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Halloween Kills: Everything You Need to Know

Halloween Kills: Everything You Need to Know

(Updated 10/30/2020)

The 2018 HALLOWEEN sequel proved to be even more popular than anyone expected, and naturally, that means there's a sequel coming. In fact, there are two HALLOWEEN sequels on the way! HALLOWEEN KILLS arrives in 2021, and HALLOWEEN ENDS will open a year later, in 2022.

It's too early to know very much about the third movie in this series, but there's already plenty of info about the second. The shoot is complete, and while we don't know too much about the story just yet, there are some conclusions to draw based on who is appearing in the movie. Here's everything we know about HALLOWEEN KILLS, including the first real teaser trailer!

(Note: We'll dive into spoilers for some of the previous HALLOWEEN movies below, specifically the most recent 2018 release.)

The Day He Comes Home (Again)

Halloween Kills Release Date Announcement

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First up, the important stuff. The HALLOWEEN KILLS release date is set for October 15, 2021. That's almost exactly three years after the release of David Gordon Green's HALLOWEEN, which came out in 2018. Then HALLOWEEN ENDS will arrive in theaters in October 2022.

Note that those release dates are both a year later than originally planned. The two new HALLOWEEN movies are among many shifting release dates this year. Creator John Carpenter took the time to release a statement explaining the delay, which was a nice thing for fans!

Watch the First Halloween Kills Trailer!

Even as the movie itself was pushed to 2021, the first teaser trailer for HALLOWEEN KILLS was released online. The brief footage mostly takes place immediately after the end of the 2018 HALLOWEEN, as Laurie Strode and her daughter and granddaughter speed away from the flaming ruin of Laurie's home — in which Michael Myers is presumably still trapped.

Fire trucks race to quash the blaze, and Laurie's futile screams can't stop them. "Let it burn!" she howls. Putting out the fire might help Michael stay alive, and since there's a new movie we have to guess that he survives somehow.

The second HALLOWEEN KILLS teaser trailer was released as a Halloween 2020 treat. This one actually shows Michael Myers and hints at the film's tension and violence. We don't know how the disconnected footage here factors into the story, but it certainly looks like a HALLOWEEN movie!

Michael Myers: Dead or Alive?

Halloween Kills: Is Michael Myers Dead?

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This is a pretty big question. Maybe we really need to ask if Myers can be killed. Looking back at all the HALLOWEEN movies from the past, the answer seems to be a big "no," probably with a Jack-o-lantern in place of the "o." Michael has seemingly died several times over. There's always eventually another movie in the series, and he is almost always the villain.

But here's the trick. The HALLOWEEN timeline has been reset multiple times in the past, most recently by the 2018 movie. The only two movies that actually matter from the perspective of this story are the 1978 original, and the 2018 sequel. Everything else was wiped away, like a trace of pumpkin innards from a tabletop. So whether or not Michael Myers could be killed in most of the other sequels doesn't matter. The only question is whether or not he can be killed now. The answer seems to be "no," or at least, "not yet."

What Is Halloween Kills About?

Halloween Kills plot

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This is the big question, and at this point, we don't entirely know. HALLOWEEN 2018 ended with three generations of Strode women, Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), Karen (Judy Greer), and Allyson (Andi Matichak), reconciled after years of estrangement between Laurie and Karen. They fought off and seemingly destroyed Michael Myers for good. So is their home town of Haddonfield finally safe? Well… maybe not. The sound of Michael's breath at the very end of the film suggested the killer wasn't actually dead.

We know that Curtis, Greer, and Matichak have all returned for HALLOWEEN KILLS, as have actors James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle, who played Michael Myers. (Castle was the original actor under the mask back in 1978, and he played Myers for a couple of scenes in the 2018 movie.) None of which tells us very much, but we can assume that the now-united Strode women will find themselves having to face their demon once again.

More interesting is the set of new and returning actors who are joining the sequel. And they are…

The New Halloween Kills Cast

Anthony Michael Hall in War Machine

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Some of the sequel's new cast is actually a returning cast, as a couple of the actors appeared in John Carpenter's 1978 original. Kyle Richards, who played Lindsey Wallace in the 1978 original, will reprise the role in HALLOWEEN KILLS. The character, who was once babysat by Laurie Strode's friend Annie (Nancy Kyes), will now be seen as an adult. (Poor Annie did not live through that deadly Halloween night when Michael Myers first rampaged.)

And Anthony Michael Hall (above, in WAR MACHINE) has signed on to play Tommy Doyle. That character was the child babysat by Laurie in the original film; he and Lindsey escaped together. Whether or not that has created any special bond between them remains to be seen. Finally, Robert Longstreet is back to play Lonnie Elam, a character who bullied Tommy Doyle back in 1978.

Untangling the Halloween Timeline

the tangled Halloween timeline

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Speaking of Tommy Doyle, some casual viewers may have questions. That character survived the original movie and went on to play a big role in later films. In fact, Paul Rudd, in one of his first feature film appearances, played Tommy Doyle in 1995's HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS. His version of Tommy had uncovered surprising facts about Michael Myers's history, including the influence of a druidic cult that obsesses over a demon called Thorn.

Unfortunately, while we love Paul Rudd's version of the Tommy Doyle character, and think the whole Thorn subplot is pretty wild and entertaining, that material was all wiped out by the 2018 movie. (In fact, the Thorn storyline was originally wiped out by H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER.) The good news is that the field is wide open for a new version of Tommy Doyle, and all the story points around him.

Is John Carpenter Involved in Halloween Kills?

John Carpenter Halloween Kills Score

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At this point we don't know to what degree HALLOWEEN creator John Carpenter is actually involved. If nothing else, we hope that he will return to do the score, along with his HALLOWEEN 2018 score collaborators, son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies. The filmmaker has seemed to be revitalized in the past few years by making new music and even going out on tour. The HALLOWEEN 2018 score is being released in an expanded edition with almost 30 minutes of new music, so perhaps that's a good indicator that the trio will also score HALLOWEEN KILLS.

The Halloween Kills Filmmakers

Halloweek Kills Filmmakers

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This is easy info to provide: HALLOWEEN KILLS is being made by almost exactly the same team that brought you the 2018 movie. Danny McBride and David Gordon Green are writing with Scott Teems, and David Gordon Green directs once again. (The same team is making HALLOWEEN ENDS as well, with Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier helping out on the script instead of Teems.)

In 2018, McBride talked about early ambitions to shoot two new movies at the same time. Cooler heads prevailed then, and they just made the one movie. "We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back," he told Entertainment Weekly. "Then we were like, 'Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we'd never work again. So, let's not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren't going to like.' So, we were like, 'Let's learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn't.' But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it."

Thankfully, they got an even better chance than they bargained for! With two films on the way, there's room to really plan out the story. We can't wait to see what this team has cooked up for the Strode and Myers families, and all the other residents of Haddonfield.

Test your HALLOWEEN knowledge with our deep dive into Michael Myers trivia!

All images courtesy of Universal Pictures.

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