Working time: 105 min. Rated: R (brutal violence, insult). Stream in theaters and Peacock
“Halloween Kills” knows why you came. In this title! In that sense, the new film doesn’t disappoint: Serial killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney), aka Shape, a poor old man from Haddonfield, Illinois, carves out a horrible, stolen trail of the 2018 Halloween movie.
You have to see this movie first, because director David Gordon Green chooses where the events end: Lori Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) mixes up and Myers stays in the basement. What could be wrong?
The first film, “Halloween Kills,” burns between the current plot, which is set in 1978 and 2018. Hudfonfield residents who survived the first encounter with their connective tissue form, including Lori and Hawkin’s deputy (Will Patton, and Thomas Mann). Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall). Hall’s Tommy is a red-faced powder, thin-coated, good childhood charm. Turning the townspeople into a crowd to remove Mayers, he shouted, “Evil dies tonight!” and the January 6 uprising across the local hospital halls, very similar to the image of the uprising at the Capitol.
If Green wants to write cultural reviews, he’ll drop the subject too quickly – with an interest in Lori. Curtis showed a play reminiscent of Linda Hamilton in the last episode, whose stern and disgusting demeanor was saved when the killer reappeared. Here he spends most of the film in the hospital or in bed. Her daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andy Matichak) carry more heavy loads – screaming. At the very least, Curtis gets a note of loneliness from the film as Lori hits a painful painkiller hard on her cheeks.
Meanwhile, Michael Myers – a once cunning-crazy kid in a man’s body – has become a supervisor. He’s incapable of killing, his rubber mask is so thick that he seems to have recorded emotions. Being a murder machine removes the tension from chasing victims, doesn’t it? If Michael’s lifeless eyes cling to the target, the next few minutes will be a foregone conclusion.
Green violently doubles his stomach as Shape walks around the city and closes his eyes. He is an equal opportunity killer, whose victims range from teenagers to the elderly. As usual, he returns home, where a gay couple (Michael McDonald and Scott McArthur) decorate the place and enjoy living at the scene of the crime where a young Myers stabbed his sister to death.
The second films in the trilogies are often difficult to pull off. Maybe in Green’s last chapter, “Halloween is over,” he’ll redeem what he did here, which ultimately seems like very little development.
Consider John Carpenter’s amazing soundtracks and the “Halloween” holiday we’ve seen hiding in the shadows. Maybe an evening at the franchise would be inevitable, but I still light a candle for the old school because we didn’t have to have our throats surgically torn to feel anything.