Living in a Fanbase Divided: An Analysis of ‘Halloween Kills’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Halloween Stinks.

After closing out September with a discussion on one of the best horror remakes and a candid chat with Chucky creator Don Mancini, we kicked off spooky season by checking in with an infamous psychopathic bisexual and reevaluating the controversy surrounding that film’s release. Now, just after Halloween Ends (review) divided fans, we’re taking a look back at David Gordon Green‘s similarly polarizing sequel Halloween Kills.

In the film, unstoppable killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) escapes from Laurie Strode’s (Jamie Lee Curtis) trap to continue his ritual bloodbath. Injured and taken to the hospital, Laurie checks out of most of the movie while Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall), the boy she was babysitting on the night Michael began his reign of terror, takes control of the narrative. As Laurie continues to fight through the pain, Tommy leads an angry mob of vigilantes to rise up against Myers and destroy the evil once and for all.

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Episode 199: Halloween Kills (2021)

We’re opening the Patreon vault this week to unleash our episode on David Gordon’ Green’s divisive slasher sequel Halloween Kills just after last week’s release of Halloween Ends. But before you listen (or re-listen), please sing along with us!

♬♬ Through the streets, through the ‘burbs, through the Strodeses and the Bracketts!

Michael’s coming but it’s one exciting riiiiiiiide!

Say a prayer, then we’re there, at the doorway of the Myers house!

There’s something truly terrible insiiiiiiide. ♬♬

♬♬ A masked man!

He’s got knives, razor sharp ones!

Massive hands, killer plans, making friiiiiiiight!

Hear him stalk, see him roam!

But we’re not coming home until he’s deaaaaaaad!

Good and deaaaaaaaaad!


(Yes, we think we’re really clever for this. No need to smugly reiterate that sentiment in the comments. We know.)

Cross out Halloween Kills!

Coming up next: We’re celebrating 200 episodes(!!!) with a discussion of what we consider to be a perfect film, and that film is Karyn Kusama’s masterful exercise in unbearable tension: The Invitation!

P.S. Subscribe to our Patreon for more than 207 hours of additional content! This month, we’ve got episodes on the film adaptation of My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Disney’s legacy sequel Hocus Pocus 2, Hulu’s Hellraiser reboot, the final(?) entry in David Gordon Green’s Halloween series Halloween Ends, and an audio commentary on Gore Verbinski’s The Ring, just in time for its 20th anniversary!

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