The first teaser trailer for Halloween Kills has slashed its way online, one year ahead of the movie's release date. The COVID-19 pandemic means the return of horror movie icon Michael Myers has been delayed to October 2021. Nevertheless, we can revel in the glory of this atmospheric preview, promising carnage the likes of which the franchise has never seen.
Jamie Lee Curtis' embattled Laurie Strode once again must face her fears. In the 2018 Halloween sequel/reboot, she succeeded in trapping Michael within her booby-trapped house, eventually setting it ablaze. But this is one masked killer who simply won't die and, as per the previous movie, now Laurie's daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) are in the firing line.
The 2018 movie, directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Green and Danny McBride, junked decades of unncecessary sequels and remakes to instead act as a direct follow-up to John Carpenter's 1978 masterpiece. It generated critical acclaim and box office gold, hailed for its nostalgic references to the past while effectively continuing Laurie's tormented odyssey.
It was another bonafide hit for studio Blumhouse, responsible for the likes of Paranormal Activity and Get Out. Here's hoping that midas touch extends to Halloween Kills, which looks to be aping the hospital setting of 1981's Halloween II. Judging from the crowds of people gathered around Laurie, it seems Michael is going to have an even greater selection of victims to choose from this time. That signature John Carpenter score is enough to get the pulse racing, as the weight of the past once again bears down on the present in bloody and grisly fashion – check out the teaser below.
Series godfather Carpenter says we can expect something truly spectacular: "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!”
So, will Halloween Kills make its release date? Blumhouse chief Jason Blum says he's not entertaining another release delay: "If this is still going on next Halloween? No, we’re not holding it. Halloween Kills is coming out next October come hell or high water, vaccine or no vaccine. It is coming out.”
Will Michael Myers be defeated by that most unlikely of enemies, a viral pandemic? Or will he rise to once again take the box office by storm? Everything is crossed that Halloween Kills makes its proposed release date of 15th October 2021. Tweet us your reactions to the trailer @Cineworld.