Movie Review: Halloween Kills

“Halloween Kills,” a sequel to 2018’s Halloween, showed how weaponizing pain can cause individuals to become as depraved as the entity they are fighting.

The writers Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Scott Teems hoped to accomplish that, in addition to addressing those Haddonfield residents who have also been impacted by Michael Myers’ attacks beyond the Strode family. In spite of a plethora of grisly kills and thrills, the film’s tone is too uneven, and the story so superficial that it does little to advance the story, which should be completed in one more movie.

Directed by Green (who has directed the previous installments as well), “Halloween Kills” takes place immediately after the events of “Halloween” and is set in the same night as its predecessor. Allyson (Andi Matichak), Laurie’s granddaughter, travels to the hospital with her mother Karen (Judy Greer) following the attack by Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney).

Michael is once again on the loose after he is discovered not to have died in the house fire he was trapped in. An evening of remembrance for Haddonfield’s original 1978 attacks brings a group of survivors together to remember the anniversary. The group rallies together to defeat Michael for good.

There are many references and callbacks to the original film in the new one, as well as characters played by the original actor. These include Kyle Richards as Lindsay, one of the kids Laurie babysat in 1978, Nancy Stephens as Dr. Sam Loomis’ former assistant Marion Chambers, and Charles Cyphers as former Haddonfield sheriff Leigh Brackett, whose daughter was killed in the 1978 attack. Another old character resurrected by new characters is Lonnie Elam played by Robert Longstreet and Tommy Doyle, another child Laurie babysat who becomes the child leader.

The way “Halloween Kills” expands on the original story is unnecessary. The movie opens with a flashback to 1978 during which deputy Frank Hawkins is accidentally shot and killed by his officer and then prevents Dr. Loomis from carrying out Michael’s execution, a decision he regrets looking back on the moment.

It doesn’t do much to increase the importance of the original movie or of the current storyline. While the movie is frequently more about pleasing the fans-which is fine if they like it-than telling the story that the first film set up as focusing on three generations of Strode women, it is often more about satisfying the fans than telling the story. Their presence is almost nonexistent as “Halloween Kills” focuses on a bunch of clumsy fools’ efforts to foil Michael. Although the film is supposed to be about trauma, Karen and Allyson barely even mourn their father and husband’s deaths. He is barely even mentioned.

It’s also at this point that the movie feels like it doesn’t fully understand what it’s trying to be. We already know where Michael is located at the beginning of the film, so the action doesn’t really build up, and the scenes go back and forth between serious and slapstick. Almost comically, when a group of characters runs into Michael, he kills them one by one, as their stupid, halfhearted attempts at survival are swiftly thwarted.

Although I have to admit that a lot of these scenes are fun, the movie also makes an attempt to be a cautionary tale that doesn’t mesh well with the rest of the film. Tommy whips the crowd into a vengeful frenzy, chanting “evil dies tonight,” as they prepare to bring down Michael in the hospital. The horrible consequences of their violent lust result in them attacking the first person they see who is suspicious. The film’s aim is to explore the idea of a monster creating even more monsters, and thus, creating even more monsters, but the concept is handled poorly, and is not woven into the story.

In spite of what many have said, “Halloween Kills” is not a bad movie. Blood and guts are plentiful in slasher films. Nevertheless, there are many dialogues that could have been cut, as they don’t feel natural at all. Despite its epic nature, it’s hard not to wonder exactly what the point of this film is when it ends almost in the same place we started.

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Get Free Comic Books During Halloween ComicFest


Get Free Comic Books During Halloween ComicFest

Comic and pop-culture fans are encouraged to visit their local comic shop on Saturday, October 31st for free comics and participate in Halloween activities, shopping and fun!

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (October 26, 2015) — In 5 days, participating comic shops across the US, Canada and internationally will hand out more than 1.75 million  free comics to anyone who comes into their shop to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year- Halloween ComicFest! On Saturday, October 31st, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 21 free designated Halloween ComicFest comics and participate in fun Halloween related activities comic shops host for fans of all ages.

During Halloween ComicFest (HCF), 21 free comics, including 13 full-size and eight mini-comics will be given out, with titles including DC Comcs’ Harley Quinn and Batman Adventures, Marvel’s Dr. Strange and Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers #1, Sabrina, Archie, Donald Duck, Skylanders and other great titles for comic readers of all ages to snatch up for a thrilling read.

During October through Halloween ComicFest, comic shops will have Halloween ComicFest mini packs available to purchase. Each pack contains 25 single HCF mini-comics that are great to pass out on Halloween to trick-or-treaters, providing a healthy alternative to candy, great stories that keep kids reading and wanting to return to comic shops for more!

Currently taking place on the Halloween ComicFest website and running until November 10th is “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever”.  Anyone can enter one of five categories just by uploading a picture of themselves in costume holding one of the free Halloween ComicFest 2015 comics and submitting it into the appropriate category on the contest site. Prizes include $500 and $100 shopping sprees to the winner’s comic shop of choice in addition to category prizes for the participants who receive the most votes for their costume!  Voting runs from November 3rd to 10th but anyone can submit their Halloween ComicFest costume contest photo through the 10th.  It is crucial to remember that only photos with a Halloween ComicFest 2015 comic in the picture will be accepted.

“We want communities to participate in Halloween ComicFest to not only discover various types of comics from the great selection offered, but to see comic shops as fun Halloween destinations, a great place to meet like-minded people, and to discover the new, cool comic and pop-culture items available each week and all throughout the year,” said Halloween ComicFest spokesperson Deborah Moreland. “This year there are more comic shops participating and more free comics that will be handed out, making it a great sign that retailers are expecting for more fans to celebrate Halloween with them!”

For more information about Halloween ComicFest, the free comics, costume contest, and to find a participating comic shop, go to So get in your Halloween costumes and take your family and friends to check out free comics and have fun at your local comic shop!