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It’s been a little more than a year since we said it.  Now the distributors of Halloween Kills are doing exactly as we’d hoped.  The latest installment in John Carpenter’s original slasher movie series has been ready for viewing since early 2020.  Halloween Kills was wisely kept from theaters a year, so the studio released a teaser then and another earlier this year to keep us interested.  The excuse for not just streaming the movie to viewers was always that the filmmakers didn’t want audiences to have a “compromised theatrical experience.”  We suggested streaming it for Halloween last year here at borg, because it just makes financial sense.  And guess what?  They must have changed their minds.  This Halloween we get a 1980s style celebration with another Halloween movie entry streaming at home for anyone and everyone who wants to see it.  Now it will be released the same day as in theaters via Peacock’s Premium streaming platform.  That’s not the free version we bragged about a few weeks ago here, but the version you can subscribe to for as little as $4.99 per month.  So instead of dropping $20-40 in a crowded theater at the height of the second year of the pandemic, you can just stay home with the fam and watch it for less than five bucks.  That’s going to be great for the streaming service, as it’s sure to be the top bet this Halloween weekend.  Then you can hang around for some of the best classic TV series available on any current platform.  Plus, we now have a full preview of a new Carpenter music track from the film.  Check it out below!

HALLOWEEN KILLS

Originally scheduled for an October 16, 2020, release, this next installment is the direct sequel to 2018’s Halloween, a good third or fourth or fifth effort to reboot the series, which we reviewed here at borg.  The delay for Halloween Kills necessitated the delay to October 2022 for the 13th and “final” film in the series, Halloween Ends.  The odds that it will really be the last Halloween movie?  Probably something like 3,720 to one, but this next film seems likely to be Jamie Lee Curtis’s last turn as Laurie Strode.  Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Nancy Stephens, Charles Cyphers, and Nick Castle as Michael Myers are back, joined by grown-up Kyle Richards (Watcher in the Woods), forty years after she co-starred in the first film in the series, plus everyone’s second favorite ex-Brat Pack & SNL member Anthony Michael Hall, and Robert Longstreet.

Look for Halloween Kills in theaters and at home via Peacock Premium, beginning October 15, 2021.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg