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Is John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ the Fundamental Slasher? Plus New ‘Halloween Kills’ Teaser

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Is John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ the Fundamental Slasher? Plus New ‘Halloween Kills’ Teaser

“Halloween” is certainly a formidable opponent in the race for most iconic slasher, but titles like “Scream,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Psycho” make for some tough competition.

Michael Myers just can’t be killed. 

John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher “Halloween” has spawned 11 subsequent films, and there are still two that have yet to be released: “Halloween Kills” and “Halloween Ends.”  The “Halloween” franchise is one of the highest-grossing American horror series of all time.  Though the plots of the sequels and remakes vary, the “Halloween” films largely follow serial killer Michael Myers as he commits killing sprees and deals with deep-seated family issues.

Universal Pictures announced last week that “Halloween Kills,” the follow-up to 2018’s “Halloween,” has been pushed back to October 15, 2021, one year later than the original release date.  Though this disappointing – albeit unsurprising – news left many disappointed, Universal was quick to offer fans a taste of the terrifying next entry into the “Halloween” franchise – and it looks intense.

“It was a wild and vibrant production. We lined up a cast of legacy characters like Laurie and Tommy, Lindsey, Lonnie, Marion, Brackett and The Shape, then alongside some new faces, we aggressively made the second chapter of our “Halloween” trilogy. It unfolded into an experience that was a creative playground and we feel confident that our misfit pleasures will be seen as an unexpected entry into this franchise,” said directors David Gordon Green and John Carpenter in a statement.

The longevity of the Halloween franchise is a testament to the genius of Carpenter’s first – and only – entry into the Michael Myers Cinematic Universe. The film essay by The Discarded Image above dissects the original “Halloween,” offering brilliant commentary on the cinematography, techniques, characterization, and legacy of the film that is often referred to as “the fundamental slasher.” “Halloween” is certainly a formidable opponent in the race for the most iconic slasher, but titles like “Scream,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Psycho” make for some tough competition.

Check out the “Halloween” video above, and then get excited for October of 2021 by watching the new “Halloween Kills” teaser!

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