Halloween Kills

Michael Myers is back for revenge (again) in "Halloween Kills." Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

It’s hard to keep a good man down, they say, but it seems even harder to keep a bad man down if slasher movies are to be believed. No matter how many times Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees are thwarted by meddling kids, there always seems to be another sequel on the horizon to bring them (and their franchises) back from the undead. The latest slasher series to receive a renaissance is John Carpenter’s Halloween series, in which masked killer Michael Myers terrorizes the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. 

The series functionally ended after 2002’s “Halloween: Resurrection,” leading to a 2007 remake by Rob Zombie and a sequel in 2009. The much-maligned reboot series led to the series being rebooted again with 2018’s “Halloween,” which is a direct sequel to 1978’s “Halloween.” The latest movie in the series, “Halloween Kills,” is either the third, 10th or 12th movie in the franchise depending on how you look at it. Regardless, the movie ultimately feels like more of the same.

The opening scenes of “Halloween Kills” pick up right where the 2018 film left off, so much so that rewatching that one ahead of the sequel is definitely recommended. Viewers will be able to pick up the plot threads quickly regardless, but the new movies tell one continuous narrative  taking place across one Halloween night, so being fresh on the previous movie’s events adds some depth to the story. At the end of the last movie, Myers was left for dead in the burning home of his long-time nemesis Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) as Laurie and her family rode to the hospital to tend to their wounds. As “Halloween Kills” kicks off,  Myers survives the fire — this movie would be a lot shorter otherwise — and makes his way into Haddonfield to continue his reign of terror. Except this time, the town is fighting back.


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