Halloween’s bone-chilling villain Michael Myers is ‘homophobic’ in new film

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A gruesome murder of a gay couple in Halloween Kills has resulted in some horror fans calling the villain Michael Myers “homophobic”.

The long running Halloween franchise has largely focused on the effects of Myers and his rampages on the Stroke Family – and Halloween Kills is no exception to that tradition. The film is a direct sequel to 2018’s Halloween which ended with the masked killer being trapped in protagonist Laurie Strode’s burning house.

However, fans find out in the new movie that the serial killer escaped the burning house with help from firefighters – who he eventually killed – and proceeded to go on a murderous rampage.

At one point in Halloween Kills, Myers returns to his childhood home and finds an unsuspecting gay couple living there. The men – who are named Big John and Little John – realised someone is in their home and searched for the intruder. But instead of making it out alive, they’re murdered by Myers.

The scene stirred up discussion on Twitter with some people labelling Michael Myers “homophobic” for killing the couple.

Fans also drew comparisons between the treatment of LGBT+ people in Halloween Kills and the new Chucky TV series. The show features a scene in which the evil doll shows his acceptance for his genderfluid and queer child.

The USA and SyFy show follows Jake, a teen who knowingly buys Chucky at a yard sale. He eventually confronts the killer doll after he reads the teen’s diary and discovers his crush on a classmate named Devon.

However, Chucky reveals that he has his queer child. Jake asks if the doll is “cool with it” to which Chucky responds: “I’m not a monster, Jake.”

Despite some of the possibly tongue-in-cheek grumbles online, Halloween Kills has been a big hit in the run-up to Halloween and slashed its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $50.4m debut.

Halloween Kills is out now in cinemas and is also available to watch on streaming service Peacock.

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