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The newest addition to the Halloween movie series is finally out: Halloween Kills. As a long-time fan of this series, I saw the film the night it came out. Here are some of my key takeaways, but first, warning: SPOILER ALERTS!!!

Michael Myers is back, once again terrorizing the people of Haddonfield, and he is more aggressive than ever, which is pretty interesting considering the fact that he is well over the age of fifty. Halloween Kills begins with firefighters heading to Laurie Strode’s house after she had set the basement on fire in an attempt to kill Michael and end the terror in the previous Halloween movie. Michael escapes the fire, brutally murders all of the firefighters on the scene, and proceeds to walk into town to begin his annual Halloween killing spree.

The kills in this movie are gorier than they’ve ever been and Myers seems to overkill quite a bit. Personally, I’m more of a suspense lover, so the gruesome scenes are not always my cup of tea. I will say, however, that I absolutely love how the directors used the same font and color for the title and credits of the movie as they did in the original Halloween that premiered in 1978. The music directors also used the same music from the original movie, which gives a nostalgic feel and adds to the suspense and thrill of the movie. 

The makers of Halloween Kills brought back some cast members from the original movie, which, in my opinion, was a very smart move on their part. Little Lindsey Wallace and Tommy Doyle, now grown adults, were featured in the film. They formed an alliance with many of the townspeople, including Strode’s granddaughter, and went on a mission to seek out Myers and end his reign of terror once and for all. Throughout the movie, Doyle kept shouting, “Evil dies tonight!” Marion, the nurse from the original Halloween was also brought back, although, she was only in the movie for a short period of time. 

“Evil dies tonight!”

One thing in particular that I enjoyed about this movie was that the people of Haddonfield were not running away from Myers; they were trying to find him and fight back. FINALLY. My favorite scene in the film was when the townspeople, including Strode’s daughter and granddaughter, found Myers and fought him; they were finally taking control and fighting back on behalf of all of his victims and for their own lives. Of course, because Myers is so strong, he was able to take down all of the people fighting him, but I suppose of course this had to happen in order for there to be another movie. 

The ending of Halloween Kills had me confused, shocked, and upset. As Laurie’s daughter, Karen, went upstairs in the Myers house and looked out of the window, Myers crept up behind her and it appeared that he stabbed her to death – however, I couldn’t be sure. I’m really hoping that Karen is still alive so that she can ultimately take down Myers with her mother and daughter; unfortunately, we’ll have to wait another year to know for sure. Halloween Ends is supposed to be the final film of the series, coming out next year, but honestly who knows at this point for sure when the series will end?

Hi! I'm Lilly, and I am a senior communications major at the University of Connecticut.
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