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Halloween Kills
Directed by David Gordon Green
Produced by Malek Akkad
Jason Blum
Bill Block
Written by

David Gordon Green
Danny McBride
Scott Teems

Based on Characters by by John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Starring

Jamie Lee Curtis
Judy Greer
Andi Matichak
Kyle Richards
Anthony Michael Hall
Dylan Arnold
Robert Longstreet
Charles Cyphers
Nancy Stephens
James Jude Courtney
Nick Castle

Casting by

Sarah Domeire
Terri Taylor

Music by

John Carpenter

Cinematography Michael Simmonds
Editing by N/A
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Production studios Blumhouse Productions
Miramax
Trancas International Pictures
Rough House Productions
Release October 15, 2021 (United States)
Running time TBA
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Halloween (2018)
Followed by Halloween Ends

Halloween Kills is an upcoming film in the Halloween franchise. It is the 12th entry in the Halloween franchise. It continues the story of Laurie Strode in Halloween (2018).

Announced on July 19, 2019, by John Carpenter, Halloween Kills will be followed by Halloween Ends. The film continues the story of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode.[1] The film will be released on October 15, 2021.

Cast

Premise

Forty years ago, Michael Myers (Nick Castle) murdered three teenagers on a Halloween night in 1978. Forty years later, Michael (James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle) returned and began a storm of horror in Haddonfield.

Halloween Kills takes place on the same night as Halloween (2018).

Production

Development

In June 2018, writer Danny McBride confirmed that he and director David Gordon Green had originally intended to pitch two films that would be shot back-to-back, and then decided against it, waiting to see the reaction to the first film stating that: "We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back. Then we were like, 'Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we'd never work again. So, let's not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren't going to like.' So, we were like, 'Let's learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn't.' But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it."[2]

In September 2018, producer Jason Blum said that "we will do a sequel if the movie performs". By October 2018, after the film's opening weekend, McBride confirmed that early development on a sequel had begun.[3]

In February 2019, Collider exclusively confirmed Scott Teems was in talks as the screenwriter, having collaborated with Blumhouse Productions on several projects in development. Teems had also written a story treatment for the film prior to the negotiations. Blum, Akkad, and Block will return as producers, while Curtis, Greer, and Matichak are expected to reprise their roles.[4]

In June 2019, it was reported that a sequel would begin filming in September 2019, with Green returning to write the script and direct and Curtis, Greer, and Matichak reprising their roles from the 2018 film. In July 2019, the titles and release dates of two sequels were announced: Halloween Kills, set to be released on October 16, 2020, and Halloween Ends, set to be released on October 15, 2021. Green will direct both films and co-write the scripts with McBride, and Curtis will reprise her role in both films. Teems was confirmed as a co-writer for Halloween Kills, while Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier were announced to co-write Halloween Ends.[5]

Casting for extras were announced in late August, 2019.[6][7]

On September 22, 2020 Jamie Lee Curtis took to her Instagram and posted some a behind the scenes video where she is shown covered in blood and wiping some of the excess fake blood onto a bucket while on set.[8]

On October 29, 2020 as part of the first ever BlumFest, a new teaser trailer for the film was released. [9]

On November 3, 2020 it was mentioned how the Wilmington film industry in North Carolina has come alive again with multiple productions underway such as Halloween Kills.[10]

The film was supposed to film back to back but did not.[11]

Casting

On July 26, 2019, it was confirmed that Nick Castle will return for both sequels for some scenes as Michael Myers with James Jude Courtney again playing Myers for the majority of the films.[12]

On August 26, 2019, it was announced that Anthony Michael Hall would join the cast as Tommy Doyle, a character originally portrayed by Brian Andrews in the first Halloween film.[13]

At some point, it was reported that Paul Rudd, was approached to reprise his role, but declined due to his commitments to the Ghostbusters film also coming out in 2020.[14]

On August 30, 2019, it was announced that Kyle Richards would reprise her role as Lindsey Wallace from the original film.[15][16]

On September 5, 2019, it was reported that Robert Longstreet would play a character named Lonnie Elam. Tristian Edgerling would later be cast as a young Lonnie, following his appearance in the Halloween Kills teaser.[17] [18]

On September 27, 2019, Nancy Stephens, who portrayed Nurse Marion Chambers in the original film and its sequels Halloween II (1981) and Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, was cast to reprise her role.

