Austin Burke’s review published on Letterboxd:
The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series.
This sequel is a clear step down from the previous film, as the style (and thrilling nature) just doesn’t measure up. The direction is still solid from a visual perspective, but the story feels off. It feels distinctly like a “middle movie,” and that is not how you want a Halloween film to operate. Now there are plenty of positives, as Michael goes on a complete murderous rampage from start to finish. Franchise fans will get the gore, blood, and kills that they hope to find. While some of the kills are completely nonsensical, they are still providing entertainment, and I can’t say I had a bad time while watching. What I did have an issue with was how this movie throws so much at us with little impact.
Everything this town goes through just feels meaningless at the end of the day, and the concept of everyone coming together to take down Michael is wasted. You will clearly have to turn your brain off to appreciate a lot of it, but I can’t say that hasn’t been the case in this franchise before. Beyond that, there just isn’t much that will stick with you from the story. We essentially end up exactly where we started when the film cuts to credits, the only difference is that there are far less protagonists left to fight. There is an attempted message here, but the script wasn’t near as strong as it should have been to convey that. I love the idea of bringing back old survivors and giving fans a lot to chew on, but a lot of these integral moments fall short. Even then, our main characters get some fun moments when they are on screen. As a B-level Slasher, it is extremely effective, but as a cohesive product, there is a lot to pick apart.
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