There are some creative ideas floating around in this new entry...some of them work, but most of them don't. It is an entertaining movie, but it suffers from feeling like the middle chunk of a trilogy, a stepping stone for what is to come next in Halloween Ends. Laurie Strode is mostly side-lined in this chapter; assuming the filmmakers are saving her up for a big showdown with Myers in the next (final?) installment.
It is worth the price of admission to see a computer-resurrected version of Donald Pleasence in his iconic role of Dr. Loomis. Pulling smaller original characters like Tommy, Lonnie, and Lindsey out of the background to feature them as leads is a smart use of the original source material. The gore factor, brutality, and kill creativity are second to no other film in the franchise.
Is it a good movie? Not particularly, but it is nowhere near the worst in the series. Even with its flawed directing, questionable dialogue and acting, and a muddled Twilight Zone–style ~message~ about mob mentality, this movie can easily be rewatched more than the entries below it on this list. (Kill Count: 25+)
Story: 5/10 | Kill Creativity: 10/10 | Execution: 4/10
Average Score: 6.3/10