Jibrail Nantambu is set to reprise his role as Julian from the previous film; while Victoria Paige Watkins and Brian F. Durkin joined the cast.[19]

Filming

In July 2019, a spokesperson for Blumhouse Productions confirmed that Halloween Kills and its sequel Halloween Ends will commence production and filming in Wilmington, North Carolina at the same time.[20]

The movie commenced filming September 9, 2019.[21] [22]

According to a film permit obtained from the city, there will be a news reporter scene giving updates on the events of the 2018 film. Filming in Wilmington on September 20 to 21 involved a car wreck scene.[23]

Additional filmography will include simulated gunfire occurring on September 27, September 30, and October 1.[24]

On November 1, 2019 Jamie Lee Curtis unveiled through her personal Twitter account a First look at the mayhem David has created for this film.[25]

On November 2, 2019, filming wrapped.

Prior to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, it was slated to premiere on October 16, 2020.[26] In July 2020, the film was moved to October 15, 2021.

On December 10, 2020, it was revealed that the film has officially received an "R" rating, even without nudity this time, the ‘strong, bloody violence’ pushed the film to the adult range of an R rating.[27]

Trivia

  • On October 16, 2020, Kyle Richards, who filled in as a guest correspondent during ET’s 2018 interview with Curtis for Halloween (2018) , admitted that the reunion probably helped her score the sequel gig. She went onto say some time after she attended the premiere and was on the red carpet, that her agent called her to inform her of an opportunity to participate in the sequel.[28]
  • On October 21, 2020, Jason Blum made it clear that he would not be further delaying the next two instalments. Blum went onto further reveal that Halloween Kills is coming out next October "come hell or high water, vaccine or no vaccine. It is coming out".[29]
  • On October 26, 2020 it was announced that, similar to DC and their FanDome event this past summer, Blumhouse has revealed that they were bringing the Halloween fun to fans of their films at home on Thursday October 29,2020 at 10 a.m. PT on Blumhouse’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.[30]
    • It will feature panels of talent from the studio’s upcoming movies, both big screen and PVOD, and more. with their first annual BlumFest.[30]
    • This includes a panel for Halloween Kills with David Gordon Green and Jamie Lee Curtis, producer Malek Akkad from Trancas Films, and Miramax producer Bill Block. Blum will also converse about the October 2021 release.[30]
    • Blum also teased that because the Covid-19 Pandemic has sidelined a lot of films, they conceived BlumFest to celebrate with the fans via a virtual event that will feature exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage on an upcoming release or two.[30]
  • On October 29, 2020, several caveats of information were revealed for the film; including the fact that Haddonfield Memorial Hospital would be returning to the new canon established in the 2018 film.[31]
    • John Carpenter will be providing the music for both sequels. David Gordon Green also returns to direct and co-write the script with Danny McBride and Scott Teems.[31]
    • Universal came up with a way to have a virtual Halloween Parade after she talked with Universal about it. Thus, Universal's marketing team came up with a way to celebrate it amidst the Covid-19 pandemic via Jamie Lee Curtis' Instagram Account.[32]
    • David Gordon Green also said that the 2018 film was the set up, but this film will be twice the thrills, and skeletons in the closet will come out.[32]
    • Green also took the liberty to compared it to be on the same level and caliber in terms of payoff as Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.[32]
