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Movie Review: ‘Halloween Kills’ lives up to its name

by Quinn Roseboom

“Halloween Kills” is the second installation of the new Halloween sequel trilogy, with its plot taking place immediately after both the original 1978 film (filling in the gap of how Michael was originally captured) and picking up right where the 2018 film left off.

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Michael Myers (aka The Shape) in Halloween Kills, directed by David Gordon Green.
Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

This new installment in the Halloween franchise really fits in with the rest, with references here and there to the other movies (like the masks from “Halloween 3: Season of the Witch”) and of course it lives up to its title bringing Michael’s kill count higher than ever.

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Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Karen (Judy Greer) in Halloween Kills, directed by David Gordon Green.

While “Halloween 2” (1981) may not be canon to this new trilogy, fans of the film will be excited to return to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, as a large chunk of the plot takes place there. While Laurie is recovering from her stab wound from the 2018 film, the hospital is also used as a point where the Haddonfield community really rallies together, for better or for worse.

My personal favorite part of any Halloween film is always the soundtrack. Something about those synths and iconic themes just really screams the feeling of the season and I believe this movie has the best arrangements of them since the original film.

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(from left) Karen (Judy Greer), Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Allyson (Andi Matichak) in Halloween Kills, directed by David Gordon Green.

“Halloween Kills” is rated R and is now streaming with Peacock Premium and showing in theaters everywhere. If you’re a newcomer to the series, I highly recommend watching both “Halloween” (1978) and “Halloween” (2018) first, as this movie wouldn’t make much sense without first watching those two. Happy Halloween!

In the Parks:

While it’s not part of this current series, guests at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights this year are able to walk through “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.”

Halloween 4 Walkthrough - Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Universal Studios Hollywood

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