Franchise creator John Carpenter and Halloween Kills director David Gordon Greene announced the delay in a joint statement, writing, “If we release it in October this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a compromised theatrical experience. After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year.” The pair also revealed that Universal Pictures is fixing the film up for IMAX screenings, and that they are “sound mixing with one of the greatest design teams that can slash, scream and creep their way under your skin.”
The movie plot is yet to be shared, however, the first teaser trailers hints that Halloween Kills will pick up right where its 2018 predecessor left off. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen Nelson (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson Nelson (Andi Matichak) can be seen in a pickup truck driving away from the burning house where they left Michael (Nick Castle/James Jude Courtney). Fire trucks on the opposite side of the road rush to what can be presumed is the home they just left, and Laurie yells in agony to let the house burn in order to kill Michael off once and for all.
Halloween Kills and its successor Halloween’s End were first announced in July 2019 and are meant to round up the trilogy that started with Greene’s 2018 Halloween reboot. The remake was released to positive reviews and ended up being the highest-grossing film of the franchise with $255 million USD worldwide.
Carpenter confirmed with IndieWire that Halloween Kills is already finished and will be mixed in New York. “The movie is something else. It’s fun, intense and brutal, a slasher movie times one hundred, big time. It’s huge. I’ve never seen anything like this: the kill count!” he said enthusiastically.
Watch the teaser trailer above. Halloween Kills hits theaters October 15, 2021.
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
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