‘Halloween Kills’ continues the mayhem where previous movie left off


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    Lovers of the “Halloween” series would fall head over heels for the newest of the collection, “Halloween Kills.” The movie came out on Oct. 15, 2021, with the ability to stream it on Peacock while also showing at theaters. The film starts where the previous one left off. The three movies are in chronological order from the first one made in 1978 to 2021, ignoring sequels made between then and now. However, the newest one is continuing off on Halloween night where the second one ended in 2018, 40 years since the first film in 1978.

   The movies have had a good consistency with keeping the original actors and actresses from the original film in the movie. Laurie Strode, still played by Jamie Lee Curtis, has gone through life in fear of Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) for good reason, as he killed three people and he came after her when she was a teenager, despite her daughter’s suggestions to leave everything in the past and just forget, Karen Nelson (Judy Greer). After watching Myers put fear into everyone as he goes on a killing spree, she starts to believe her mother and brings her daughter Allyson Nelson (Andi Matichak), and her husband Ray Nelson (Toby Huss) to her mother’s house. As this is the main plot for the 2018 “Halloween,” it allows the viewers for the new film to understand what is happening and why.

   After believing Myers to be dead, the 2018 “Halloween” ends. However, he walks out of a house of flames to continue his spree. The movie brings in characters from the original film who survived Myers, who are trying to spread awareness of the serial killer that has haunted their everyday lives. Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall), the boy Strode was babysitting in the first flim, Marion Chambers (Nancy Stephens), Lonnie Elam (Robert Longstreet), and Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards) are people trying to spread Myers’ story.  

   The movie rating set at R is an understatement. The film is filled with gore and morbidity, expanding the plot of Myers’ inhuman qualities. Even though Myers has been stabbed, shot, and hit in every film, it seems to make him stronger than any human. The crazed serial killer murders without remorse and never speaks on why he kills.

   The movie itself has great consistency when it comes to a timeline. It is hard to get lost in what is happening in the film, even while it switches back and forth between Allyson, Karen, and Tommy as they focus on Myers. The director, David Green, uses specific lighting to depict the time of night when switching between these characters.

   The famous “Halloween Theme” pops up with Myers. Keeping the audience on their toes as they know what it means when the theme pops up, he is going to kill. The music has followed him through all three films and will continue to do so. The original director for the films, John Carpenter, made the soundtrack on his own as the film had a low budget and he grew up studying music. Keeping the theme song in all the movies makes fans excited as the eerie music appears knowing they have something to rely on when it comes to a new movie to be released.

   Something that has fans on the edge of their seat is hoping to see Myers’s face that he keeps hidden under that famous Halloween mask he picked up after escaping prison in the original, which adds an even more mysterious feeling to the serial killer by not knowing what he looks like. The mask has ripped from being stabbed, bloodied from killing, and now melted from the fire he was in. In all the films the director teases the audience on what he looks like by showing the back, side, or even his whole face but keeps it dark or blurred. The film has had a great opening when it comes to reviews and will hopefully continue to rise in numbers as viewers stream or go to watch the film in the community.