SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Halloween, now in theaters.
As thrilling and suspenseful as horror films can be, the genre's famous for having its characters make some stupid decisions. Over the years, we've seen several of these movies picked apart, and quite often to the point where it leaves us wondering just how did these scripts make it into the production phase.
David Gordon Green's Halloween, while a great update to the franchise John Carpenter started 40 years ago, is no exception. While it doesn't pack its narrative with a ton of flaws, ultimately it does have a few really silly plot holes for the sake of cheap thrills.
Where's The National Guard?
When the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois finally realizes Michael Myers is coming back to finish the job he started with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in 1978, we see several Chicago news outlets, and most importantly, the National Guard -- with choppers and such -- being called in after the slasher killed a bunch of people at a gas station. However, as the movie progresses, the military never comes to town -- at all.
For the duration of the film, there are only four cops on patrol, led by Sheriff Frank Hawkins (Will Patton). It leaves you wondering where the rest of the precinct is and why the cavalry hasn't arrived, given that soldiers were seen on the outskirts of town mere hours earlier. What made things even worse was that law enforcement knew exactly where Myers was going (after Laurie's family), yet he was allowed to roam the streets as he wanted. You'd think curfews would have been enforced and a massive manhunt would have taken place, but instead Myers being on the loose isn't treated with any urgency whatsoever.
Why Fight A Slasher In The Dark?
For some reason, Laurie believes fighting in the dark is a strategy that works against Myers, even though, in her past ordeal with the killer decades ago, the shadows worked in his favor. When Laurie lures Myers inside her house in the finale as part of an elaborate trap, she cuts the electricity, thinking it'll give her the upper hand. However, it's a stupid move, as Myers is the one who gets all the leverage.
She struggles to track him, fumbling around her sewing room, trying to locate Myers in closets with a flashlight. He uses this to his advantage, hiding between dozens of mannequins before blindsiding and beating Laurie up. Her decision to cut the power made no sense, as it handicapped her. It was simply done for aesthetic purposes, to create an atmosphere of horror and tension, but only succeeded in transforming Laurie from the hunter into the prey.
Seriously... What's Up with Halloween's Gun Control Policy?
Everyone who Myers goes up against in Haddonfield has guns, but no one ever goes for the killshot. Despite being shot and stabbed multiple times, Michael never slows down, so you'd think someone would wise up and aim for critical organs, or, well, take a headshot! Instead, his opponents, such as Laurie and the few cops roaming around, all aim for his shoulders and arms, even when his back is turned to them.
We could forgive them for being terrible shots, but the finale more or less sums up how incompetent the town's citizens are with guns. When Laurie's family traps a seemingly unconscious Mike in their basement (which doubles as a military stronghold), they've got shotguns in hand and an array of pistols on the shelves, but rather than pump him full of bullets they step over him and try to run away. That was the chance to end this threat once and for all, but the Strodes apparently forgot what their pistols were for.
Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle, Jefferson Hall, Rhian Rees, Toby Huss and Haluk Bilginer is currently in theaters.