On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed Halloween Kills. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!
So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to BuzzFeed’s Allie Hayes about Halloween Kills and the future of Michael Myers. Here's some of what we learned:
BuzzFeed Daily: Can you give us a little background about this movie, like where it picks up and how it fits into the overall series?
BuzzFeed Daily: It's already made over $50 million, which is a good $10-$15 million more than they thought they were going to make. It also had the biggest opening since COVID began. And this is despite being released both in theaters and on Peacock on the same day. So does this surprise you, or is there something very unique about a Michael Meyers movie being released in October that just gets people?
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AH: Yeah, I was going to say, there's just something really magical about a movie called Halloween being released in October. It reminds me of how back in the day we used to be able to count on there being a new Saw movie. For like 10 years, there was a new Saw movie every October. I used to joke that it was my Fifty Shades of Gray in February.
BuzzFeed Daily: Box office aside, the reactions to it so far seem to be extremely on one end of the spectrum or the other. Can you explain what people are saying about it, and why you think there's been such a polarized reaction?
I know the Halloween Kills discourse is heated right now, but no matter where you landed on the movie, can we all just agree that Little John & Big John were great?
BuzzFeed Daily: She's probably exhausted.
BuzzFeed Daily: Speaking of extreme reactions there, there's one that was really surprising. So in the movie, there's a scene where Michael goes to town on a group of firefighters. I don't know if you saw, but there's a Change.org petition to have the scene actually removed. Now, considering Michael's been around for over 40 years and his whole thing is that he kills pretty indiscriminately, this feels like a big, extreme reaction. I mean, it's a small petition — there are barely 400 signatures on it — but have you ever seen anything like that before?
BuzzFeed Daily: OK, so let's talk about the next Halloween movie a little. It's called Halloween Ends, and it was originally going to pick up where Halloween Kills left off and take place on Halloween of 2018. But producer and director David Gordon Green recently revealed that the next movie will jump ahead and take place in October 2022, which is when it's set to be released. He also said the movie will address the "worldwide pandemic and peculiar politics and another million things that turned their world upside down." So what do you think of that decision? Do you think the franchise's core fan base will be onboard with that?
BuzzFeed Daily: Horror movie franchises are kind of notorious for including titles that make it seem like the movies are ending when they're really not. Nightmare on Elm Street did it with Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, only to have Wes Craven's New Nightmare a few years later, and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter came out less than a year before its follow-up, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. Do you think Halloween Ends might actually be the last Halloween movie, or will it, like Michael Myers, just never die?
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AH: I don't think it's the end of it. I think as long as there's an audience for it, there will always be Michael Myers. Do I think this may be the last one that we see Jamie Lee Curtis in? Absolutely. It reminds me a little bit of the new Star Wars movies where, if you asked me, "Does this mean there's going to be no more Star Wars?" I would be like, "No, of course not. But do I think it's the last three Star Wars movies that will star the original people? Yes."
So I think this will probably be the end of Laurie Strode's arc, at least in the world of Jamie Lee Curtis. It's a horror movie — in 30 years, they can do Laurie Strode: The Prequel, and then that'll be something else. But no. Horror movies will always give themselves an out to be able to make more if the audience is there, and I don't think that this is any exception.