SPOILERS FOR HALLOWEEN KILLS
When you get down to it, Michael Myers is a homebody. The same thing tying Jason Voorhees to Camp Crystal Lake and Freddy Krueger to the dream realm ties Michael to the Myers house. This relic of horror and bloodshed should have been demolished by now but instead casts a dark and foreboding shadow across Haddonfield, a bleak reminder of tragic events that birthed a monster and robbed a town of its innocence. Its hold over Michael is mystical in nature, a mirror into the evil lurking behind his mask. His motivations are simple; he kills people on Halloween.
It’s not a quest for vengeance that drives him. It’s not a dark curse forcing him to kill every member of his family. He’s not obsessed with Laurie, contrary to Laurie’s belief. He has the mind of a six-year-old boy, and the Myers house serves as a beacon, calling him home after a night of stalking and murdering.
Let me preface my review with the following: while I’m not a fan of every entry in the series (Halloween 6 and Halloween: Resurrection, I’m looking at you), at the end of the day, I love the franchise and the story of Michael Myers. He’s one of the most iconic villains of the horror genre, an immortal ghoul of pure evil. When the franchise does well, we get more content and more time to spend with Michael and Haddonfield, and that’s a plus in my book. With that out of the way, let’s dive into this latest blood-soaked entry in the series, which I think has some decent ideas and memorable kills, but too many parallel plotlines that distract from the action and revelations that aren’t as earth-shattering as they should be.