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‘Halloween Kills’: Film Review + Cast bio : David Gordon Green, Jamie Lee Curtis

‘Halloween Kills’ first reviews: “A textbook ‘Halloween’ movie”

The first reviews for Halloween Kills have been released following its debut at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.

Halloween Kills is the second chapter in director David Gordon Green’s trilogy following 2018’s Halloween, which acted as a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic.

The film brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, alongside Judy Greer, Andi Matichak and Will Patton who all reprise their roles. New additions include Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club) and Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island).
Halloween Kills has been praised for delivering what you’d expect, with TheWrap describing it as a “textbook Halloween movie” that’s “less interested in rewriting the Halloween playbook than in giving audiences what they came for”.

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When Is Halloween Kills Out?

halloween kills venice : Halloween Kills will be released on October 15, just in time for Halloween.

The movie was expected to be released in October 2020, but the COVID pandemic meant it was delayed to 2021.

As a result of the delay the third movie in the trilogy, Halloween Ends, will be released in 2022.

Who Is In Halloween Kills?

The cast is lead by the three 2018 stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer and Andi Matichak.

James Jude Courtney returns as Michael, while Will Patton is the deputy sheriff who helped the women try to stop Michael in the first part of the new trilogy.

Anthony Michael Hall and Kyle Richards play Tommy and Lindsey, two grown-ups who Laurie looked after in the original 1978 movie.

Nancy Stephens also returns to the franchise as the former assistant of Dr. Sam Loomis, the psychiatrist who tried to catch Michael in the 1978 movie.

What Do Critics Think of Halloween Kills?

halloween kills venice film festival : Halloween Kills recently had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and had mixed reviews from critics.

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman called the movie “a mess,” while The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney said it is “like a latex ghoul mask so stretched and shapeless it no longer fits.”

Some reviewers were slightly more friendly, with The Wrap’s Asher Luberto calling it “a textbook Halloween movie.”

What Is the Plot of Halloween Kills?

Halloween Kills takes a similar route to the original Halloween sequel, Halloween II, with Laurie Strode in the hospital recovering from a night of terror when Michael returns again.

This time, however, she has many more people backing her, and the entire town of Haddonfield works together to rid their homes of the specter of Michael Myers once and for all with a vigilante group.

However, given there is a third film on the way, it seems the saga is not quite over for Laurie and Michael.

Halloween Kills is out in movie theaters on October 15.

Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills is a 2021 American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teems.

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  • Venue: Venice Film Festival (Out of Competition)
  • Release date: Friday, Oct. 15
  • Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Thomas Mann, Anthony Michael Hall, Dylan Arnold, Robert Longstreet, Kyle Richards
  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • Screenwriters: Scott Teems, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green
  • Rated R, 1 hour 46 minutes
The film is a sequel to 2018’s Halloween and the twelfth installment in the Halloween franchise.

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The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle, who reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, with James Jude Courtney also portraying Myers again. Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, and Will Patton also reprise their roles from the previous film, with Anthony Michael Hall and Thomas Mann joining the cast. The film, which begins precisely where the previous film ended, sees Strode and her family continuing to fend off Myers, this time, with the help of the Haddonfield community.

Jason Blum serves as a producer on the film through his Blumhouse Productions banner, alongside Malek Akkad and Bill Block. Before the release of the 2018 film, McBride in June 2018 confirmed that he and Green had originally intended to pitch two films that would be shot back-to-back, and then decided against it, waiting to see the reaction to the first film. Following the critical and commercial success of the 2018 film, development on the sequel promptly began as early as October 2018.

By February 2019, Teems was hired to co-write the script. The film’s title was officially announced in July 2019, along with its sequel. Principal photography commenced in September 2019 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Halloween Kills had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 8, 2021

and is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 15, 2021, by Universal Pictures, after having been delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A direct sequel, Halloween Ends, is scheduled to be released on October 14, 2022.

Halloween Kills Cast

David Gordon Green
David Gordon Green is an American filmmaker.

He directed the dramas George Washington (2000), All the Real Girls (2003), and Snow Angels (2007), as well as the thriller Undertow (2004), all of which he wrote or co-wrote.

In 2008, Green transitioned into comedy, directing the films Pineapple Express (2008), Your Highness and The Sitter (both 2011). He returned to his dramatic roots with the independent films Prince Avalanche and Joe (both 2013), followed by the films Manglehorn (2014), Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), and Stronger (2017). Green also directed the slasher film Halloween (2018), which he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Danny McBride. He is also set to direct the next two installments of the franchise.

