In 2018 Blumhouse & Universal took a gamble, releasing a direct follow up to Halloween, set 40 years after the original, also entitled Halloween. Oh and that happened to be co-written by Danny McBride of all people. The David Gordon Green film proved to be a massive hit. Then, last year we learned that not only were we getting 1 sequel, but 2 back to back sequels in Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. Both supposedly being the final say in the Michael Myers saga. Today, the world got a surprise little (strong emphasis there) treat, in the form of a teaser for Halloween Kills.
As far as teasers go, this couldn’t be better. It’s so so so small. Yet it hits exactly what you need to drive a fan base into a frenzy. Not only is picking up directly after the end of the previous film genius, nothing is given away. Just a possibly explanation for how Michael got out of the predicament facing him at the end of Halloween (2018). Or merely a pile of bodies for him to carve up immediately. Probably some great combination of the two. If we’re going off of a direct quote from John Carpenter, in an interview with IndieWire earlier this week, that might just be the case:
“a slasher movie times one hundred, big time. It’s huge. I’ve never seen anything like this: the kill count!”
Of course, since this is 2020, any positive news, carries a dark looming shadow as well. In this case, it’s in the form of delays. With so many other films and studios playing musical chairs, this should be no surprise. Halloween Kills now finds it stalking autumn of next year, on October 15, 2021. As you’d expect, Halloween Ends now shifts to a year later, landing on October 14, 2022. Here’s the full statement that Carpenter himself & Gordon Green put out, via Twitter.
I know you all have been looking forward to an update on the status of "Halloween Kills". Here it is: pic.twitter.com/EWivyipYgR
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) July 8, 2020
As much as this stings, it’s a proactive move, that should be applauded. While some films like Trolls: World Tour can claim victory being released VOD, not everyone is going to share that sentiment. Wanting to present certain movies, in the best and biggest format available, is exciting. Plus, if simply being patient, means we get to experience the potential insanity of Halloween Kills in IMAX, who’s to complain? That’s rhetorical, by the way. Someone would find a reason to be upset. Instead of that, go find the biggest, reddest sharpie/crayon/marker you own and circle October 15, right now!