Halloween Kills – Michael Myers is back, and so is Jamie Lee Curtis
Guess what? The Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn’t over yet!
In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, killed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman.
Minutes after Laurie Strode (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. Or does it?
How is it that a slasher horror movie from 1978 is still relevant in 2021, and some of the same actors are in the current 12th incarnation? Only one movie has attained that status. Halloween. Jamie Lee Curtis is back once again, now as a grandmother with her own daughter and granddaughter, and it’s been 43 years since she first appeared as Laurie the babysitter in the original Halloween.
It wasn’t long into the film before I started looking away, and yelling “Get Out” to Mr. Myers next victims. It made me question, how many actors have played Michael, sometimes referred to as The Shape, since it began. Well, here’s the answer. In this latest version, Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney each reprise the role, taking turns behind the mask.
Halloween Kills does a lot of flashback scenes to the original film interspersed throughout, and it’s interesting to see Tommy Doyle as a fully grown adult, for those who recall him as the boy begin babysat in the original. This latest version has also grown with the current times we’re living in today, with the opening scene featuring a gender non-conforming character, along with a older gay couple who purchased the original Myers house, only to succumb to Michael’s murderous mayhem.
As with previous movies, this one offers up the finest in blood and gore. Happy Halloween!
Initial box office sales indicate it’s off to another great sales feat.
Available October 15, 2021 from Universal Pictures.
Renowned composer and filmmaker John Carpenter and his musical foils Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies have just released the original motion picture soundtrack for the second installment of the new Halloween trilogy, Halloween Kills, through Sacred Bones Records. Soundtrack available here.
Universal Pictures, Miramax, Blumhouse Productions and Trancas International Films present Halloween Kills, co-starring Will Patton as Officer Frank Hawkins, Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island) and Anthony Michael Hall (The Dark Knight).
Halloween Kills is written by Scott Teems (SundanceTV’s Rectify) and Danny McBride and David Gordon Green based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. The film is directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. The executive producers are John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann.
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