Halloween Kills (USA, 2021)

Things move full speed ahead in this long-awaited sequel to the 2018 retconned sequel that has many surprises along the way.

After defeating Michael Myers and leaving him in a burning house, Laurie Strode is injured and shocked to see the fire department heading towards the house. While she gets emergency surgery to heal her near fatal wound, the firefighters show up and they are in for a shock when Myers awakens and kills the entire group. News has hit about the murders at a local Halloween party, in which a now adult Tommy Doyle and Lindsay Wallace, learn about his possible return and they decide to rally the town to find Myers and destroy him once and for all.

Laurie’s daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson are at the hospital when they learn that Sheriff Frank Hawkins, who was believed to have died is actually still alive. Chaos erupts in the hospital when news of Myers, who is once again starting his killing spree, has hit. As Tommy rallies the town, Laurie finds herself determined to come face-to-face with Myers again. However, she is too injured and both she and Karen find themselves horrified when Allyson is revealed to be helping Tommy and the town catch Myers. Will the town be able to stop “The Shape” and put an end to Halloween once and for all?

Well, those who have heard the news of this film will know the answer to that question. However, this sequel, which pulls a juxtaposing of picking up right where the 2018 film leaves off with events that occurred in 1978 to add some shocking twists to the mix, is well played out in both storyline and execution. Once again, director David Gordon Green (who co-wrote the script with Danny McBride and Scott Teems this time, replacing Jeff Fradley) brings us a perfect follow-up that has a bit of reminiscence of Halloween II in which the setting was a hospital and our protagonist Laurie Strode spends most (if not all) of the film in that location.

What’s great here is that Jamie Lee Curtis once again shines as Laurie, but due to what happened in the last film, as much as she wants in on the action, she can’t. She is forced on the sidelines and daughter Karen, reprised by Judy Greer, has to make sure it happens. However, it looks as if we get a passing of the torch in the form of Allyson, Laurie’s granddaughter, played by Andi Matichak as she finds herself involved with the action, determined to put an end to Myers’ reign of terror. What’s even more interesting is the return of characters from the 1978 original. While some reprise their roles like Curtis all these years later, others were replaced.

The most obvious example is Tommy Doyle, the little boy Laurie babysat on the night that changed their lives forever. Anthony Michael Hall takes over the role as the de-facto leader of the town when it comes to finding Myers and stopping him once and for all while Kyle Richards returns to her role of Lindsay Wallace. A shocking twist in the story involves the returning Sheriff Hawkins, reprised by Will Patton, as flashbacks show how a young Hawkins, played by Thomas Mann, reveal his connection to the story.

The kill scenes this time go for the jugular, at times literally. Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney once again share the screen as “The Shape” or “The Boogeyman” as called by the people of Haddonfield. Where the 2018 film mixed the subtle with the gore, this one amps up the gore. And we mean amping it up to an 11. The final act is definitely worth seeing and without spoiling it, will guarantee to make jaws drop.

Halloween Kills amps up the story and gory kills in this sequel with Jamie Lee Curtis still making an impact despite being on the sidelines. However, a passing of the torch is imminent with Andi Matichak set to become the new “scream queen” of our generation. The third act is a guaranteed jaw-dropper.

WFG RATING: A

A Universal Pictures/Miramax/Blumhouse Productions in association with Rough House Pictures. Director: David Gordon Green. Producers: Malek Akkad, Jason Blum, and Bill Block. Writers: Scott Teems, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green; based on the characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Cinematography: Michael Simmonds. Editing: Timothy Alverson.

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Nick Castle, James Jude Courtney, Will Patton, Dylan Arnold, Anthony Michael Hall, Kyle Richards, Thomas Mann, Jim Cummings, Robert Longstreet, Charlie Cyphers.

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