Halloween (2021) Movie Review


Universal Studios

A promotional poster before the set release of Halloween Kills (2021).

Jaden Kline, Writer

Halloween Kills (2021) is an R-rated horror film. It is the twelfth film in the Halloween franchise. It will be followed by Halloween Ends (2022) next year. For now, the franchise only has a set of thirteen movies. It is unclear if Halloween Ends (2022) is in current production, given they already have a release date of 2022.

Fans are excited for the new installment in the franchise, as the prelude, Halloween (2018), was very popular, and set the record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film, a huge achievement considering the lead role was a woman.

As of October 18th, Halloween Kills has earned a whopping $50.4M at the box office. However, the movie itself received mixed reviews, much like other slasher movies outside of the Halloween series.

Two people, Mr. Andrew Davis, The Oakdale High IT guy, and Kaitlyn Peachey, a senior at Oakdale High, both saw the movie Saturday night, October 16th. They decided that, since Halloween is steadily approaching, they would see it.

Mr. Davis writes, in regards to the length of the movie and his thoughts on it, “I think they went too far in the typical horror movie cliches but it was the right length.”

Peachey, however, slightly disagrees, “The movie was too short, but I feel like if the movie was longer, it would waste time.”

However, both Peachey and Mr. Davis found themselves bewildered and angry at how the characters handled their interactions with Michael Myers. They both had comments about the plot as well.

Mr. Davis explained, “The plot was a typical Halloween slasher movie. I mean, generally speaking, it was exactly what it was supposed to be. I think the plot was just a string of taking horror slasher cliches and seeing how far they could take them. There were many extremes that made the movie… less believable.”

They both also discussed their least favorite characters. Peachey said, “I hated Tommy. He kept on bossing people around to the point where I found hatred in his voice.”

Mr. Davis responded, “It’s hard to pick just one, but the police portrayal in the movie was the worst.”

All in all, Mr.Davis and Peachey did not seem to like the movie as much as some other fans might have. It is still doing well in the box office. As of October 20th, Halloween Kills has made $57.7M in the box office, a 6/10 on IMDb, and 39% rotten tomatoes. Director David Gordon Green is really cutting it at the box office.