The early reviews are in for Halloween Kills are in, and they are decidedly mixed.
As reported by Digital Spy, the critical reactions for the twelfth film in the franchise have been split right down the middle.
The new film sees Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) once again attempt to stop the murderous rampage of Michael Myers.
“A mess” Vs “delivers gory fun”
The film had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Monday 6 September.
Several critics heaped praise on the film, as IGN wrote:
It still delivers gory fun, fantastic performances, and an electrifying score from John Carpenter. There are enough callbacks to the original film to satisfy Carpenter fans while also expanding the mythology around Michael Myers and the town of Haddonfield in meaningful ways.
Similarly, the Guardian commented:
Forty years after John Carpenter made the defining slasher movie, director David Gordon Green has made a creditable stab, as it were, at reanimating the title.
On the other hand, other critics weren’t so keen on the film.
The Hollywood Reporter critic was not impressed saying:
Maybe it’s ‘A franchise dies tonight’? I might have misheard. Either way, this latest instalment is like a latex ghoul mask so stretched and shapeless it no longer fits.”
The critic for Variety also stuck the knife in:
It’s a mess — a slasher movie that’s almost never scary, slathered with ‘topical’ pablum and with too many parallel plot strands that don’t go anywhere.
With such a divide among the critics, this sounds like it’ll be one for us to go and see for ourselves which side we land on.
Halloween Kills arrives in cinemas on October 15, 2021.
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