After the failure of trying to make Halloween an anthology series, Michael Meyers was brought back with what is definitely not the worst horror sequel ever made and yet it’s safe to say it does not live up to its predecessors. Let’s have a look at why that is, shall we? 

The absence of the best final girl shows 

It’s no secret that Laurie Strode is one of the top final girls of all time. While it’s arguable what her character could’ve been up to in this instalment (as her running away from Michael once again might’ve got a bit old), there’s no denying; the soft reboot the movie was going for hurt the overall picture, hard. That said, Jamie is without a doubt a likeable character (although the film leans into the bullied underdog aspect a lot). 

Her sister Rachel though? Not so much, at least in the first half. Only when the bloodbath begins does she sort her crap out, ditches her cheating boyfriend and does everything she can to protect her foster sister. Still, even with best efforts, she is no match for Laurie. 

Thankfully, Donald Pleasance’s Dr Loomis elevates the quality of the film with his stellar performance but there is only so much he can do with his limited screen time. The rest of the characters are, let’s face it, completely irrelevant and just there for the picking. 

Tension completely abolished 

This might be subjective but personally, I did not find this one scary at all. Apart from a couple of moments at the beginning and perhaps the very end scene, there was no tension. Doesn’t help that Michael’s mask is laughable (his different masks could have their own ranking article and I’m sure there’s one somewhere). His kills are absolutely more violent, even more so than in Halloween II, however, that doesn’t necessarily add to the scare factor, it’s just that, excessive violence. While appropriate for the slasher, it steers into the gore valley rather than terror.

A man in white mask and a black track suit is looking at someone off camera.
I will shop at a dollar store for my mask again (source: https://www.themoviebuff.net)

The mob hunt sequence also took me out of the mood as it felt like the movie was trying to be an action thriller rather than a horror feature. This was a lot better portrayed in Halloween Kills, although still quite out of place if you ask me. Here it was almost laughable. 

The infamous ending feels cheap 

Those who have seen this movie definitely remember the ending scene and not in the best way. The point of view is a nice parallel to the opening scene of the first Halloween, and it’s probably some of the best tension this instalment could muster up. However, the plot twist of Jamie becoming like Michael feels like a crappy attempt to street the story in an entirely different direction. 

What does it imply, that there is some sort of supernatural killer lineage? Or is Michael possessing Jamie? Not that it matters as the storyline is completely scrapped in the sequel in favour of Jamie being the junior scream queen, leaving this nothing but a cheap shock factor. Overall, not the worst instalment in the franchise but definitely nowhere near the levels of the original.

2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)