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Halloween Sequel Delayed: Mask Wearer Foiled By Non-Mask Wearers

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BY July 10, 2020
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Amidst all the bad news, here’s some more. Halloween Kills, the Halloween sequel, is now delayed. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the filmmakers made the difficult decision to postpone its release. Here’s the latest.

What is Halloween Kills?

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A sequel to the 2018 sequel reboot of the Halloween franchise, Halloween Kills will show Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) facing off once more against “The Shape.” In case you missed the 2018 movie, it offered a realistic look at a woman who’d experienced something traumatic as a teen. This Laurie Strode is older, obviously, but she’s also harder. In the interim years, she’s been training and preparing for Michael’s return. In the process, she’s alienated her daughter, Karen (Judy Greer). Only her granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak) still speaks with her. Although it’s a scary movie, it’s also a smart look at how trauma can be intergenerational.

The sequel will see the return of Curtis, Greer, and Matichak from the 2018 movie. But that’s not all. Some of the actors from the 1978 original, including Real Housewife Kyle Richards, will also reprise their roles. In addition, 80s icon Anthony Michael Hall has joined the cast, playing the grown-up Tommy Doyle, one of the children young Laurie was babysitting in the original. (Richards played Lindsay Wallace, the other child.)

Why is the Halloween Sequel Delayed?

Halloween Kills was originally going to hit theaters this October. Instead, it will move to next year. David Gordon Green, who directed the film and wrote it (with Danny McBride and Scott Teems), released a joint statement with Halloween creator John Carpenter. In the letter, Green and Carpenter write that releasing it in three months would mean that filmgoers would see it “in a compromised theatrical experience.” As such, they decided “to push the film’s theatrical release by one year.”

In the meantime, they write that the extra post-production time will give them the opportunity “to complete the film with the quality that fans deserve.” They also say that in addition to standard release, Halloween Kills will hit IMAX theaters next year. I look forward to watching my sister trying to watch every inch of the IMAX screen.

Halloween Kills will now be in theaters October 15, 2021. Halloween Ends, the final piece in their trilogy, has also moved (to October 14, 2022). (And if you keep it in your heart, Halloween never ends, not really.)

Carpenter, along with Curtis, also tweeted a teaser clip from the film. You can see it below. In the meantime, I’m going to rage-meditate on how Michael Myers, a famous mask wearer, has survived all manner of deaths. So be like Michael Myers and wear a mask.

(Note: This teaser picks up right where the last movie left off, so don’t watch if you missed the last one.)

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.

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