On the Violence of HALLOWEEN KILLS

The purpose, as much as Normie would like to believe otherwise, is not just to get Normie’s knickers in a twist. Yeah, that for sure has happened; Normie is complaining aplenty, and loudly, about just how atwist those knickers currently are. But director David Gordon Green didn’t set out specifically to get Normie upset. Rather it just happened matter-of-factly. It happened as the logical reaction to the onscreen trauma depicted in HALLOWEEN KILLS. As much as Normie might like to believe it is about him, collectively, the title of the movie was never meant to be HALLOWEEN UPSETS NORMIE.

John Carpenter’s original classic HALLOWEEN managed to achieve its effect without having to depict much actual violence. Could HALLOWEEN KILLS have done the same? I don’t think it’s fair to expect that of the film. Times have changed. Tastes have changed. HALLOWEEN KILLS is the perfect Slasher movie for today, the perfect and accurate measure of the zeitgeist and ortgeist. Usually I advocate for “less is more” insofar as gore and the HALLOWEEN franchise are concerned. But HALLOWEEN KILLS *needs* to be as overtly violent as it is, concerning as it does the effects of violence on a human community.

By erasing all the HALLOWEEN sequels, as this new timeline did, they robbed Michael of much of his body count, relegating him to the relatively few people he slaughtered in the original film. Boy does he make up for it in HALLOWEEN KILLS! It’s almost like Michael, aware of the multiverse and in a sense remembering all those murders he committed in a parallel timeline, felt the need to play catch-up.

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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