This past week, one of the biggest events of the year for the film industry took place when some of Hollywood’s most promising work premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Every year filmmakers and industry veterans look forward to this week as an opportunity to showcase what they have been hard at work on, and this year was no exception. The array of films that debuted at the festival have been all over the media as moviegoers teem with anticipation, however one movie has seemingly stood out amongst the rest. The sequel film Halloween Kills was amongst the many pieces of cinema to debut in Venice this past week and it has critics everywhere intrigued to say the least.
When David Gordon Green rebooted the Halloween franchise in 2018, many were pleasantly surprised that the film exceeded most’s expectations given how highly the original is regarded. Originally produced by John Carpenter in the late 1970’s, the iconic franchise showcased one of Hollywood’s most gruesome serial killers in Michael Meyers and helped redefine the horror genre. Now a new generation of fans is being introduced to the iconically terrifying franchise with a sequel to the 2018 reboot only a few weeks away in Halloween Kills. Countless reviews of the film from critics who saw its premiere are available online, and while most don’t divulge plot specifics they all seem to agree on one thing: it is exceptionally bloody and violent in typical Michael Meyers fashion. Universal has additionally changed the film to a day-and-date release, meaning that Halloween Kills will be available to stream on Peacock when it releases in theaters on October 15th.
While it’s never easy for a reboot to match the success of the original, Green’s reboot is seemingly in a league of his own. His 2018 Halloween remake generated over a quarter of a billion dollars in box offices worldwide, making it the most commercially successful Halloween film in the franchise’s history. It will be interesting to see if Halloween Kills follows a similar trend given the fact it will additionally release via Peacock the same day it premieres. We will have to wait a few weeks and see when Halloween Kills hits theaters and Peacock on October 15th.