Halloween Kills: Movie Review

"Halloween Kills" takes its title literally. From the very first scene and to the very last one, death and mayhem surrounds this film. And while the remorseless kill count and bloody gore is probably at an all-time high, those seeking a more meaty story will find "Halloween Kills" a middling and even disappointing middleground.
They thought they killed him but the unstoppable Michael Myers once again survives a seemingly fiery fate. While Michael continues his onslaught through the town of Haddonfield, Laurie Strode and her family are taken to the hospital as Laurie recuperates from her injuries. When it is clear to the townsfolk that Michael Myers is really back in town, they decide to take matters in their own hands. Can Michael Myers be finally stopped through sheer grit and grind or will the kill count just grow exponentially from here? 
After the excellent "Halloween", "Halloween Kills" felt like a step back for the series or at least it was obvious that it was the middle film in a planned trilogy. Aside from an excellent and mesmerizingly accurate callback to 1978 (this was easily our favorite portion in the film), there is little that was added to the story of Michael Myers. This sequel focuses solely on what Michael Myers is known for and is it relentless, unstoppable, remorseless murders. If that's what you're looking for then this sequel won't disappoint. The kills are not only endless but it they were creative, fresh, and disturbingly believable. Likewise, the visuals and soundtrack was extremely well done and added to the unique atmosphere that this franchise is known for. Unfortunately, most of these deaths do occur because of sheer stupidity. This was a film that had us rolling our eyes and screaming in frustration as these Haddonfield folks just lure death right into their doorsteps. Aside from the kill count, "Halloween Kills" failed to slay it when it came to its story. This film just didn't go anywhere narratively-speaking. It had some interesting takes on how people became monsters themselves as they took justice into their own hands but even this subplot was half-baked in our opinion. Like Laurie Strode who's injured and unable to do anyting significant, "Halloween Kills" felt pretty much the same. It brought just the basics to make this worthwhile and enjoyable but not much else to make it standout and be memorable.  
Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- Michael Myers makes a literal killing from start to finish

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- as a middle child to a trilogy, barely anything happens
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