Movie Review: HALLOWEEN KILLS

There are people who are complaining that the social commentary in the movie detracts from the storyline and bogs it down. And then there are people who are arguing that there is no social commentary and it’s all just so much carnage. (No, he’s in another movie that’s out right now.) There are those who are saying the movie is just a placeholder between the first and third entries in the trilogy with no actual story progression of its own. (I heard this same absurd thing said about THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, and it was said back in the day about THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!) I don’t know what to tell you, folks. There are people who will stand in the rain and not even realize they are getting wet. And there are people who will stand in the rain and swear on their mothers’ graves that it isn’t raining. Here at this site we try to report the weather accurately.

HALLOWEEN KILLS is magnificent. It’s a masterpiece. Contrary to what some have argued, the movie is packed to the gills with subtext. What it’s about—the “what” as opposed to the “plot”, as Faulkner put it—is the people of Haddonfield, and the ways they have been changed by Michael Myers. Collectively the town itself is a character moreso than it has ever been shown to be. And keeping Michael and Laurie apart isn’t “dragging out” the story. It *is* the story. As Laurie finally figures out, Michael was never after her specifically. She was just the one in front of him. Erasing as this new trilogy does the familial connection between Michael and Laurie, it is revealed that Laurie was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. There was nothing special about her for Michael. And that is scarier than any personal vendetta.

Now, just to show that I can be impartial even with something that I love so much, here are a few minor SPOILER-Y quibbles:

-The staff at Haddonfield Hospital isn’t very professional. Nobody bothered to close the blinds to the window into the morgue, so that anybody passing by couldn’t just look in and gawk at the dead bodies? I suppose one could argue that they were just so overwhelmed that it got overlooked. The same excuse could apply to them letting Laurie keep that big butcher knife.

-One example of the “people in Horror movie make poor decisions” trope: the gay couple going upstairs to look for the person who has broken into their house instead of going outside and dialing 911. It likely wouldn’t have done any good if they had called the cops, but still.

-Are we really supposed to believe that the little kiddies of Haddonfield wouldn’t know which house was the Myers house? Maybe they were supposed to represent the way the current generation is clueless and has forgotten the classics like the original HALLOWEEN?

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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