Halloween Kills: Where did the old Micheal go?

The Micheal Myers of the past has been sacrificed to the modern horror movie cliche. Spoilers for Halloween (2018) are ahead.

Michael Myers, the main antagonist of the Halloween series, is one of the most well-known horror movie villains of all time. With 12 movies and counting, one might assume that the  franchise has lost its charm. But while the newer additions are entertaining, they don’t deliver the same scares that they used to. 

Halloween Kills opens up right where the previous film left off with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) making her escape from her deadly second encounter with Michael after 40 years of living in fear. Laurie makes it to the hospital assuming that Michael is finally gone and her and her family are safe. But that is very much not the case when Michael escapes from Laurie’s burning home to continue his killing spree. 

The recent additions to the Halloween movies take an interesting approach by pretty much ignoring everything that happens in the previous movies, besides the original Halloween. We are led to believe that Laurie has not had any other encounter with Michael since that first halloween night way back then. This approach leaves a lot of major plot points from the old franchise out, like the fact that Micheal is related to Laurie. The creators may have made this decision to make the movie more clean-cut and understandable, but at the end of the day it feels like they threw Jamie Lee Curtis into the Halloween movies again for a quick buck. 

The entire town of Haddonfield is still greatly affected by that fateful Halloween so many years ago and that fear turns into panic when the public learns of Micheal being out. The townsfolk form a mob led by three people who came face to face with Micheal when they were children. While the idea of teaming up to end Micheal may sound like a good idea, it’s horribly executed. Most of the time the mob is chasing after people only thought to be Micheal and not Micheal himself. The film is obviously trying to make a statement about mob mentality, but it’s poorly done. It just leads to a good chunk of the movie being devoted to people running around and screaming .  

The main issue with the movie is how Micheal Myers’ character has changed. In the original films, Micheal is presented as a man with no emotion. He kills just because he can – not because he gets much of anything out of it. This is what makes Micheal special in terms of horror movie villains. This all changes in Halloween Kills. Micheal’s behavior is much more violent and angry: he kills people in ways that lead them to believe he’s enjoying what he’s doing. This makes him feel more like a boring slasher character than a complex one, Halloween Kills presents a killer who gains pleasure from chaos and violence and that’s completely different from his original character. 

Overall Halloween Kills is a disappointing addition to the Halloween franchise. It’s still scary at times and is fine for anyone looking for a basic Halloween scare, but for die-hard Halloween fans this feels like nothing more than a cash grab.