The Whole Family Is Back as Real Housewife Kyle Richards Signs On to Reprise Her Role in Halloween Kills

Jame Lee Curtis and Kyle Richards (Right) at the Halloween (2018) premiere.
Jame Lee Curtis and Kyle Richards (Right) at the Halloween (2018) premiere.
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Laurie Strode, on that terrible fateful night during the first Halloween film, was babysitting. And now we know that both of her charges will be returning to share in the scares of the latter-day Halloween universe.

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Recently, Variety reported that Kyle Richards, the actress who played Lindsey Wallace in the original film, will be reprising her role in Halloween Kills. This, along with the knowledge that someone will be playing Tommy Doyle, suggests that the film will be broadening its exploration of the remnants of that one awful night and how it’s shaped the lives of those it affected. I would be really excited to see this series just become a longform meditation on trauma, with occasional murders. I think that would be pretty good.

And in case you’re not up on non-nerd pop culture, what has Kyle Richards been up to for the past few decades? Well, she appeared in a few more horror films as a kid, and as an adult she now spends most of her time filming Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where she’s been a cast member for the entire run. This isn’t an exceptionally important bit of information, but I like it, and it means the parodies will be outstanding.

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Halloween Kills will be out October 16, 2020.


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DISCUSSION

David-Simmons
David Simmons

It doesn’t matter who they bring back at this point. This most recent sequel looked like it was going to be pretty good, but IMHO, they utterly failed to deliver on anything promised in the trailers. Laurie Strode’s psychological turmoil was suggested but never fully explored, same thing with the effect it had on her daughter. Michael remained as enigmatic as ever, but the palpable sense of menace that haunts the screen when he’s not present was missing.

None of the kills were particularly interesting, and the camerawork, editing and music failed to create much interest because the editing, camera angles and the dialogue were mostly lackluster. There was very little tension regarding the locations of the characters and their possible proximity to Michael. There were one or two clever shots, but outside of that the film had no real energy or feeling of genuine enthusiasm.

Even that would have been somewhat acceptable if the finale hadn’t been such a disappointing and insulting lack of resolution for ANY of the characters, which made the entire film come off as nothing better than a money grab. The creative invention in this franchise is utterly depleted now, and further films are only going to reek more strongly of cinematic necrophilia.