A new Halloween Kills set photo teases a flashback to the original 1978 film. After several confusing reboots and retcons, the iconic slasher franchise returned to its roots with 2018's Halloween. That installment effectively erased all the movies that came before and acted as a direct sequel to the 1978 Halloween, which was directed by John Carpenter and starred Jamie Lee Curtis. The recent sequel caught up with Curtis' Laurie Strode, now living as a hardened, PTSD-riddled survivor. When Michael Myers returned once more, Laurie faced him alongside her daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak).
Though it looked like the Strode women had finally gotten the best of Michael, having locked him in the basement of a burning house, fans of the Halloween franchise know the killer has an uncanny ability to survive virtually everything. There are two more movies planned for the series; Halloween Kills is scheduled for October of this year after being delayed from 2020. A handful of teasers have hyped up Michael's latest terror spree, and fans are eager to learn even more about this highly anticipated flick.
Halloween Kills producer Ryan Freimann threw fans a bone recently with a picture from the set of the film. Those familiar with the 1978 original will recognize the car present in the photo: It's the same one Michael used to drive into Haddonfield after escaping the Smith's Grove sanitarium. All signs point to Halloween Kills flashing back to the events of the first movie. You can see the set picture down below.
Halloween Kills has already shown new ties to the original movie with the inclusions of Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards) and Tommy Doyle (this time played by Anthony Michael Hall). A flashback would only further tie the newest installment to the past events, which could make for a more emotionally involved story. Fans needn't worry there won't be enough scares, though: Matichak hinted Michael's revenge in Halloween Kills is on a whole other level, so everyone should brace themselves.
Right now, the hope is that Halloween Kills will finally debut in the fall of this year. Studios have been anxious about scheduling their biggest releases these days, but October is far enough away that things can change. Carpenter previously warned fans Halloween Kills could be sent to streaming. For now, though, it remains a theatrical release. That's probably a far more appealing prospect; there's nothing better than watching a scary movie in a big, dark theater.