Ahead of the release of Halloween Kills, Universal has released a new featurette that takes fans of the storied horror franchise behind the scenes of the new movie. Directed by David Gordon Green, Halloween Kills is a sequel to the filmmaker’s hit 2018 reboot, which made over $250 million worldwide. While the first movie was about the character Laurie Strode, Halloween Kills is about the entire town of Haddonfield, star Jamie Lee Curtis says in the video, suggesting that a prominent theme in the sequel will be “mob mentality.” Green described the film as a “bigger, badder, nastier, crazier version” of a premise we’ve seen unfold so many times before. Cast member Judy Greer, meanwhile, teased “non-stop action and blood.”
“David was really clear that he wanted to explore the after-effects of violence and how it affected Haddonfield,” co-writer Danny McBride says in the video, putting on a very serious expression. The featurette is peppered with shots from the movie that tease gruesome kills, mob violence, and lots of fire, while the iconic synth theme song plays in the background.
The Halloween franchise was birthed in 1978 by the legendary John Carpenter, who serves as an executive producer and co-composer on these new films. The film also stars Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Thomas Mann, and Anthony Michael Hall, and is written by McBride, Green, and Scott Teems, based on the characters created by Carpenter and Debra Hill.
In addition to Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak as the three generations of Strode women, Halloween Kills will bring back several more characters from the iconic franchise — Anthony Michael Hall will play a grown-up Tommy Doyle, and Richards will reprise her role as Lindsey Wallace from the 1978 film. Stephens also returns to the franchise as Marion Chambers, former assistant to Dr. Loomis.
After the success of 2018’s Halloween, two sequels were announced: Halloween Kills as well as the third film Halloween Ends, which is slated for release on October 14, 2022. The entire trilogy is directed by David Gordon Green, who previously directed such movies as All the Real Girls, Pineapple Express, and Prince Avalanche. Both Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends are written by Green, McBride, and Scott Teems.
And what characters they are. Both Michael Myers — who reinvented slasher villains in the New Hollywood era — and Laurie Strode are icons of the genre, evolving and adapting with the changing times. And remarkably, they’re still relevant today.
As it turns out, no one told the fire department that Laurie was barbecuing Michael in her basement. Michael survives the fire and kills a whole bunch of people, setting off on a new killing spree. But now, Laurie and her family have had enough and so have the rest of the people Michael has victimized over the years.
So far like almost all slasher villains, Michael has always been in control. In Halloween Kills, Michael’s former targets band together to turn the tables on the murdering madman. Here’s the official synopsis from Universal Pictures:
“And the night when Michael Myers returns isn’t over.Minutes after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee 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.”
It looks like the story is really going to escalate in the upcoming movie. Halloween Kills is expected to ramp up the kill count and heighten the stakes considerably. Jamie Lee Curtis has described the new movie as ”really, really, really intense” and “a masterpiece.”
This is going to be Michael Myers at his deadliest facing off against all the people who have spent their lives in fear because of him. Will The Shape survive to kill another day? Probably, because there’s a sequel. But there’s really no telling how the movie will go or how far it will push its characters until it finally arrives on the big screen.
Halloween Kills is slated for an October 15 release in theaters on You can watch the featurette here, and read the official synopsis down below.