"It's Next Level, Which Fans of This Franchise Want and Need"
Halloween returned on Tuesday night with the premiere of the next installment in the Michael Myers saga, Halloween Kills.
The cast and creators arrived at Hollywood's iconic TCL Chinese Theater to celebrate the film'' debut, which was delayed by a year due to the epidemic. Dressed for swanky costume parties, the cast assembled for the event.
Jamie Lee Curtis, star and executive producer, welcomed the audience before the screening: "Happy Fucking Halloween!" she exclaimed. As Curtis encouraged everyone to wear Michael Myers masks for a photo with the crowd, Audience members were given Michael Meiners scarves of their own.
Since Myers' debut in 1978, the masked man has become an iconic horror figure, terrorizing Laurie Strode (Curtis) and Haddonfield, Illinois, for decades. Following the original slasher film's first reboot in 2018, the story continues with Kills.
Marion Crane from Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho an homage to her mother Janet Leigh, who played the character in the 1960 film greeted Curtis on the carpet dressed as Marion Crave from the film.
For Halloween Kills, Curtis assumed the responsibility of not only starring in the film, but also executive producing.
Curtis described the filming experience as "my job is being the head cheerleader." As a sort of face of the franchise, my job is to make sure people know that I respect them. Everybody on the crew, the actors, Im a cheerleader. Im not an executive in the sense that I amnt the one making major decisions.
Halloween Kills achieves the next level, which fans of this franchise desire and need, according to Curtis.
Judy Greer, who plays Karen Strode, added, Its quicker, itm louder,itll go faster, and it's scary. Im actually going to try not to cover my eyes tonight.
Greer, dressed in an Annie Hall costume, endorsed the ongoing negotiations of IATSE union workers for better work conditions and higher pay, with a possible strike now scheduled for Monday if an agreement is not reached. Greer stated that she wanted to wear an IATSE pin on her costume, though she admitted that they forgot to do so while she was running out the door. Im in a union, I support unions. I also work in this industry very regularly and I know its a little bit tough on us actors because we work half as much as they do and were paid so much more. I really believe theres a real imbalance, and I want everyone to feel well taken care of.
Nick Castle, who portrayed Michael Myers, or The Shape, in John Carpenters original film, added, These crews deserve everything they can get from the studios. They do such a fantastic job. Ive been doing this for 40 years and I havent been on a set 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,
James Jude Courtney, who plays Myers in Halloween Kills, agreed. We cant do what we do if we donre not getting 70, 80, 100, or 120 of these people on the set, working longer hours than we work. They are the foundation of what we do.
Producer Jason Blum also appeared on the carpet dressed as Curtis Laurie Strode from the first film, complete with a blonde wig and all.
Its great to have films back in theaters, but Im also very pleased that itll be on Peacock so that any and all Halloween fans may see the movie, Blum said of the decision to do a simultaneous release, both at-home and theatrical. Fans can get to the film right away, which makes me very happy, he added.
Ryan Freimann, Kills executive producer, was also in agreement. This film is meant to be seen on the big screen, he added. Im thrilled that were finally getting it out, even though we're doing day-and-dates with Peacock. Theres a portion of the population who doesnt feel at home in the theaters. I think it was about finding the right balance. Its fan service, so having both sets of people see it at the same time is a huge advantage, he says.
David Gordon Green went into this reboot with a trilogy in mind, and as for the franchise's future, he went for it. Green confirmed that the final installment of the trilogy is ready to be written. He dressed as an old-fashioned movie theater usher, a nod to his former job before starting as directing.
Its called Halloween Ends and were going to say night, night, Green said ominously, in regards to Strode and Myers journey together.
With the boogeyman, you never know where hes going to be, Freimann said. The Shapes always around, he says.