The first footage from Halloween Kills was unveiled today during Blumfest, a one-day online event focused on new and upcoming movie and TV projects from the Blumhouse production company.
The sequel to 2018’s Halloween, the successful, acclaimed reboot and follow-up to John Carpenter’s original 1978 classic, is bringing back several legacy characters from that movie, with the teaser giving us our first quick glimpses of three of them. Take a look and see if you can spot them!
At approximately :20 in the 36-second trailer, that is Nancy Stephens as Nurse Marion Chambers, who was Dr. Sam Loomis’ assistant in the original Carpenter film and played the role in Halloween II (1981) and Halloween H20 (1998). Although the character died in the latter film, the current Halloween movies pretty much ignore or retcon everything that happened in the sequels, so Marion is back!
Next up at :23 is Kyle Richards, best known these days as a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills but beloved to Halloween fans as Lindsey Wallace, one of the kids that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was babysitting when Michael Myers came calling in the original film.
Finally, at :25, we get our first glimpse of Anthony Michael Hall as Tommy Doyle. Played by Brian Andrews in the 1978 Halloween and by Paul Rudd in 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Tommy was also one of the kids that Laurie was supervising when Michael attacked. He later grew up to become obsessed — perhaps to a disturbing level — with Michael Myers. Seeing him looking menacing and wielding a bat in the teaser suggests that he still has unfinished business with the Shape.
The rest of the fast-paced teaser suggests that Halloween Kills is ramping up the mayhem from the 2018 film, with Michael somehow emerging from the blaze that ended that movie to wreak more havoc on the town of Haddonfield.
In addition to Curtis and the legacy players — which also include Charles Cyphers as former sheriff Leigh Brackett and Nick Castle sharing the role of Myers with James Jude Courtney — Halloween Kills will feature the return of Judy Greer and Andi Matichak as Laurie’s daughter and granddaughter respectively from 2018’s Halloween.
David Gordon Green is back behind the camera for Halloween Kills and has once again co-written the script with Danny McBride (Scott Teems has joined the writing team as well). Due to pandemic delays, the film is now set to arrive on October 15, 2021, with a third entry, Halloween Ends, due out a year later.
In addition to the first look at Halloween Kills, Blumfest also offered up the news that another popular franchise is getting a new installment. Insidious 5 will go before the cameras in 2021, with original series star Patrick Wilson (Aquaman) reprising his role as Josh Lambert and making his directorial debut on the movie as well. The film will pick up 10 years after the Lamberts’ last encounter with the Further. The fourth entry in the series, a prequel called Insidious: The Last Key, came out in 2018.
Blumhouse also announced its second wave of “Welcome to the Blumhouse” films, which will debut on Amazon Prime in 2021. The titles are The Manor (directed by Axelle Carolyn), Black as Night (directed by Maritte Lee Go), Madres (directed by Ryan Zaragoza) and Bingo (directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero).
The thrillers will follow the first four entries in the anthology film series — The Lie, Black Box, Evil Eye, and Nocturne — which became available earlier this month on Prime Video.
Finally, Oscar winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) will write and direct an “Untitled Paranormal Project” for Blumhouse, based on a recently published article called “Project Poltergeist.” The film, like the article, will be based on the true account of the first alleged haunting in a public housing project, during which unexplained events terrified a young boy in New Jersey in the 1960s.