Green also directed episodes of the acclaimed comedy series Eastbound & Down (2009–2013), Red Oaks (2014–17), Vice Principals (2016–17), and The Righteous Gemstones (2019–present), on all of which he additionally served as executive producer.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is an American actress and writer.

She is the recipient of several accolades, including a BAFTA Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998.

Kyle Richards

Kyle Egan Richards is an American actress, socialite, television personality, and philanthropist.

She began her career as a child actress, appearing in a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie, and in several adventure and horror films, including The Car (1977), Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive (1977), and Walt Disney’s The Watcher In The Woods (1980), as well as portraying Lindsey Wallace in John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and later Halloween Kills (2021).

Judy Greer

Judith Therese Evans , known professionally as Judy Greer, is an American actress.

She is primarily known as a character actress, who has appeared in a wide variety of films. She first rose to prominence in the late 1990s/early 2000s, appearing in the films Jawbreaker (1999), What Women Want (2000), 13 Going on 30 (2004), 27 Dresses (2008), and Love & Other Drugs (2010).

Anthony Michael Hall

Michael Anthony Hall, known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor best known for his movies with John Hughes, which include the teen classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Weird Science.

Additionally, he will be starring in the upcoming slasher film, Halloween Ends alongside franchise alumni, Jamie Lee Curtis which is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2021.

Nick Castle

Nicholas Charles Castle is an American screenwriter, film director and actor.

He is known for playing Michael Myers in John Carpenter’s horror film Halloween (1978). Castle also co-wrote Escape from New York (1981) with Carpenter.

Andi Matichak

Andi Matichak is an American actress.

She first appeared in television series such as 666 Park Avenue, Orange Is the New Black and Blue Bloods, before making her film debut as Allyson Nelson in the horror film Halloween (2018), a direct sequel to the 1978 original film of the same name.

Dylan Arnold

Dylan Arnold is an American actor.

He is known for playing Noah in the romantic drama After (2019), a role which he reprised in its sequel After We Collided (2020).

He is also known for playing Cameron Elam in Halloween (2018), which he will also play again in the sequel Halloween Kills. On stage, he portrayed Justin in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Good Boys and True at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2019.

James Jude Courtney

James Jude Courtney is an American actor, stunt double, and stunt performer.

He is best known for playing serial killer Michael Myers in the 2018 film Halloween. Courtney will reprise his role as Myers in Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, scheduled for release in 2021 and 2022, respectively. He also played Der Kindestod in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Killed by Death”.

Omar Dorsey

Omar J. Dorsey is an American actor.

He has appeared in films The Blind Side (2009), Django Unchained (2012), and Selma (2014) playing James Orange. In 2016, Dorsey began starring as Hollywood Desonier in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar.

Thomas Mann

Paul Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate.

His highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized versions of German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Arthur Schopenhauer.

Charles Cyphers

Charles Cyphers is an American actor.

who is known in the horror movie community for his work in the films of John Carpenter, especially his role as Sheriff Leigh Brackett in Carpenter’s 1978 movie Halloween.

He reprised this role in the 1981 sequel Halloween II and will return to the character in the upcoming Halloween Kills.

Lenny Clarke

Lenny Clarke is an American comedian and actor.

famous for his thick Boston accent and role as Uncle Teddy on the series Rescue Me.

Halloween Kills Review

Halloween Kills is a dark chapter in the story of Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, with a somber tone and even more gruesome murders than we’ve seen in previous installments.

It finds fulfilling ways to expand the world of Carpenter’s original with a larger focus on the town of Haddonfield and characters from the 1978 classic, while unfortunately suffering from feeling like an incomplete experience.

The film starts with a flashback to the end of the original Halloween, expanding the role of Deputy Frank Hawkins (played by Will Patton in the present time) to show us what really happened when Michael was finally caught after his killing spree. Director David Gordon-Green and cinematographer Michael Simmonds do a great job of recreating the look of Carpenter’s original down to the film grain, and even find shockingly faithful ways to bring back old characters for new scenes. In fact, Halloween Kills feels even more closely indebted to the first film than the 2018 reboot/sequel did. There are nods to everything from Michael’s gruesome disposal of a dog in the original movie, to Easter eggs to the entire franchise (there are several references to The Curse of Michael Myers), in addition to the returns of several fan-favorite characters. Thankfully, the nods and cameos are more than just fan service; they enhance the franchise as a whole by building a thematic bridge between the original and the new films, connecting the trauma of the past with the resurgence of The Shape in the present.