One element among many that I loved about 2018’s Halloween was how it was so perfectly intertwined with the 1978 original. Naturally, that came with the territory because David Gordon Green’s blockbuster ignored all films sandwiched in between, but I couldn’t help thinking how similar the two flicks felt. In my view, Green understands what makes this franchise tick almost as well as John Carpenter himself.
As you no doubt remember, Jamie Lee Curtis made an unforgettable return to the Laurie Strode role, which she’s actually set to reprise yet again in the upcoming Halloween Kills. Providing the assist will be that of Anthony Michael Hall as a grownup Tommy Doyle. Paul Rudd had actually been sought out at first but his Ghostbusters 3 filming schedule prevents him from showing up. That said, fans of The Curse of Michael Myers will now have to get used to seeing a new Tommy in town.
On top of that, though, you can also get ready for yet another callback to “the night HE came home” because Kyle Richards is the latest talent to be enlisted for the highly anticipated sequel, as she’ll once again slip into the Lindsay Wallace character. If you’ll recall, she was babysat by Annie Brackett when the carnage began going down.
After taking in this news, we can’t help wondering if any other Halloween series alumni will be brought aboard for another go-round. The fanbase has been demanding that Danielle Harris put in an appearance of some sort, even if the two characters she’s played don’t exist in Green’s timeline. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to ask her.
Before I get out of here, I’ll remind you of two other key involvements, those being contributions made by Nick Castle and John Carpenter. With Castle being referred to as “the O.G. Shape,” it came as a welcome surprise seeing him in a scene last time around. I’m guessing this next gig will be just as light for him, but it’s great knowing he’s there in some capacity. Carpenter, meanwhile, is set to score the picture.
Halloween Kills arrives in theaters on October 16th, 2020, with Halloween Ends set to follow on October 15th, 2021.