Michael Myers is coming back in October of 2021 in Halloween Kills, and this time, it’s going to be a bloodbath.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, Michael Myers does have an impressive kill count of 121 kills over the course of ten films. He murdered 16 individuals in the most recent installment alone, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, going over his average of approximately 12 per cinematic outing.
With a rate of violence that high, you could argue that Myers consistently delivers a bloodbath, and truthfully, you wouldn’t be mistaken. To that, I say, Jurassic Park was a violent and intense film, but it wasn’t until Jurassic World that viewers got to see the park’s streets truly run crimson. As horror franchises progress, it’s vital for the story to up the stakes and feeling of terror, and in the case of slasher films specifically, a higher kill count goes a long way to achieving that goal.
John Carpenter on Halloween Kills
Judging by John Carpenters comments in a recent Indiewire interview, Halloween fans can expect a healthy amount of carnage in the sequel.
“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!”
Myers appeared to meet his end at the hands of Laurie Strode in the final act of Halloween (2018), but fans who stuck around for the credits will recall the sound of the Beast of Haddonfield breathing ominously. Our first look at Halloween Kills revealed that the firefighters of Haddonfield were quite speedy in their response to the flames engulfing the Strode residence. While I can’t knock those brave men and women for performing their public service with such expediency, it certainly would have been in their best interest to, as Laurie said, “Let him burn”.
Halloween Kills Teaser Trailer
His otherworldly strength, resilience and thirst for blood have been explained through supernatural means in prior timelines, but the timeline that Halloween (2018) takes place in, has deliberately avoided any sort of explanation as to why Michael Myers is what he is or where his power comes from. Could Halloween Kills shed light on the truth behind Myers, and could that have something to do with the engorged kill count promised by Carpenter?
While the recently announced shift from its original October 6, 2020 release date to October 15, 2021 is certainly disappointing, at least we now know that Halloween Kills will be a real slaughter fest. On top of that, Green and Carpenter announced an IMAX release alongside the delay. If the sequel can capture the gory magic of its predecessor, horror fans will be in for a treat.
Are you excited to see Michael Myers terrorize Haddonfield again in 2021? Let us know your thoughts on social media, and stay tuned for our breakdown of the Halloween Kills trailer.