  • On October 31, 2020, Jamie Lee Curtis called Halloween Kills a masterpiece and teased that the movie’s timely resonance with the current moment by comparing it to the numerous Black Lives Matter protests that have been seen throughout the United States in 2020.[33]
  • On November 1, 2020 Jamie Lee Curtis teased that while the first movie focused on Laurie Strode's trauma, viewers will get to see how Michael Myers' other victims from Haddonfield, Illinois have coped and how they'll react upon learning that he's back.[34]
    • She elaborated further by saying that Halloween Kills is a movie about a mob.[34]
    • She touched up on how in the real world, we have seen around the United States for example, the power of the rage of voices; big groups of people coming together enraged at the set of circumstances.[34]
    • At the end of the day, that's what the movie is. The movie is about mob mentality. And so according to Curtis it's very interesting because it takes on what happens when trauma infects an entire community.[34]
  • On November 2, 2020, Ryan Freimann,a producer on Halloween Kills admitted to not knowing how or if the franchise will continue once the current trilogy ends with 2022's Halloween Ends.[35]
    • Freimann alludes to the possibility of more Halloween films but insists that he's not focused on that right now.[35]
  • On November 6, 2020, it was teased that this movie and third film in the David Gordon Green trilogy will be more violent than ever, and Michael Myers' mask first seen in Halloween Kills thus represents how brutal he will become. [36]
    • Halloween Kills also aims to amp up Michael Myers' killing spree four decades after Laurie Strode faced him for the first time and shortly after she thought she had finished with him for good.[36]
    • Halloween Kills also promises to take Michael Myers out of the shadows and pit him against a large mob of Haddonfield, Illinois residents, who know about his unspeakable crimes.[36]
    • He will be both vulnerable to the united forces of the angry mob and determined to get rid of them, which will require him to stop holding back when tormenting his victims.[36]
    • It is stated that by making Michael Myers visibly vulnerable, the Halloween franchise gets to move the source of its horror from the slow dread of an unstoppable force to the brutality of a desperate maniac who has been pent-up for years.[36]
    • Director David Gordon Green has further emphasized the intense violence of the sequel, which will include even more gore than Halloween (2018). Thus, the burnt mask is the perfect symbol to show how Michael Myers isn't around to play games.[36]
  • On November 8, 2020, it was mentioned that while Haddonfield Memorial Hospital was the backdrop for Halloween II, when it is revisited by Michael Myers in Halloween Kills, it has changed for the 2021 movie.[37]
    • It was further stated that gone is the dark, creepy, mostly deserted setting of Halloween II.[37]
    • Michael also abandons his preferred butcher knife in favor of scalpels and syringes.[37]
    • However, Michael won't have as much luck going undetected this time around seen as how in the October 29, 2020 trailer it shows Laurie, her daughter Karen Nelson, and granddaughter Allyson at the brighter, more populated hospital.[37]
    • Danny McBride, who co-wrote the screenplay with Green, told Empire in July 2020 that the events in Halloween Kills take place the same night, picking up where the first movie ends, just like in Halloween II.[37]
    • McBride stated how the “events in the film bring together a lot of characters who were in the 1978 film who we didn’t see last time. They gather to try, once and for all, to take down Michael to stop this madman.”[37]
    • In the previous movie, Laurie has been waiting and preparing for another inevitable showdown with Myers at great personal cost. This time around, Laurie will not be the central character.[37]
    • Green stated, “This first one was more about Laurie’s life of isolation after Michael and her attempts at revenge. It was personal. This is more about the unraveling of a community into chaos. It’s about how fear spreads virally.”[37]
