I was so puzzled by my strongly negative opinion of this the first time. I couldn’t stop thinking about Halloween Kills despite the fact that I hadn’t enjoyed it, and I was kinda fascinated by the HUGE variance of reactions to it, so I had to watch it again and see what a difference a second viewing made.
And I’m really glad I did, because I think I kinda love it now! Most everything that bugged me the first time didn’t bother me at all this time, and I really enjoyed it. Still too much “Evil dies tonight!” but otherwise I was all in this time.
I think it was just so not the movie I was expecting the first time. It’s so much grimmer and meaner than the 2018 film (which I loved). Also, where that film was a cool and collected crowd pleaser, everything about this one (from the performances to the bloodletting) is loud, wild, messy, chaotic, and spilling over at the edges. I couldn’t hang with that the first time, but I dug it this time quite a bit.
I love the idea of a trilogy entirely set on one night. Bring on the next one!