Book Review 207 // Halloween Kills: The Official Movie Novelization by Tim Waggoner

Hot on the heels of Halloween comes Halloween Kills, and then next week, we have the release of Halloween Ends. So expect at least one more review in October on this series!

Title: Halloween Kills: The Official Movie Novelization

Author: Tim Waggoner

Buy via Kindle on Amazon.ca

Format: Kindle

Blurb: The official novelization of the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

Minutes after Laurie Strode, her daughter Karen, and granddaughter Allyson left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor.

But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. But as a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage decide to take matters into their own hands, a vigilante mob forms that sets out to hunt Michael down. Evil dies tonight.

Review

I seem to be reading a lot of Tim Waggoner's works, and I have to say I am enjoying them. When it came to this title, it is, of course, based on a film, so Waggoner didn't have a lot to work with. It takes under 2 hours of film to make into a novel.

I am a fan of the Halloween franchise, including the comical mask film of the third. You know what is coming, but like a slow-motion car crash, you just can't look away. It is an actual slasher title that has you screaming at the characters as they make error after error. I like to believe I would survive an encounter, but to be honest, I most likely wouldn't. I also love that this giant of a man is quite possibly the faster walker and stealthiest man to ever exist!

What I enjoyed about the book was that Waggoner gets to expand the characters; we get more depth to them in the book than we ever see on the screen. We learn more about the victims and their lives, and it aids the reader in understanding why they keep making bad choices. This is also true of Myers as we once more climb inside his head to go along on the ride, giving him purpose and reason whilst not creating a cliche killer.

It is, for sure, a quick read but hugely enjoyable at this time of year and has me excited for the third title Halloween Ends. Due to the way it is being released, the chances are I will finish the book before seeing the film, so I am intrigued by how they compare to each other.

Who else here loves some Halloween movie goodness?

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