Just like perennial boogeyman Michael Myers cannot seem to be killed, neither can the 43-year-old Halloween franchise. Launched in 1978, it is absolutely impossible to remember which films are direct sequels, reboots or reimaginings. That said, 2018’s Halloween (which was a direct sequel to 1981’s Halloween 2) was well received because it was good. In other words, fans are still loving “The Shape.”
David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, slayed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman.
And the Halloween night when Michael Myers returned ain’t over yet. Minutes after Laurie Strode (Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster 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 when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster.
The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Evil dies tonight. Watch the trailer below:
Halloween Kills just had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival and sits at 59% on Rotten Tomatoes. We shall see how this one stacks up. We already have Halloween Ends (right) to look forward to in 2022.
In addition to Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween Kills also features Will Patton as Officer Frank Hawkins, Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island) and Anthony Michael Hall (The Dark Knight).
The film is directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. The executive producers are John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann.
The Universal and Blumhouse film arrives in theaters on October 15.