Halloween Kills, the unexpected (though honestly always expected) sequel to 2018’s Halloween, which, in turn, was a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic of the same name, was initially scheduled to terrorize moviegoers on October 16, 2020 - a heavy emphasis on was.
Universal has announced that it has pushed back Halloween Kills, as well as Halloween Ends, the proverbial final film in the franchise that continues to adapt and outlive its competitors, one year. The new dates are October 15, 2021, and October 14, 2022, respectively.
Universal also announced the delays of horror franchise films Candyman (new date: October 16, 2020) and The Forever Purge (July 9, 2021).
The unfortunate announcement was made by horror icon and curator John Carpenter, who wrote, “We write this to you heartbroken over the fact that the delay of our film is even a discussion, but if there’s one thing that a career in the film industry has prepared us for, it is the unexpected. Over the past few weeks, our film family has looked at the forecast of theatrical exhibition with obvious concern. We have discussed and struggled with how best to present Halloween Kills to the loyal fans around the world, as well as the new audience we hope to invite to this experience.”
He continues, “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 comprised theatrical experience. After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year…We’re going to have time to complete the film with the quality that fans deserve. And preparation on Halloween Ends has begun as well. 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.”
The creative team also worked to lessen the blow by offering up a teaser trailer to whet your appetite. Though it doesn’t reveal much, Laurie’s “let him burn” is a 2020 anthem I believe everyone can get behind.