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A Nightmare from Friday to Halloween - Halloween Kills (2021)

The three most prominent American horror franchises (Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street) have influenced American cinema even beyond the horror genre. As of 2021, there are exactly 31 movies across all three franchises, and I am going to attempt to watch all of them, for this Halloween, one per day.

It has been one hell of a journey, but I am finally at the end of my month-long marathon through three horror franchises. It’s been quite illuminating and (very occasionally) rewarding. Halloween Kills is David Gordon Green’s second movie in the new Blumhouse-helmed franchise, and I can applaud it for trying to take the story in a different direction. Michael is much more of an urban legend, except it is much more restricted to Haddonfield. Green actually goes to some lengths to try the flesh out the community of Haddonfield and demonstrate the impact that Michael Myers has had on them despite having been jailed for over 30 years. However, the fact that this is clearly meant to be a franchise with some legs means that Green and McBride have to make some choices that makes it fall into the same old traps that this and the other horror franchises I have explored have been guilty of.

Probably the most controversial part of this movie is the whole mob mentality thing, which, even though Green tries hard to justify it by showing how gruesome the individual killings were, still doesn’t sit well when even big blockbuster movies are questioning vigilantism to some extent. Also, trotting out Jamie Lee Curtis is starting to feel like taking out the elderly person for family photos and going back to ignoring them once the picture is taken. She doesn’t even get that much to do, and she is clearly meant to be passing the mantle to her granddaughter to some extent, but since all the killings kind of run together, that story gets lost in the shuffle. I like Green well enough as a director, but he’s definitely made some movies I don’t like, and I’m not particularly looking forward to seeing the franchise continue in the direction it’s clearly going.


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