Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills ★★

I really liked David Gordon Green’s Halloween, but this sequel left me incredibly frustrated. The best part of the last - the exploration of survivor’s guilt through the character of Jamie Lee Curtis’s Laurie Strode - is sidelined in favor of an asinine exploration of mob mentality that is badly straining for social relevance. The characters are beyond idiotic, which is par for the course with slashers, but the ways in which they are idiotic here strains credulity past the breaking point for a film that is also attempting to be a continuation of Laurie and her family’s impressively nuanced story. The brutality of the kills is shocking in all the right ways, but the insistence on psychoanalyzing/explaining Michael stops the film cold. Sets up the final chapter of this proposed trilogy pretty well, but a mostly dispiriting middle entry.

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