It’s okay if you don’t remember what 2021’s Jamie Lee Curtis-led Halloween Kills is supposed to be about. In addition to the release being delayed far behind 2018’s Halloween because of the coronavirus pandemic, the whole franchise has a pretty intricate history of which movies are supposed to be included in the canon. Technically, this upcoming movie is Halloween 12, but it’s a little bit more complicated than that. Basically, 2018’s Halloween disavows everything except Halloween (1978), even though Jamie Lee Curtis stars in the movie but also had lead roles in Halloween II (1981), Halloween: H20 (1998), and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). Halloween III (1982) doesn’t even feature Michael Myers. There is a 13th movie in the franchise, Halloween Ends, that is scheduled for 2022. It’s about as convoluted as the Myers family tree. Here is everything we know so far about Halloween Kills, which is due to release October 15, 2021 and theories about what might happen to Laurie Strode and Michael Myers in this movie.
Please beware: This article contains spoilers for pretty much every movie in the Halloween universe, especially Halloween (2018). All discussion of Halloween Kills (2021) is speculation; I haven’t seen the film yet.
Recap of Halloween (2018)
In Halloween (2018), we caught up with Jamie Lee Curtis’s iconic character Laurie Strode four decades after the events of Halloween (1978) and Halloween II (1981). Laurie is now a reclusive old lady, preferring not to venture out of her home, which she has fortified with booby traps in fear of her brother Michael Myers returning. Myers has been imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for 40 years but escapes at the beginning of the movie.
Strode has an obviously strained relationship with her daughter and granddaughter. When she learns Michael Myers has escaped from the psychiatric hospital, Strode tries to warn them that they are in grave danger. Laurie’s daughter Karen is especially skeptical of her mother’s worries, as she sees Michael Myers as an unhealthy obsession that has destroyed her mother’s life (and resulted in Karen being taken away from Laurie when she was 12 years old). The three women come together at Laurie’s bunker/house to have a final fight with Michael Myers. They manage to lock him in Laurie’s basement and set the house on fire.
What does the trailer give away?
So far, only a teaser trailer has been released for Halloween Kills.
The teaser trailer confirms a fun rumor about this movie that the team of director David Gordon Green and writers Danny McBride and Scott Teems created the setting of Halloween Kills to mirror Halloween II (1981). Halloween II begins five minutes after the cliffhanger ending of Halloween (1978). Halloween Kills will pick up immediately after the cliffhanger ending of Halloween (2018).
The first five minutes of Halloween Kills (2021) will likely start off recapping the events of October 31, 2018 as portrayed at the end of Halloween (2018), when Laurie Strode along with her daughter and granddaughter, Karen and Allyson Nelson, trap Michael Myers in the basement bunker of Laurie Strode’s fortified home. They set the home ablaze, and Allyson flags down a truck. They flee, hoping to have finally killed Michael Myers.
The new footage will begin with Laurie, Karen, and Allyson as they are riding down the highway. As they drive to safety, the women see fire trucks headed toward Laurie’s burning house and realize the emergency workers may put out the fire and inadvertently save Michael Myers’s life.
Hysterical, Laurie screams, “Let him burn!”
Cast and characters
Halloween Kills is going to feature a ton of cast members from the original Halloween (1978) film. The only major bummer is that Paul Rudd was not available to reprise his role as Tommy Doyle because he was filming Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Here are the major players:
Characters who also appeared in Halloween (1978):
- Jamie Lee Curtis is reprising her role as Laurie Strode.
- Nick Castle, the icon who originated the role of “The Shape” AKA Michael Myers, will reprise his role. He shares the part with James Jude Courtney, who played Michael in Halloween (2018).
- Kyle Richards will reprise her role as Lindsey Wallace. Richards is now more well known as a cast member on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
- Nancy Stephens will reprise her role as Marion Chambers, assistant to Dr. Samuel Loomis.
- Charles Cyphers will reprise his role as Leigh Brackett, former sheriff of Haddonfield.
- Judy Greer is reprising her role as Karen Nelson, Laurie Strode’s daughter.
- Andi Matichak is reprising her role as Allyson Nelson, Laurie Strode’s granddaughter.
- Anthony Michael Hall will play Tommy Doyle. The actor who played Tommy in 1978 is now a neurosurgeon.
- Robert Longstreet will play Lonnie Elam, the father of Allyson Nelson’s ex-boyfriend Cameron Elam.
- Dylan Arnold will play Cameron Elam, Allyson Nelson’s ex-boyfriend.
- Omar Dorsey will play Sheriff Barker, Haddonfield’s current sheriff.
We also know from the cast list that at some point we will see the boy that Allyson’s friend Vicky was babysitting. He escaped from Michael during the events of Halloween (2018), and we know he makes an appearance because an actor, Jibrail Nantambu, is credited with that role.
What hints have the cast and crew given?
One thing we know for sure: Halloween Kills will be bloody. Michael Myers is said to go on a violent rampage through Haddonfield while the town is in a mob protest against him. There are rumored to be a higher number of victims than we’ve seen in any of the other Halloween films.
Director David Gordon Green says the movie will be “very aggressive.” Speaking about his vision for the film, he said, “It’s one thing to be afraid of the Bogey Man, to have someone who might be in the closet, under the bed, creeping around your house, but we wanted to explore next was confusion, misinformation, and paranoia. What happens when fear goes viral? You can’t just stick your head under the covers anymore.”
Jamie Lee Curtis calls Halloween Kills a “masterpiece.” She hints that the movie is about a community dealing the the trauma caused by Michael Myers’s murder rampage the night of Halloween (1978).
John Carpenter, who wrote the original Halloween (1978) script with Debra Hill and directed the movie, called Halloween Kills “a slasher movie times one hundred, big time. It’s huge. I’ve never seen anything like this: the kill count!”
Halloween Ends (2022) Sequel
A third modern Halloween installment, Halloween Ends, has been announced and scheduled for release on October 14, 2022. However, this date was announced prior to the delay of Halloween Kills from 2020 to 2021, so it may be pushed back. Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise her role as Laurie Strode. She says the movie will be about “the legacy of evil.”
When is Jamie Lee Curtis done?
Who knows? The first rule of horror is that you can never count on anyone being really dead. While writer Danny McBride says he is ending this trilogy with Halloween Ends, (and, you know, it’s called Halloween Ends), franchises make money in the horror genre. If the movies are successful, it seems unlikely that the story will ever end. At least for now, there is one more confirmed movie with Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in the works.
- One fan guesses that the emergency workers may take Michael Myers to the hospital and Laurie Strode may try to hunt him down there, the inverse of what happens in Halloween II (1981).
- Another fan wonders if everyone in Haddonfield will be armed to the teeth because they know what Michael Myers is capable of.
- This fan thinks the predicted high kill count in Halloween Kills will be made up of a lot of “neighborhood watch” types who look like they’ve banned together to try to stop Michael.
- Karen Strode may die.
- Another consideration: Could Michael Myers have a medical defect called congenital analgesia that causes him to not feel pain?
Is Halloween Kills good?
Yes. Halloween Kills looks very promising if you believe the opinion of Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions. He told Den of Geek, “I just saw Halloween Kills. It was SO good. So good. It’s intense. It’s huge. It really feels really big.”