror movie? Not even close… But it does carry on the Halloween franchise in a rewarding and entertaining way and makes me really look forward to the next movie, even if that one does promise(?) to be the final entry into the Halloween franchise.
This latest movie doesn’t have the kind of scares that the 1978 classic had. And I think a big part of that is because it doesn’t have the same kind of score that the original had. John Carpenter’s music played such a huge role in building suspense whenever you’re watching that original movie. Remove the score and watch it with just the dialogue and it’s nowhere near as scary.
But this one does live up to its title by adding a whole lot of kills. Michael Myers has had an impressive kill streak in his movies over the years, but I’m pretty sure this one leaves the rest of them in the dust. I didn’t keep count of how many people he actually killed, but I think Myers could give John Wick a run for his money.
The only thing I really found disappointing was a lack of Laurie Strode, still played to perfection by Jamie Lee Curtis. It’s not that she wasn’t in the movie. It’s just that her character really had nothing to do the entire time. I mean, she was basically skewered by Michael in the last one. So at the start of this one, she has to undergo emergency surgery and has to be pretty much incapacitated or else rip open the staples that are keeping her insides on the inside. So… from a story standpoint, it makes sense to have less Laurie.
But she really is the heart and soul of these movies. At least… the ones she’s actually in.
Sure, I said that the knowledge of a third and final part to trilogy being on the way removed a lot of the mystery. But it didn’t take away all of it. There are still a few surprises and, like I said before, I’m more than intrigued enough to see Halloween Ends when it is finally released next year.
Have you seen Halloween Kills? Are you at all a fan of the Halloween franchise? Do you even like scary movies? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!