More than 40 years after John Carpenter’s original Halloween, Michael Myers and Laurie Strode are back for the next thrilling chapter in the franchise. Strode is hell-bent on making sure the Halloween monster kills for the last time. The sequel to 2018’s Halloween, Halloween Kills stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Anthony Michael Hall, Kyle Richards, and more. Written by Green, Danny McBride, and Scott Teems, the film premieres today in theaters and on Peacock. 

Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis returns once again as Strode, this time aided by her daughter (Greer) and granddaughter (Matichak). They take things into their own hands, uniting their town and forming a vigilante mob set on finally taking Myers down for good. (Or until the next sequel.) Pushed back a year due to the pandemic, Halloween Kills premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards, who played young Lindsay Wallace in the original Halloween, will reprise her role in the sequel. Also returning for a cameo is Nick Castle, who played Myers in the 1978 film: “You can’t kill the Boogeyman. Just heard the news. I’m coming back,” Castle tweeted last year. Castle would later clarify that stuntman-actor James Jude Courtney would be playing Myers for most of the film. 

Critics are divided on Halloween Kills, and they seem to be split into two categories: those who are excited to see Michael Myers in all his gory glory, and those who can’t be more disgusted: “#HalloweenKills is a darker, meaner, more disturbing entry in the franchise. The kills are absolutely brutal and shocking in the best way. It was great seeing old characters again, and there is a flashback that blew my mind,” tweeted Collider’s Rafael Motomayor.

Blumhouse exec Ryan Turek announced that the sequels to Green’s 2018 Halloween would have “a wild arc,” with the final franchise entry Halloween Ends slated for release next year. John Carpenter, director and composer of the original Halloween film, reprises his role as composer for both sequels: “It’s brilliant. It’s the ultimate slasher. I mean, there’s nothing more than this one. Wow! Man.”

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