“Halloween Kills”: writer Scott Teems says it’s bigger, badder, and meaner than the first one

"Halloween Kills": writer Scott Teems says it's bigger, badder, and meaner than the first one

A couple of years ago we had the comeback of one of the most celebrated horror sagas of all time. Halloween (2018) was the return of Laurie Strode four decades after her struggle with superhuman masked killer Michael Myers, and it also serverd as the follow-up for the movie created by John Carpenter, leaving aside all the other sequels that happened along the last years. The movie was a box office success, and soon after its release, it was announced that it would have a continuation entitled Halloween Kills (2020).

Halloween Kills (2020) is currently in post-production, and it is scheduled to hit cinemas on the 16th of October 2020, around the Halloween season. The people from Movieweb had the chance to interview Scott Teems, one of the co-writers of the film, and he stated that the new movie “really is the bigger, badder, meaner version of the first one”, continuing that it’s like “Halloween (2018) on speed”.

This conversation was part of the promotional acts for Teems’ latest film as a director, crime thriller The Quarry (2020), available since last weekend on Video on Demand. In it, a drifter kills a traveling preacher and takes his place at a small-town church, but the police chief suspects foul play. Back to Halloween Kills (2020), “it’s kind of like The Quarry (2020), except nothing at all like it. I really can’t say anything about it, but I am really excited about it. I saw a rough cut of it a few weeks ago, and I’m a little biased, but my gut says that people that like the last one will be very excited about this one. It’s like the first one on steroids, I guess“, Scott Teems continued.

For Halloween Kills (2020), David Gordon Green repeats in the directional duties. He was also co-writer of the screenplay together with Danny McBride and Scott Teems, based on the characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Jamie Lee Curtis (as Laurie Strode), Judy Greer (as Karen), and Andi Matichak (as Allyson) replay the characters from Halloween (2018), as well as Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney playing the evil Michael Myers figure. Anthony Michael Hall, Kyle Richards, Stephanie McIntyre, Dylan Arnold, Robert Longstreet, and Omar J. Dorsey also star. The main cast is completed with Nancy Stephens and Charles Cyphers reprising the roles of Marion Chamber and Sheriff Leigh Brackett from Halloween (1978).

As with Halloween (2018), Blumhouse is producing, with John Carpenter as executive producer and composer of the score. The planned David Gordon Green trilogy is expected to be closed next year with Halloween Ends (2021). For the San Diego Comic-Con, a 20 seconds promotional clip for the upcoming Halloween movies was released. You can watch it here:


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