John Carpenter also confirms that ‘Halloween Ends’ will also delayed
(Editor’s Note: This article was written and published ahead of the official delay announcement. This post has been updated accordingly.)
While we wait for a trailer and confirmation that the film WILL open as planned in October this year, writer, director, and composer John Carpenter has decided to tease the fans with statements about ‘Halloween Kills‘. We have all heard that the film is supposed to be nastier than the reboot back in 2018 and that it contains some truly gory and extra nasty deaths at the hands of Michael Myers this time around but when the actual creator of the franchise speaks, you just have to listen. Carpenter has revealed that the kill count this time is something he hasn’t seen the likes of before. He also revealed that the score for the film is done and is ready to be added shortly. Carpenter says:
“The cut is done. They’ll mix it in New York next week or so. Then it’ll be in the can. My work is all done. 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”
Adding to Carpenter’s comments, director of the new entries into the franchise, David Gordon Green, offered up some insights and teases about the upcoming sequel:
“The 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 in chaos. It’s about how fear spreads virally”
The film looks like it is going to follow the same route that the original ‘Halloween II‘ took back in 1981 when it started the second the original film ended. That isn’t a bad thing in reality as it will not only suit the film in general but will also offer a nice nod to the original sequel. What does surprise me is Carpenter’s comments. Back when the first sequel was made back in 1981, Carpenter tried hard NOT to follow the slasher route and copy what ‘Friday The 13th‘ gave the world. It was ironic though as ‘Friday The 13th‘ was a rip-off of ‘Halloween’ in the first place and gave rise to the slasher craze of the 1980s. But ‘Halloween II‘ ended up becoming a slasher film anyway, in an ironic twist of fate, ripping off its own rip-off movie. I thought that Carpenter, even though he doesn’t have much to do with the franchise these days, would balk at the thought of the film becoming an all-out bloodbath, choosing to protect the legacy of his original film. But perhaps he realizes that Hollywood, as it has done when he walked away from his creation originally, will go all out to scare and give the audience a violent and gory film that they crave.
I’m still concerned that the film won’t meet its opening date of October 16th due to the theatres in America staying firmly closed at the moment. If the films that are due to open in August get pushed back again, then I can see the film being pulled from release this year and being held back until next Halloween. And that really WOULD be frightening and disturbing to me and the fans.
After this article was written and submitted, the first teaser trailer for the film hit the wires. Check it out:
Ok, on the one hand, I’m happy to see the teaser finally. Sadly, though, it’s confirmed that the film won’t hit screens until October 2021 now, ending our hopes that we may get to see it as planned this year. Screen legend John Carpenter took to social media to confirm the news:
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
Mark October 2021 in your calendars. Halloween is officially canceled this year.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!