Script riddled with clichés, fails to deliver scares

  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Thomas Mann, Anthony Michael Hall, Dylan Arnold
  • Genre: Slasher horror
  • Country/Language: USA/English
  • Duration: 1 hr 45 minutes
  • Release date: October 29, 2021
  • Rating: 18+

Every year, around late October, we see a big horror film released so as to capitalize on the spooky festival. This year, it is David Gordon Green’s ‘Halloween Kills’, the latest Hollywood slasher film that flies on the wings of its iconic predecessor, ‘Halloween’ (1978). The new film is the twelfth movie of the ‘Halloween‘ franchise… That’s right, the twelfth.

The iconic villain, Michael Myers, returns to the sleepy town of Haddonfield for the umpteenth time to continue his killing spree. He wears his usual white mask while murdering, and we never get a clear view of his face. That’s a smart concept as the horror becomes greater than just a man or his face. Michael becomes something you can’t put a finger on, something indefinable and therefore, more disturbing. And that is easily the best thing about this movie. However, aside from exploring this intangible concept of ‘evil’, everything else about this horror film attempt fails.

Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween Kills (2021)

The extremely gory movie lacks any genuinely scary moments, and practically all of the death scenes are a carbon copy of each other but with slight variations. The scene usually has a group of townspeople gathered together to catch Michael Myers. Then a person, usually a man, hears something and wanders away from the others. They walk up a dark staircase or inside a dark room in spite of the red flags screaming at them to not go further. And yet, they curiously go forward to inspect. And get terrified when the masked man ambushes them with a sharp object.

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