A year after it was originally meant to release, Halloween Kills is finally out, with fans hopeful that co-writer and director David Gordon Green will rustle up a fitting follow-up to 2018's continuity-rejigging sequel of-sorts.
But audiences should certainly lower their expectations, as while Halloween Kills absolutely delivers on the grisly promises of its title, and should prove just entertaining enough for fans, it's also a far cry from the sturdiness of the 2018 film.
Ever since the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in early September, the critical response has been wildly mixed, and given that there's shockingly little of substance on offer beyond its brutal death scenes, it's an understandable response.
While this isn't likely to turn anyone off from wanting to watch the upcoming threequel Halloween Ends, it's hardly a ringing endorsement for the idea that we needed a new trilogy of films to continue Laurie Strode's (Jamie Lee Curtis) story.
All in all it's still one of the stronger Halloween sequels, but that really just shows how few of the series' 12 movies to date are genuinely good. With that in mind, here's where Halloween Kills stumbles...