Halloween Kills: Second Installment in David Gordon Green

‘Halloween Kills’ Team on Future of Film Series: “It’s the Next Level, Which Fans of This Franchise Want and Need”

The second installment in David Gordon Green’s Halloween reboot premiered on Tuesday with a costume party.

Dressed for a full-fledged costume party, the cast and creators of Halloween Kills arrived at Hollywood’s landmark TCL Chinese Theater to celebrate the film’s debut — an occasion that was delayed a full year due to the pandemic.

Prior the start of the screening, star and exec-producer Jamie Lee Curtis welcomed the audience: “Happy Fucking Halloween!” she cheered. Audience members were provided with Michael Myers masks of their own, as Curtis encouraged everyone to don the masks for a photo with the crowd.

Since Myers’ debut in 1978, the masked man has become an iconic horror figure, terrorizing Laurie Strode (Curtis) and the town of Haddonfield, Illinois for decades.

After the initial reboot of the series in 2018 — 40 years after the original slasher film — the story continues on with Halloween Kills.

 

Jamie Lee Curtis
Curtis arrived dressed as Marion Crane from Hitchcock’s Psycho — an homage to her mother Janet Leigh, who played the character in the 1960 film.

Curtis not only is starring in the film, but also executive producing.

“My job is being head cheerleader,” Curtis said of the shoot. “As the face of the franchise, my job is to make sure people know that I appreciate them. Every person on the crew, the actors, I’m a cheerleader. I’m not an executive in the sense that I’m not the one making big decisions.”

As for what Halloween Kills achieves, Curtis confirms that “it’s next level, which fans of this franchise want and need.”

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Jason Blum and Jamie Lee Curtis KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES

“It’s faster, it’s louder, it’s gorier, it’s scary,” Judy Greer, who plays Strode’s daughter Karen, added. “I’m actually gonna try not to cover my eyes tonight.”

“The crews deserve anything and everything they can pry from the studios,” added Nick Castle, who originated the role of Michael Myers, or “The Shape,” in Carpenter’s original film. “They do such an amazing job. I’ve never been on a set — and I’ve been doing this for 40 years — where these guys don’t take their jobs so seriously. They work unnecessarily long hours and it can be dangerous, so I hope they win.”

“I’m behind these guys 100 percent,” James Jude Courtney, who embodies Myers in Halloween Kills, agreed. “We can’t do what we do if we don’t have 70, 80, 100, 120 of these people on the set, working longer hours than we work. Truly, they are the backbone of what we do.”

Producer Jason Blum also made an appearance on the carpet dressed as Curtis’ Laurie Strode from the first film, complete with a blonde wig and all.

“It’s great to have movies back in theaters, but I’m also very happy that it’s on Peacock so that Halloween fans can see the movie,” Blum said of the decision to do a simultaneous release, both at-home and theatrical. “Fans can get to the movie right away, which makes me very happy.”

Halloween Kills executive producer Ryan Freimann said: “This movie is meant to be seen on the big screen. I’m thrilled that we’re finally getting it out, even though we’re doing day-and-date with Peacock. There’s a portion of the audience that don’t feel comfortable going to the theaters. I think it was about finding the balance. It’s fan service… so allowing both sets of audiences to see it at the same time — it’s a huge plus.”

As for the future of the franchise, director Green had all along planned a trilogy. Dressed as an old-fashioned movie theater usher — a nod to his former job before becoming a director — Green confirmed that the script for the final installment of the trilogy is ready to go.

“It’s called Halloween Ends and hopefully we just say ‘night, night,’” Green said ominously, in regard to the completion of Strode and Myers’ journey together.

“With the boogeyman, you never know where he’s gonna be,” Freimann added. “The Shape’s always around.”