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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie awkwardly tries to critique mob mentality (i.e., how quickly groupthink can become dangerous and violent). Clumsily tries to describe the evil of Michael Myers as a kind of collective thing, an embodiment of fear itself. So, as long as we fear -- and divide ourselves through hate -- Michael will keep coming.
Positive Role Models
No role models. Even Laurie Strode's "strong survivor" mode isn't really in evidence here; she spends the movie wounded and in hospital, mostly screaming in pain and/or shrieking at people. Laurie's daughter, Karen, tries to protect a man from the angry mob, but her efforts quickly fall apart.
Makes a clear effort to feature a diverse cast. Characters include a Black couple, a queer couple, an interracial couple, Black police officers and medical workers, and a Black sheriff. And main characters include three generations of powerful women. But, unfortunately, these efforts feel wasted, as most of them become Michael's bloody victims. You could even argue that the movie is anti-progressive in its brutal killing of so many diverse characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Dozens of characters are killed or maimed in intensely brutal, gory ways. Tons of blood: bloody wounds, blood sprays, gushing blood. Gory dead bodies displayed. Characters stabbed, impaled with knives/sharp objects. Killer bashes victims against hard surfaces. Woman stabbed with broken fluorescent light bulb. Stabbing in eye. Eyes gouged out. Character shot in head. Character's head twisted. Stomach surgery. Guns and shooting. Angry mob shoving, pushing, punching, and beating/hitting killer with bats, sticks, blades, bricks, etc. Killer stabbed with pitchfork. Person jumps from high window; smashed body shown on pavement. Character falls down stairs, breaking leg. House on fire. Dog corpse. Woman screams in pain. Bullies picking on a child. Kids play a prank involving razor blade stuck in candy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Woman in "sexy nurse" Halloween costume.
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Several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and "ass," plus uses of "motherf----r," "damn," "t-ts," "bitch," and "goddamn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in bar. Minor character smokes pot. Dialogue about "buying peyote" and "doing drugs." Pain meds in hospital.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Halloween Kills is the direct sequel to the 2018 reboot Halloween and picks up immediately where that film left off. Fans' favorite characters are mostly injured here, and the thin "story" involves an angry mob, lots of shouting, and so many killings that it becomes numbing. Dozens of characters die in grisly, brutal ways, and there's tons of blood -- spurting, gushing, and oozing -- as well as horrific corpses. Characters are stabbed in the eye, eyes are gouged, a person jumps from up high and spatters on the pavement, and an angry mob attacks. You'll also see guns and shooting, stabbing, slicing, bashing, bullies, and much, much more. Language is strong, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "t-ts," "a--hole," and more. Characters drink socially at a bar, smoke pot at home, and take pain meds in a hospital; there are also references to buying peyote and doing drugs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Compared to his successful, well-crafted 2018 reboot, director David Gordon Green's sequel is its opposite: an unshaped, overwrought cacophony of shouting and dozens of tiresomely brutal killings. Green seems to have been inspired by the events of the original Halloween II (1981), which took place late on the same Halloween night as the original Halloween and was set largely in a hospital, where Laurie was being treated and where Michael Myers was heading. While that movie tried to re-create the feel of the original (and partly succeeded, thanks to John Carpenter's help as co-writer, co-producer, co-composer, and possible uncredited co-director), Green goes for an even more chaotic look and feel for Halloween Kills. Rather than an eerily empty, after-hours hospital, Green's hospital is filled with caterwauling, writhing, stacked-up people who must climb over one another to reach the exits.
The angry mob rises unreasonably quickly, so much so that it inspires aggravation rather than sad, weary understanding, and the rage-chanting ("Evil dies tonight!") becomes meaningless in the absence of any real character. (Two of the original actors, survivors of the 1978 movie, reprise their characters here, 43 years later, but the movie does little with them than point them out.) But it's the killings that bring this one down. Rather than a few well-placed, suspense-building deaths, this one lays them on one after another, in the dozens, almost constantly for 105 minutes, with little variation -- and with little to care about. This is less a movie called Halloween Kills and more a movie that has likely killed Halloween.
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