Halloween Kills picks up mere minutes after the conclusion of 2018’s Halloween, with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) leaving infamous serial killer Michael Myers for dead. This is a slasher movie, though, so of course Michael escapes, and violence ensues.
Speaking of characters, there are a lot in this movie. Kills seems intent on coalescing the various generations of past Halloween characters into one story with one primary motivation, and for the most part, it works — Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Longstreet play Tommy Doyle and Lonnie Elam (child characters from the original 1978 film), while Kyle Richards, Nancy Stephens and Charles Cyphers reprise their roles directly from John Carpenter’s original. There’s a lot of running around town, searching for Michael, as the villain moves from one bloodbath to the next. It remains engaging and exciting to a certain point.
Regardless, Halloween Kills is fun, and that’s all it needed to be. It continues the modern Halloween series’ tendency to include off-kilter humor, only to turn it right back around with breathtakingly tense moments. There’s also a lot of attention paid to the series’ lore, which I enjoy as someone who appreciates the little details, and genuine stakes concerning meaningful characters. Bundle all of this with an open-ended conclusion which I hope will spark a lot of debate and you have the slasher sequel of your dreams.
Lock your doors and grab your knives, horror fans…the boogeyman’s coming, and he’s out for blood. [Grade: B]
Director: David Gordon-Green
Writers: David Gordon-Green, Danny McBride, Scott Teems