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Highly Suspect Reviews: Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills Movie Review


Wait, didn’t Michael Myers unquestionably die, get all burnt up, in the end of the last film? Of course not. OF COURSE he escapes and I guess he felt bad for not killing enough people in the previous entry because he is on a real tear in “Halloween Kills”, cutting through giant swathes of Haddonfield townsfolk with glee. With Jamie Lee Curtis and Will Patton seriously injured, they sit out the bulk of the film in a hospital, waxing eloquently to each other about the past and the nature of evil. But the townsfolk, now joined by several of the survivors of the original 1978 film, are led into a mob frenzy to kill ‘The Shape’ by Tommy Doyle, portrayed in this incarnation by a very sweaty Anthony Michael Hall. Can they do it? Can they finally kill evil? I wouldn’t bet on it (especially since they filmed the next movie “Halloween Ends” back to back with this one). Chris, Frank, Madelynne, and Wright have much fun talking the highs and lows of this new entry.


DIRECTED BY: David Gordon Green

STARRING: Jamie Lee Curtis, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Airon Armstrong, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Thomas Mann, Anthony Michael Hall, Kyle Richards, Nancy Stephens, Robert Longstreet, Tristian Eggerling, Charles Cyphers, Dylan Arnold, Jibrail Nantambu, Omar Dorsey, Brian F. Durkin, Haluk Bilginer, David Lowe, Carmela McNeal, Diva Tyler, Lenny Clarke, Salem Collins, Scott MacArthur, Michael McDonald, Ryan Lewis, Timothy Gill, Mike Dupree




Photo on 2011-10-02 at 13.02Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)

Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



Madelynne Fontenot (Deliberations of Doom, Highly Suspect Reviews)

Madelynne is a bayou-sourced, Seattle-born Austinite babe. Raised a nerd since birth, she gets very excited about science, does her best to know a little bit about everything, and is fluent in both English and French. When not at her day job, Madelynne spends most of her time trying to catch up on TV series that she has yet to finish because she keeps starting them from the beginning, snuggling her two miniature dachshunds, glaring at watercolor paintings she will eventually finish, and deciding whether to play Animal Crossing or World of Warcraft, all of this usually with a sour beer or glass of wine in-hand. She has an obsession with all things iridescent and holographic, and you’d never know it by the way she dresses, but her favorite color is in fact pink, and not black. She has had a very book-oriented life up to this point and is on a journey to expand her movie horizons.



” width=Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Audio Editor)

Wright hails from the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. His passion for filmmaking brought him to Austin to study and make movies. Since then he’s had his hand in acting, writing, and directing his own short films with numerous like-minded film geeks he’s met along his journey. His newest interest has brought him into the podcasting world. He’s co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. His current hosting gig is with longtime friend, Eric Samaniego, where they talk shop about the grimiest, trashiest, lost gems of movies on their show, ‘Trash in the Can’. Wright is also hosting reviews with Screener Squad and editing reviews as well.



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