Whether you love horror movies or you’re a fan of the original, you’re going to be dying to see the latest film in the Halloween franchise — Halloween Kills. In cinemas in Australia now, this film is a sequel to the sequel – Halloween was first released in 1978 and then again in 2018.
In the 2018 sequel, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, raked in over $250 million at the box office worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman.
And it’s obvious the Halloween sequels aren’t over yet. The storyline in Halloween Kills picks up literally minutes after Laurie Strode (Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) have left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement. Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but she believes she’s finally killed her lifelong tormentor.
But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against this unstoppable monster.
The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage and they decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob which sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all.
Because Evil dies tonight.
It’s no stretch of the imagination to see the town’s embrace of vigilantism. As the townspeople’s urge for revenge starts to morph into mass hysteria, it’s easy to see parallels with Trump and anti-vax rioters protests.
The Halloween movies have seen some amazing plot twists and purist fans of the series will probably welcome its return to basics. Halloween Kills shows no reduction in the blood-letting and those who love the horror movie genre will be happy to know, there seems to be one more instalment coming.
As far as reviews go, the Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Consensus was: Halloween Kills should satisfy fans in search of brute slasher thrills, but in terms of advancing the franchise, it’s a bit less than the sum of its bloody parts.
Universal Pictures, Miramax, Blumhouse Productions and Trancas International Films present Halloween Kills, co-starring Will Patton as Officer Frank Hawkins, Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island) and Anthony Michael Hall (The Dark Knight).
From the returning filmmaking team responsible for the 2018 global phenomenon, Halloween Kills is written by Scott Teems (SundanceTV’s Rectify) Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. The film is directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. The executive producers are John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann.
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