  • On January 6, 2021, two new promotional images of Michael Myers were released to promote the film.[38]
  • On February 07, 2021, John Carpenter, who co-created the Halloween franchise back in 1978, returned to the horror franchise for its 2018 reboot movie Halloween to compose its musical score and he has also turned his hand to the music for upcoming sequel Halloween Kills.Carpenter has also teased that it's the "ultimate slasher" movie.[39]
  • On February 17, 2021, John Carpenter that because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it's entirely possible that this film could premiere on a streaming service rather than a theatrical release due to theaters continuing to remain closed.[40]
  • On March 5, 2021, Andi Matichak, who plays Allyson Nelson in the upcoming movie, Halloween Kills, teased Michael Myers' retaliation in the sequel. She mentioned how this movie will be something fans will be very happy with. She teased that,"it’s big, and it’s bad, and it’s mean. And we see Laurie, Allyson and Karen pissed Michael off a little bit, by locking him in the basement, because his retaliation is next level.[41]
  • On March 10, 2021, through a quick exchange she had with paparazzi, Kyle Richards teased that this installment of the franchise will be "one of the best of all time." Or at least, that’s what she's hearing.[42]
  • On April 21, 2021, NECA officially announced that a brand new Michael Myers action figure from Blumhouse and David Gordon Green's HALLOWEEN KILLS will be available to buys this coming this Summer 2021.[43]
  • On April 27, 2021, a new set photo of Michael Myers original getaway car was revealed, which in turn teases a possible flashback to the original 1978 film.[44]
  • On May 4, 2021, it was announced that the second annual BlumFest will take place in 2021 and will likely feature a panel for Halloween Kills.[45]
  • On May 14, 2021, a new promotional image of Michael Myers was released on Empire Magazine.[46]
  • On May 21, 2021, the official twitter account for the Halloween movies mentioned how with Halloween Kills opening in 147 days, they hosted a #FlashbackFriday which included a deep dive with FX designer and department head Christopher Nelson.[47]
  • ON May 25, 2021, some promotional images of Michael Myers Funko Pops were unveiled.[48]
  • On June 24, 2021, a new trailer was released which shows that the film takes place minutes after Laurie Strode, her daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson left Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement. Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor. But the trailer showcase Michael managing to free himself from Laurie’s trap and his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield, Illinois to rise up against their unstoppable monster and a vigilante mob from the 1978 survivors form as a result.[49]
  • On June 28, 2021, it was further revealed that if one pays close attention to the latest trailer, it reveals that the sequel will recreate a scene from Michael Myers' escape in the original 1978 movie.[50]
    • In addition, the latest trailer also provides an easter egg to Halloween III: Season of the Witch when the audience are shown a trio of his latest victims carefully displayed on a playground merry-go-round, each adorned with macabre masks of a skull, jack-o’-lantern and witch, which, of course, are the glow-in-the-dark guises manufactured by the sinister Silver Shamrock Novelties company in the aforementioned 1982 sequel.[51]
  • On June 30, 2021, it was revealed that The 78th Venice Film Festival will present this year's award a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Jamie Lee Curtis. Moreover, the ceremony will take place on September 8,2021 at the Sala Grande before the out-of-competition world premiere screening of David Gordon Green’s Halloween Kills.[52]


