Watched Halloween Kills and I liked it a lot better than the first one but that isn’t really saying much. It’s a lot funnier without resorting to camp and it has what the title promised. There are lots of KILLS. Michael’s now a 60 year old man with a pretty average physique who has the ability to go full samurai mode on a group of people surrounding him LMAO. Twice.
I’ll be referring to the 2018 movie as the “first movie” for simplicity’s sake although it’s really a fucking SEQUEL to the original movie that retconned all it’s other sequels but they decided to simply call it Halloween as if it was a fucking remake.
Those who liked the first movie on a thematic level will probably hate this. While the first one was about a woman with PTSD turning her victim status around, now they’re arguing whether Michael is actually coming for her when they clearly established he wasn’t in the first one. My problem with the first one was how dumb they had to make the plot in order to maintain it’s theme. This one doesn’t give a shit.
I mean, fucking hell, I was ranting that if Laurie really thought Michael was coming for her, why the fuck didn’t she MOVE? She would have the option of coming back to the town if he escaped or got released for some reason and she really wanted kill the fucker even though after 40 fucking years of daily gun training she could MISS using a fucking rifle when he was STANDING STILL 6 ft away from her.
How the fuck was Michael going to find her? Stalk her on social media? He isn’t the fucking entity in It Follows.
Instead, she fortified her home and gave her kid a really fucked up childhood but this was ignored or just brushed aside by the critics because of the PTSD thing and a woman was getting back at her aggressor after 40 years which served as catharsis for some during the the Kavanaugh fiasco.
Alright, fair enough. There will always be a “Michael” around anywhere she went and she could only shake this spectre off by killing the fucker and she wasn’t going to run away without facing her demons. But don’t have a fucking kid and do stupid shit like lock her in the fucking basement for “survival training”. If you wanna include a theme about acts of violence that transcend generations and being humans whom are fallible, we sometimes succumb to the after effects of some shit to the point where we don’t even realize that we’re harming those we care about, don’t have the grown daughter go “Mom was right all along!” at the end when childcare services had to fucking come and take her away so she didn’t get completely fucked in the head. Or maybe she already was by that time.
It’s also revealed that Michael didn’t give a shit about here and was just happily going about his day killing random people so now the roles of the hunter and the victim are exchanged since she’s the one hunting him. Then it goes full retard. If you’ve watched the first movie, you’ll know there’s no other fucking way to describe the chain of events that unfold after that pretty good long take of Michael killing people.
I’m not making light of a mental condition. I’m saying the plot was so fucking dumb it potentially did anyone who really suffers from this a disservice and falls squarely into exploitation film territory. You can decide for yourself if this is a good or a bad thing if you’re a true blue horror movie fan but don’t give me that crap about it being a good movie ONLY because it “explored” this theme. This isn’t an exploration. It’s fucking exploitation and you fucking know it if you’re a professional critic.
Fuck they fucking spelled it out for the audience with Laurie falling off the balcony like Michael did at the end of the 1978 movie and getting up to “stalk” him again.
This sequel makes the first movie even dumber than it was while being pretty dumb itself, which isn’t really even a bad thing given that it’s a slasher movie and it’s not aspiring to be much more that that this time.
The direction is pretty good here and the kills are pretty damn entertaining. I’m not a fan of original Halloween (1978) and if you’re like me, you probably won’t get the references to the characters who survived and are now taking Michael on again.
It doesn’t really matter. Just turn your mind off when you watch it.