Halloween Kills offers up everything slasher fans enjoy - blood, guts and gore galore - but in terms of celebrating the franchise, it's missing a limb or two.

This blood-soaked sequel is the middle movie of the new Halloween trilogy which kicked off with 2018's Halloween and will end with 2022's Halloween Ends.

It picks up right where the 2018 movie left off, with Michael Myers in a burning house and Laurie Strode in an ambulance after he stabbed her in the stomach.

As the flashing lights of her ambulance blur with the beating siren of the fire brigade rushing to put out the flames that are supposed to end Myers reign of terror once and for all, Laurie screams, "Let him burn, let him burn" and in that moment, you know Myers will not meet his toasty end.

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Halloween Kills jumps between the original 1978 movie and the current story which is set in 2018. The residents of Haddonfield who survived their initial encounter with Myers, Laurie and Deputy Hawkins (Will Patton, and Thomas Mann in flashbacks), and Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall), are the dots that connect the stories together.

With Myers on yet another killing spree, the residents of Haddonfield, headed up by Tommy - who has adopted the mantra 'Evil dies tonight' - decide they need to take matters into their own hands. The mob moves out of the hospital where Laurie is and onto the streets, and this is where we can see how much special effects have improved in the last 40 years. With the latest technological updates each and every gruesome killing looks as real as you would imagine it to be.

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The script is lacking, Lee Curtis is sidelined for most of the movie and there are some comedic moments that may not have meant to illicit a laugh, but on the plus side the flashback moments do a good job of tying the older and newest film together.

If you are a fan of the Halloween movies because of the bloody body count then Halloween Kills will satisfy your scary movie fix this spooky season. But if you are looking for something with a deeper meaning, or return to the super tense and atmospheric original, don't dig too deep, you won't find it.

Suzanne Keane