Where: Peacock (and in theaters)

John Carpenter’s original Halloween is a masterpiece in slasher cinema. It wrote the book and remains one of the best films in the franchise. After the series when to hell and back, Universal hit the reset button, and 2018’s Halloween revival picked up decades after the first film (praise Black Jesus). All of this meant that while Michael Myers was no longer Laurie Strode’s brother, he still was on the warpath, heading right towards her. For me, I loved seeing Myers go back to the essence of the first film, and while the story wasn’t as amazing as I wanted it to be, Michael Myers was on the warpath, and his kills were insane.

Coming into Halloween Kills, we got more and more of the same. Actually, the story—which finds the town of Haddonfield attempting to take the power back while the surviving Strodes are figuring out where they fit in—wasn’t my favorite. I loved that they continued to bring back the original actors to play the townspeople who survived decades ago, but as they got into this big mob mentality social commentary, I don’t want to say I hated it, but it just wasn’t as interesting as I wanted it to be.

What DID interest me was Michael’s mayhem. For a guy who’s basically a man with one goal in mind, he sure has a knack for surviving. And once we realized that he made it out alive from Strode’s fire trap, it was a movie full of great vengeance and furious anger. I won’t spoil the kills at all, but just know: Michael is pissed and anybody can get it. Anybody.

I’d recommend running both back; the beginning of Halloween Kills picks up relatively close to where Halloween (2018) ended off, so a demented double feature is easily in order. Keep the light on, just in case. —khal