The movie industry continues to endure the impact of COVID-19. Theaters have closed, opened, then closed again. Movie release dates have been pushed back and then pushed back again. Some have been delayed indefinitely. Today John Carpenter took to social media to announce that his highly anticipated Halloween Kills will be one of those delays.

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In an official statement written by Carpenter and director David Gordon Green, the team expresses what a difficult choice this was: “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. After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year.”

Halloween Kills will now release on October 15th, 2021 and the trilogy-ender Halloween Ends will now release on October 14th, 2022.

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In an interview with Indiewire’s Anne Thompson, Carpenter confirmed that not only is the movie finished, it will be well worth the wait with an enormous kill count. “The cut is done… They’ll mix it in New York in the next week or so. Then it will be in the can. 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!”

Check out the Halloween Kills teaser trailer below, which is slightly reminiscent of Halloween 2 (1981), and make sure you mark those calendars!


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