Halloween is approaching and with it a series of rituals that are repeated year after year, either by imitation or simple search for entertainment. And although putting pumpkins with fake faces and spider webs in our homes is not a widespread tradition in Latin America (luckily!), The arrival of November is usually accompanied by film premieres that never leave us indifferent.
Do you fancy a movie scary? Although horror cinema has become more and more “sophisticated” or “psychological”, there are not a few of us who enjoy films of the “old school” genre. We talk about terrifying abandoned houses, knives, disasters, darkness, screams. And blood by the gallon, of course.
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This and more is what it offers Halloween Kills, the last film in the franchise that, like its protagonist Michael Myers, refuses to die. In Digital Trends in Spanish we have been able to see the film before its premiere, and also participate in a roundtable with actors and producers who do not hide their illusion that this new installment will be able to repeat – at least, in part – the success of the previous sequel.
They will have it difficult: Halloween 2018 (David Gordon Green, and starring the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis), was a huge box office success, grossing more than $ 250 million globally and becoming, incidentally, the highest-grossing installment in a four-decade-old franchise. scaring left and right. As if it were not enough, Halloween 2018 set a new record for the longest opening weekend in the history of a horror movie starring a woman.
But let’s see: was Michael Myers not dead?
And what do you think? The end of Halloween 2018 It was but a pause in the infamous masked man’s criminal walk, and just minutes after Laurie Strode (Curtis), his daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and his granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left the monster caged and engulfed in flames. a basement, he was doing his thing again.
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On Halloween Kills, the women of the Strode family join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first massacre to take charge of the situation, forming a crowd determined to hunt down “The Shape” once and for all under a motto that is repeat like a mantra: evil dies tonight.
For those of us who are already an age, the film will transport us to a time where horror stories ran by word of mouth, premiere posters filled the pages of newspapers and bus stops, and the visit to the cinema was made required. The streamimg hit the halls hard, and COVID-19 seemed to finish off one of the most endearing ceremonies of the last century on the ground. And while this is true for all movies, in the case of Halloween Kills it is even more peremptory: you must see it in the cinema. You must return to the halls, sit in the dark with acquaintances and strangers and scream with each stab, each beheading and each horrific death that Myers inflicts on his victims. Soon you will be able to see it in streaming, yes … but it will never, never be the same.
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Does evil die tonight? After the smash of Halloween 2018, and listening to the enthusiasm with which Jamie Lee Curtis and the producers refer to the film, we see it unlikely. Halloween Kills recovers – or perhaps better, update– Certain forms of terror exploited in the 70s and 80s and that in recent decades were reviled or simply ignored by a cinema that wanted to be more conceptual (or far-fetched, if you will) in its ways of narrating horror. Halloween Kills brings us back to that murderer who simply kills because he cannot help it, and to do so he uses the first thing he finds, although the kitchen knife will always remain his weapon of choice. Meanwhile, the victims flee in terror, meet, argue, become confused and finally end up falling like flies.
Look it up or not, Halloween Kills it ends up paying homage to the horror cinema that was made and enjoyed decades ago. After months without mass shows, confinement and forced social distance, this film is an excellent excuse to fill the movie theaters with audiences (and screams). Do it: you’re going to have fun. Because that’s exactly what it’s about.
Halloween Kills (2021)
Written by: Scott Teems and Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill
Gender: Horror, Crime, Suspense
Distribution: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Thomas Mann and Anthony Michael Hall
Director: David gordon green
Duration: 106 minutes
In theaters October 15
More streaming: Netflix | Hulu | Disney Plus | HBO | Amazon prime