Halloween Kills (Blu-ray) – Movie Review
Follow Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director: David Gordon Green
Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Duration: 105 minutes

Halloween Kills (Blu-ray) – Movie Review

Site Score
3.2
Good: Recreates the atmosphere of old-school horror movies perfectly
Bad: Choices by the characters are too stupid to describe, Absolutely pointless
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2.5
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Halloween is a series of movies that has been going ‘strong’ since 1978. The iconic Michael Myers is deemed one of the greatest horror characters ever, next to Jason Voorhees and Freddie Krueger. In 2018 the series once again picked up with the original lead returning to her starring role. Jamie Lee Curtis is considered to go hand in hand with the franchise, and many fans were very happy to see her once again fighting the serial killer from hell. Now, four years later, we return to Haddonfield, the place where it all started. We received the extended cut of Halloween Kills for our review, but we sadly didn’t think that much of this one.  We can, however, imagine that hardcore fans might still find this one worth it.

Halloween Kills picks up where the 2018 movie left off. We’ll see Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), Karen (Judy Greer), and Allyson (Andi Matichack) rush to the hospital, after thinking they have vanquished Michael Myers once and for all. Sadly, the ghoulish serial killer once again survives and is now returning to Haddonfield. From here on out, the murders once again start, and it seems that the ones who survived the murders in 1978 will once again have to fight for their lives.

As expected, the movie follows the typical horror tropes, but in a very ridiculous manner. We realize that characters in horror films often do the most stupid things, often getting themselves severely hurt or killed. In this case, many of the characters have been fighting Michael Myers for many years, and he often survives whatever they throw at them. For some reason, however, the good guys never finish off the evil entity by chopping him up into small bits, putting these parts on fire, and then scattering them all across the globe. Instead, they are always content with one simple stab in the guts, or a simple hit to the head. This is getting very idiotic as the movie progresses, and given that this is already the umpteenth sequel in the franchise, it might just be best to call it a day.

The above being said, we have to give credit where credit is due. The movie absolutely nails the old-school slasher horror film vibe, and the murder scenes have the right amount of gore in them. Things never get ridiculously over the top in a Saw-like manner, which is certainly a plus. Nonetheless, some scenes are very graphic, and perhaps a bit silly. These murders happen in-between sections where you’ll get to learn more about what is going on. The movie’s pace and flow feel a bit off, as it contains absolutely no story value, except for some flashbacks that tell you a bit more about Michael Myers.

As a whole, the acting performances are reasonably decent. Sadly, the cast members had a very shoddy script to work with, and thus, there is no real character evolution, and there are no memorable scenes to behold. Every character feels very one-dimensional and at no single point throughout the movie will you get attached to any of the characters.

The extras included when you buy a Blu-ray copy of Halloween Kills are actually quite impressive. As we reviewed the extended cut, you’ll have a slight ‘alternate’ ending, as well as many special features. Those interested in the franchise will learn a lot more about the ideas behind this second installment of the revival of the series. Other than that, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes footage, and many commentaries to explore. Last but not least, there is also a gag reel, as well as some deleted scenes.

Conclusion

Halloween Kills was overall a godawful movie. The film didn’t have any content, the characters’ intelligence was at an all-time low, and it was pretty much just dumb from start to finish. While we can’t give this movie a good score, we’re sure that fans that enjoyed the 2018 continuation of the franchise will also very much enjoy this one. Halloween Kills does manage to replicate the atmosphere and feeling of the 1978 movie, which is still a commendable feat. Sadly, the movie fails to deliver content-wise.

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