Continuing from Halloween (2018), Michael Myers is trapped in a house that is on fire. Returning characters Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), Karen (Judy Greer) and Allyson (Andi Matichak) managed to escape safely but became highly concerned and stressed when they discover several firefighters were headed towards the blazing home. With Laurie wounded from the previous film, the three travel to the nearby hospital and alert authorities with hopes of being safe from the nightmare of Michael.
But like most Halloween films, it’s not long until we learn that Michael has indeed survived Laurie’s clever and creative trap, beginning a whole new killing spree within the community. If you’ve ever seen a Halloween film, then you’ll know what to expect: kills (lots and lots of kills), blood, violence and disturbing moments. Halloween Kills doesn’t disappoint when it comes to gruesome and shocking moments.
As a plot, Halloween Kills takes some significant risks instead of being just another Halloween movie. While I found this admirable that the filmmakers made such bold choices, I felt some of these major directions work well and others; sadly, not as much. Many successful nods were given to the previous instalments, which delivered a large smile on my face. Some of these include surprise returning characters, iconic scenes, and, let’s not forget, the incredible musical score from the legendary John Carpenter.
Visually, Halloween Kills is brilliant. While the film is generally set at nighttime, everything on the screen looks razor-sharp and clean. Night scenes are all easy to see and are filled with tremendous lighting. The musical score, flawless and creepy, is just the way I like it. Performances are great yet again from Jamie Lee Curtis, and even actress Judy Greer is given a greater opportunity on the screen, which I enjoyed seeing. With so many characters within the universe, fans could be disappointed to see some characters have less screen time than expected.
Overall, this is a worthy sequel to the popular horror franchise. The film takes big risks relating to its plot and general direction, and while I found this admirable, some of the directions worked well and others not as much. Nevertheless, Halloween fans will be very pleased as the film is loaded with horrific violence, shocking kills, pleasing flashbacks and returning characters. Fans of the series will certainly enjoy seeing the boogeyman once again kill on screen.