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HALLOWEEN KILLS
Rated: R
Release Date: October 15, 2021
Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Will Patton, Andi Matichak
Plot: Somehow Michael Myers escapes an inferno and continues his murderous rampage across town
 
Clint Says: Don't even bother
 

 

This second film (of a planned trilogy), is as bad of a horror flick as I have seen in a long time. It's both surprising and disappointing, because the first one almost good. While the 2018 opener was not much more than a slasher flick, at least it had some semblance of a plot. This one is nothing more than odd "flashbacks" and gruesome, but oddly silly, killing vignettes.
 
Typically dialogue doesn't really make an impact in a horror flick. You know what is going on, and the lines used are the necessary vessels to get the plot to the end. Very rarely does anyone find flowing prose coming from the mouth of a stumbling co-ed or a slow-walking bad guy. But the dialogue in this film is so mind-numbingly stupid, that even the most forgiving of horror fans will have to admit this script must have taken about 2 hours to write. 
 
In fact, the script is so bad I feel it necessary to warn you, do not play a drinking game with the phrases, "he's been terrorizing this town for 40 years," or, "evil dies tonight." If you do you will have alcohol poisoning 40 minutes into the movie. (And that's only about half of the mentions that happen before the end credits).
 
Another thing that makes this movie so bad is that the main character has almost zero to do with the plot. Basically, Jamie Lee Curtis spends the entire movie in a hospital bed while all of the action happens elsewhere. It's a very strange (non) use of the top-billed star. 
 
This movie is so bad that there is no reason why you should see it in theaters. In fact, there would be no reason for you to go to the big screen even if it was good, because they released this on the same day on Peacock with no additional fee. So, even if you don't subscribe to Peacock, you could do a trial and watch this for free. But I'm telling you right now, it's not even worth the time it takes to set up a free trial account. 
 
Let's all hope that the third film will finally redeem this franchise. But just like people always believing Michael Myers is dead, I'm not betting on it. 
 
 

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