The upcoming sequel “Halloween Kills” won’t land in theaters until 2021 but John Carpenter teases that audiences are going to love what they see…
“Halloween Kills” — the direct sequel to 2018’s “Halloween” — was originally set for release in October but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the film was pushed back until 2021.
Let the anticipation for that sequel start building, especially after original “Halloween’ creator John Carpenter teased what he thought of the movie after sitting through several screenings as he began working on the score for the film.
“It’s the quintessential slasher film,” Carpenter said when speaking at the Fantasia 2020 Film Festival. “It is so intense…oh my god…it even stuns me how incredible it is. David [Gordon Green] just did a great job. Can’t wait to have you see it.”
It was David Gordon Green along with partner Danny McBride, who initially pitched the previous “Halloween” sequel with direct ties to the original movie first released in 1978. Blumhouse Productions eventually came on board but everybody involved wanted Carpenter’s blessing while also hoping that the legendary director would join the project.
Carpenter says it was a visit from Jason Blum himself that ultimately led to the decision to return to the “Halloween” franchise after he last associated with the films he helped create back in 1982 when he wrote the score for “Halloween III: Season of the Witch.”
“Jason Blum came and talked to me and he said ‘well, they’re going to make this movie whether you’re involved in it John or not, so why don’t you come aboard and stop criticizing these movies from a distance and actually get in and try to make it better,” Carpenter revealed. “I said yeah, I’ll do it.”
Carpenter ultimately signed on as an executive producer while also creating the score alongside his son and godson and he’s taking on those same roles for “Halloween Kills” as well as the final film in the planned trilogy, “Halloween Ends.”
For now, Carpenter’s original score for the 2018 “Halloween” is available along with the movie but “Halloween Kills” is still a year away from release with the sequel expected to arrive in theaters in October 2021.