What Halloween Kills Means For The Slasher Movie Genre Beyond 2021

Is the slasher golden age of the 80s due a renaissance?

Halloween Kills
Universal Pictures

Although half the seats of fully-booked cinema theatres may still be restrictively empty right now, Hollywood still has a bulging list of ready-to-go movies waiting for the halted world to be given the full beam of a green light once again - and in the horror world, the most anticipated upcoming release is David Gordon-Green’s Halloween Kills.

To our dismay, it was announced back in July that the original release of October 16th 2020 was to be delayed by a whole year. It’s now due on the October 15th 2021. This means that this month when we should have been booking our seats in suspense for yet another bloody visit to Haddonfield, all we can do is sadly imagine just what kind of exciting slasher sequel Gordon-Green and co. have in store for us. John Carpenter himself, the mastermind of all things Michael Myers, has promised Halloween Kills won’t disappoint. He’s described it as “a quintessential slasher film, (..) fun, intense, and brutal.”

Despite us all wanting an official trailer to satisfy our year-long wait ahead, we have no choice but to remain patient for now. We’ve been treated to a fair share of scoops anyway, including a teaser trailer, a few Instagram uploads of on-set stills, and a bunch of insiders insisting there are big things to come - so sit tight and compose your excitement.

A major Corona-shaped bump in the road may have shaken the cinema industry with economic uncertainty, but it’s still inevitable that a new Halloween instalment will be coming to screens near you eventually, just not as soon as we hoped.

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