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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Review: Halloween Kills

Director: David Gordon Green

Screenplay: Scott Teems

Year: 2021

"Halloween Kills" is one of many films that we were deprived of enjoying last year thanks to the pandemic and the closure of places where many people accumulate. A year later “Halloween Kills” sees the light, although not with the expected fanfare since we are still in the middle of the pandemic and attendance at cinemas continues to be very low compared to previous years, but with the advantage of being able to take advantage of the new trend of dual release movies in cinemas and streaming platforms. 

"Halloween Kills" begins exactly where "Halloween" (2018) ended. On Halloween night 40 years later, Michael Myers is back in the town of Haddonfield again leaving a pile of bodies in his path. Lauri Strode and her family continue to try to put an end to evil.

If in "Halloween" (2018) the focus falls on the fact that the film takes place 40 years after the events of its predecessor, "Halloween Kills" puts the emphasis on the figure of Michael Myers as the bogeyman. Whereas in the previous film most of the time is spent exploring the character of Laurie Strode and the effect Michael Myers had on her even after so many decades have passed, in this case, the character of Michael is explored and the effect that he continues to have over the quiet town of Haddonfield. 

In this same effort, director David Gordon Green and screenwriter Scott Teems ("Rectify") take the story of this new installment down a more predictable path that conforms better to the rules of a slasher. Basically, we have Michael killing anyone who stands in front of him in the most morbid ways possible, and the story only manages to progress a little. On top of that, the role of Laurie Strode seems secondary and in parts, you even forget about her, when she was the most important role of the previous one. 

"Halloween Kills" rather than progressing in the story, seeks to be the entry in which Michael increases his kill count and also as a venue to showcase what they can do with the special effects. Except for some parts that serve to fill gaps in the story between the two previous movies and this one (1978, 2018), I dare to think that you can skip from “Halloween” (2018) to “Halloween Ends” without missing much of the plot. As far as entertainment, gore, and special effects are concerned, the experience is exceptional.

"Halloween Kills" takes very seriously as the second part of the trilogy and works as the second act of a story. The plot does not progress much from where we left it in the previous to the end of this one, but it manages to keep the viewer hooked on what it proposes through brute force, translated into violence, gore, and special effects. Since they met their particular kill count, a significant number within the slashers, let's hope that "Halloween Ends" is a satisfactory conclusion to the story.

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