The problem with announcing that you’re going to make a trilogy of movies is that you have to make a trilogy of movies. And Halloween killsServing as a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, the second installment of the franchise reboot is a major step back from the refreshingly respectful, competent, and creepy 2018 Halloween. “Evil dies tonight” is the mantra of the Haddonfield residents who are suddenly faced with the same masked threat that terrified them 40 years ago. Yes, but it doesn’t, does it? After all, we know there’s a part three coming.
Michael Myers starts right after the last film ends and is at large in Haddonfield. Despite the best efforts of Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), Karen (Judy Greer), and Allyson (Andi Matichak), The Shape has escaped the burning basement where we last saw him. tries to run away, oddly enough), and carves a murderous path through the city. Meanwhile, Laurie is in the hospital where she has been stabbed several times in the stomach.
When the townspeople learn that their own personal bogeyman has returned, panic sets in. Unwilling for history to repeat itself, they plan to tackle Michael themselves. With many flashbacks to the 1978 incidents, Halloween kills expands on the mythology of the entire series (including Carpenter’s movie) and adds an additional backstory for some familiar and new characters.
If Halloween (2018) was a film about Laurie’s past trauma, Halloween kills is about the trauma of a city. What happens to Haddonfield after Myers’ actions put it on the map? What’s it like when the place you live is forever associated with murder? It gives us the chance to check in with characters from the original, including Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall) and Lonnie Elam (Robert Longstreet), while other recurring characters are even played by the same actors who embodied the roles more than 40 years ago. including Lindsey of Kyle Richards, Leigh Brackett of Charles Cyphers, and Marion of Nancy Stephens, Dr. Loomis. These sure are cool Easter eggs, but even these feel a bit like padding.