Owen Wilson hitchhikes to the “haunted mansion”
The very first public screening of David Gordon Green’s film Halloween kills took place today at the Venice Film Festival, and the feedback / criticism has started to trickle down online.
We were promised a full fledged, full body slasher movie from Halloween kills, and indeed, it looks like the sequel unleashes Michael Myers to his greatest wrath yet. Many social media reactions and reviews that arrive so far praise the incredible brutality of Michael’s return to the big screen, as well as the “shocking” killings he offers.
Collider Rafael Motamayor tweets, “Halloween kills is a darker, meaner, and more disturbing entry in the franchise. The murders are absolutely brutal and shocking in the best possible way. It was great to see old characters again, and there is a flashback that blew me away.
Written by Ben Rolph, the review on Discussing Film calls it “the bloody roller coaster of a film with some of the knottiest murders the slasher franchise has ever created. “
Beyond the festival praise tweets for the movie “[over the top] kills that we haven’t seen for 40 years. Relentless, outrageous and incredible to watch with an audience, it’s crazy. “
Ben Rolph tweets, “Perhaps this is one of the most brutal movies ever made? Rolph also praises the film for being “quite refreshing as it takes surprising turns in its history.”
On that note, Marshall Shaffer’s Slash Film review also touches on the surprises found in Halloween kills. Without spoiling anything, Marshall writes: “[The filmmakers] move away a little from the formula with the exciting and energizing effect. It’s a worthy series entry that manages that delicate balance of delivering enough of what longtime fans have come to expect while also bringing unique thinking and perspective to the well-known property.
Asher Luberto calls the film an “effective sequel” in the review of The Wrap. Asher writes: “Halloween kills isn’t just a gore festival – it’s about the generational trauma inflicted on Haddonfield. Action sequences are more than simple action sequences; in Green’s social allegory, they are a way for citizens to confront their trauma, rage, oppression, and reclaim their power and agency through revenge. We see Haddonfield not only as the victim of a masked aggressor, but also as a victim of larger forces who will stop at nothing to dehumanize their community.
Some of the other comments, well, they’re not that nice. Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney notes that the film “amplifies violence and gore at the expense of real scares or even a minimum of suspense.” Rooney also writes: “This latest opus is like a latex ghoul mask so stretched and shapeless that it no longer holds. “
Jessica Kiang’s review for The Playlist notes that the film’s murders are a case of “quantity over quality” and that the rest of the story is left out. Jessica writes: “In an effort to remake and refresh the franchise’s mythology, the writers have stepped dangerously far from getting rid of it altogether., virtually destroying any substance’s only relationship, and the only one we really care about: that semi-mystical, oddly symbiotic bond between Laurie Strode and her eternal faceless enemy.
Ben Croll’s review of Indiewire gives the film a C +, saying Halloween kills To “a little more to offer than a raised body count on a fan service bed. “
Back to Rafael Motamayor’s tweet, he explains that a drawback to Halloween kills It is what it is “100% half a film. “Rafael ends his thoughts with a joke,” and it ends abruptly … “
Wendy Ide’s Screen Daily review similarly states: “The law of consecutive diminishing returns applies here, especially for the fact that another film, Halloween ends, is slated for release in October 2022, putting an ax to any hope of closing in this installment instead. “
Owen Gleiberman’s review for Variety reads: “It’s a mess – a slasher movie that is almost never scary, covered in “topical” pablum and too many parallel plot threads that go nowhere. “
As for the Bloody Disgusting review, it’s coming soon. Stay tuned…
Michael Myers returns to theaters on October 15.
here is the official Halloween kills synopsis…
“The Halloween night Michael Myers returned to isn’t over yet.
“Minutes after Laurie Strode (Jamie lee curtis), his daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and his granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left the masked monster Michael Myers caged and on fire in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to hospital with fatal injuries, believing that she ultimately killed her lifelong tormentor.
“But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights his pain and prepares to defend against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. The Strode Women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt down Michael, once and for all. Evil dies tonight.
The cast includes Jamie lee curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak and Robert longstreet, with the original Halloween actor Charles Figures back as Sheriff Leigh Brackett.
Anthony michael hall Also stars in the new film as Tommy Doyle, with the returning Kyle richards as Lindsey Wallace and Nancy stephens as nurse Marion Chambers.
Gordon Green wrote the screenplay with Danny mcbride and scott.