You Can’t Kill the Boogeyman

Halloween KillsSPOILERS for this and some other movies in the franchise! It’s not entirely fair to blame a day of the year for the people who die then, is it? Seriously, it’s a strange title, but that doesn’t have much bearing on anything. It picks up where the previous film left off, with Laurie Strode and her remaining family blowing up her house with Michael Myers inside. But he survives, because he’s gone through much worse. Except that’s not entirely true, as these sequels are only following the first movie, so his living through a hospital fire is no longer part of his back story. And it’s not like the films that were supposed to be in the same continuity really paid that much attention either. Both Michael and Dr. Loomis were originally supposed to die in the fire at the end of Halloween 2, but someone wanted to make another one, so they lived. The end of 4 suggests Jamie Lloyd is turning evil, but they backpedal on that in the next one. Laurie cuts off Michael’s head in H20, then they say that isn’t really him. It’s all pretty sloppy, is what I’m saying. Since they’re saying 2 never happened, they had to come up with a new explanation of what happened to Michael after the first one, and it’s basically that he killed some more people, went back to his old house, and was captured and brought back to the mental hospital, where he stayed for forty years without incident until his new psychiatrist decided it would be a fascinating experiment to let him go on another murderous rampage. He still got up after being shot six times, but it kind of seems like Laurie and some other characters realize Michael is some practically unstoppable force when there’s no indication of that. The audience knows because we’re aware of the sequels, but the people in the movie shouldn’t know what we know from alternate timelines. You could say that these films are more about atmosphere than story, but we didn’t really get too much of that here either. Michael is still sneaking up on people and murdering them, but it’s nowhere near as creepy or creative as in the 2018 movie. That’s partially because he isn’t really the focus, as we instead mostly follow an angry mob led by Tommy Doyle, one of the kids Laurie was babysitting in the first movie. I believe Tommy showed up in The Curse of Michael Myers as well, but that’s now an alternate continuity and I don’t remember it very well anyway. The mob chases a confused mental patient who escaped from the hospital the same time Michael did, forcing him to jump out a window to his death. They eventually find the real Michael and beat him to what would normally be a pulp, but he lives and starts killing everyone there. Laurie, who’s still in the hospital, comes to the realization that Michael is a symbol of fear who can’t be beaten by violence, although I’m not sure how she came to this conclusion. So the moral is that angry mobs are a bad idea and two wrongs don’t make a right? That’s pretty trite at this point, although an obvious lesson wouldn’t have ruined the movie if it had just been more interesting. Despite this, I’m still curious as to what they’re going to do with the next sequel. On the plus side, I did appreciate another reference to the Halloween 3 masks, and the gay couple who lived in the old Myers house were pretty charming.

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