Saturday, May 15, 2021

Halloween Kills May Have to Release on Streaming, Admits John Carpenter

John Carpenter admits Halloween Kills may have to release on streaming. Carpenter kicked off what would become the Halloween franchise. With his original 1978 horror classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis as a babysitter menaced by a masked killer.

After Carpenter started things with his slow-burn masterpiece, other filmmakers picked up the torch. Continuing the saga of serial killer Michael Myers (with a few oddball detours like Halloween 3 thrown into the mix). Perhaps most notoriously, Rob Zombie took over as the caretaker of the Halloween name. With a pair of movies released in 2007 and 2009 respectively, but Carpenter himself has dismissed Zombie’s take on Myers. He did however endorse the latest attempt to reboot Halloween, the 2018 film directed by David Gordon Green, a movie so successful it has spawned not one but two sequels, the upcoming Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. Carpenter was so onboard with Green’s Halloween vision. In fact, that he put on his composer’s hat and contributed to the 2018 movie’s score.

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Carpenter may not be the main creative force behind the Halloween movies anymore. Though, still involved as a spiritual guide. Of course, being Carpenter, he’s always happy to give his opinion about the franchise (or anything else for that matter). Carpenter’s latest take on Halloween Kills may however not be something Blumhouse and Universal want to hear. There are still chances of the second new Halloween film being released on streaming at the same time it comes out in theaters. He conceded that this is indeed a possibility in an interview.

But such a move seems a distinct possibility as more studios embrace some kind of streaming option for moviegoers who don’t want to brave COVID-restricted theaters. The biggest movie yet released via the streaming-and-theater model was Wonder Woman 1984. The first of many Warner Bros. movies set to come out on HBO Max and in theaters concurrently.

The theatrical release model is pretty much dead as long as COVID is out of control. It’s definitely sad that the moviegoing experience is evidently going the way of the dinosaur. It’s doubly sad when considering a film like Halloween Kills, given the nature of horror. This is a genre best experienced in a theater full of people.

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