External links

References

  1. - John Carpenter's Twitter
  2. Halloween co-screenwriter Danny McBride almost pitched making back-to-back sequels - EW
  3. Danny McBride On Inevitable ‘Halloween’ Sequel & Why Michael Myers Scared Up So Much Gross 40 Years Later - Deadline
  4. Exclusive: ‘Halloween’ Sequel to Be Written by ‘Firestarter’ Scribe Scott Teems - Collider
  5. New ‘Halloween’ Movies Set for 2020 & 2021 - Variety
  6. ‘Halloween Kills’ casting Wilmington-area extras, triplets, ventriloquists - Star News Online
  7. Casting company seeks extras, triplets, ventriloquist for movie filming in Wilmington - WECT 6 News
  8. Jamie Lee Curtis September 22, 2020 IG post - Instagram
  9. October 29, 2020 Tweet - Twitter
  10. After Covid-19 hiatus, Wilmington film industry comes alive again with multiple productions underway - Port City Daily
  11. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/andi-matichak-on-son-and-the-wonderfully-chaotic-ambition-of-halloween-kills
  12. Exclusive: ‘Halloween 2’ Gearing Up for Fall Shoot, 2020 Release; Jamie Lee Curtis to Return - Collider
  13. ‘Halloween Kills’: Anthony Michael Hall Joins Horror Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety
  14. Rumor: Tommy Doyle Making His Return in ‘Halloween Kills’!? - Bloodydisgusting
  15. Kyle Richards Returning as Lindsey Wallace for ‘Halloween Kills’ - Variety
  16. Kyle Richards Opens Up About Making Her Return to the 'Halloween' Franchise (Exclusive) - ET
  17. https://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/halloween-kills-set-pics-flashbacks-and-return-to-haddonfield-memorial
  18. Robert Longstreet Will Play Returning Character Lonnie Elam in ‘Halloween Kills’ Exclusive - Bloodydisgusting
  19. Halloween Kills casts another original franchise character - Looper
  20. Upcoming ‘Halloween’ horror movie sequels set to film in Wilmington - WECT 6 News
  21. 'Halloween' sequels to film with Jamie Lee Curtis in Wilmington - ABC 11 Eyewitness News
  22. Blumhouse - Twitter
  23. Simulated gunfire planned for ‘Halloween Kills’ scenes filming in Wilmington- WECT 6 News
  24. ‘Halloween Kills’ crew to film car wreck scene on Fifth Ave.- WECT 6 News
  25. - Jamie Lee Curtis' Twitter
  26. Blumhouse & Universal Move ‘Halloween Kills’, ‘Forever Purge’ & More To Later Release Dates - Deadline
  27. ‘Halloween Kills’ Gets Hard R Rating For “Strong Bloody Violence Throughout” - Screen Rant
  28. 'Halloween Kills': Everything the Cast Has Said About the Delayed Sequel (Exclusive) - ET
  29. 'Halloween Kills' Will Release In Oct 2021, 'Vaccine Or No Vaccine': Jason Blum - News 18
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 Blumhouse Celebrating Halloween With BlumFest; Event To Feature Stars Of ‘Halloween Kills’, ‘The Craft’ & More - Deadline
  31. 31.0 31.1 Michael Myers Returns in New Halloween Kills Teaser - ComingSoon.Net
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Halloween Kills BlumFest Panel - YouTube
  33. ‘Halloween Kills’ Teaser: Jamie Lee Curtis Says It’s a ‘Masterpiece’ That Ties to Black Lives Matter - Indie Wire
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Jamie Lee Curtis Talks ‘Mob Violence’ In Halloween Kills - Cinemablen
  35. 35.0 35.1 Halloween Kills Producer Unsure of Franchise’s Future After Current Trilogy - Screen Rant
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 36.5 Why Michael Myers' Burnt Mask In Halloween Kills Makes Him Even Scarier - Screen Rant
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 37.6 37.7 Halloween Kills Return To Haddonfield Hospital Is Different Than Halloween 2 - Screen Rant
  38. New 'Halloween Kills' Image Teases Michael Myers, Who Somehow Looks More Menacing Than Ever - Collider
  39. Halloween's John Carpenter says Halloween Kills is the "ultimate slasher" movie - Digital Spy
  40. John Carpenter Says Halloween Kills Streaming Premiere Possible - Explica
  41. Halloween Kills Star Teases Michael Myers’ Retaliation In Sequel - Screen Rant
  42. Halloween Kills: Real Housewife Kyle Richards Offers Short But Exciting Update On The Sequel - Cinemablend
  43. NECA Teases Killer New HALLOWEEN KILLS Michael Myers Action Figure! - Dreadcentral
  44. Halloween Kills Set Photo Teases Flashback To 1978 Movie - Screen Rant
  45. Blumhouse’s BlumFest Sets Date for 2021 Edition - Hollywood Reporter
  46. New ‘Halloween Kills’ Image Gives Us a Crispy Michael Myers - Slash Film
  47. May 21st, 2021 Tweet - Twitter
  48. MICHAEL MYERS GETS NEW ‘HALLOWEEN’ FUNKO POPS - Horror Geek Life
  49. ‘Halloween Kills’ Trailer Escapes Custody, Debut Date Set For Sequel To Horror Classic - Deadline
  50. Halloween Kills References Michael Myers' 1978 Movie Escape - Screen Rant
  51. How Halloween Kills’ Season of the Witch Shout-Out is a Meta Receipt - Den of Geek
  52. Venice Sets ‘Halloween Kills’ World Premiere; Jamie Lee Curtis To Receive Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion - Deadline