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Welcome back, Michael!
After a rather crushing postponement, Mr. Myers is back in Haddonfield and ready to put his trusty kitchen knife to good use in the official trailer for Halloween Kills.
David Gordon Green returns to direct the slasher sequel, working from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride and Scott Teems. Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak are also back to reprise their roles of Laurie Strode, Karen Strode, and Allyson Nelson (three generations of Strode women) respectively.
This time around, Laurie will be joined by a number of other characters from John Carpenter's 1978 original like Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall), Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards), Marion Chambers (Nancy Stephens), Leigh Brackett (Charles Cyphers), and Lonnie Elam (Robert Longstreet). Carpenter is back as well, occupying the dual roles of producer and composer.
Watch the trailer now:
Kills was originally slated to arrive in October 2020, but was eventually pushed off by the coronavirus pandemic. "If we release it in October of this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a compromised theatrical experience," Green and Carpenter wrote at the time. "After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film's theatrical release by one year ... It is an honor to be working with these characters and spending time in Haddonfield. We look forward to sharing our next chapters with you."
To help soften the blow of delaying the film, Universal and Blumhouse dropped a small piece of teaser footage that picks up mere moments after the first movie ends. Curtis gives a powerhouse of a performance as Laurie Strode, who realizes that Michael Myers may end up surviving the flames of the burning house she trapped him in.
Turns out, Laurie was right — Michael is alive and well in that burning house, though the firefighters who try to save him don't turn out so well. The trailer also confirms that Kills takes place the same night as the 2018 installment (whether its follow-up, Halloween Ends, does as well remains uncertain).
Laurie, Karen, and Allyson are still ready to end Michael Myers this Halloween night, and we see the three calling to arms again, with Laurie saying determinedly, "Evil dies tonight." Will the three finally get Myers? Probably not, given Halloween Ends is coming in 2022. But we can be sure that a whole lot of people will die that night, given Michael slashes at least 10 people in the 2.5-minute trailer.
Halloween Kills will begin to stalk its prey in theaters Oct. 15, 2021 — about a year after its intended release date. Halloween Ends is set to follow on Oct. 14, 2022.
Check out some killer (pun intended) production stills in the gallery below...