A brand new teaser has been released for Halloween Kills, the direct follow-up to Halloween (2018), beware the rest of this post (including the teaser) contains SPOILERS for Halloween (2018) (and if you haven't seen it, why haven't you? It's perhaps the greatest horror sequel in the history of slashers!):
What an epic punch to the stomach. After all the trouble, and just hell, that Laurie, her daughter, and grandaughter went through to get rid of Michael and finally be free after all those years of terror, the firefighters seem to be on their way to put the fire out, but in that process save Michael as well. That's the definition of a nightmare. The boogeyman that will just not die. Regardless to say, it gave me chills. It's completely sensical (I mean, the fiefighters are just doing their job), but at the same time it's a massive kick to the groin. Either way, it's a great opening for the sequel, and it both explains and justifies why Michael did not die in the fire.
Will Michael escape shortly after the fire is out and continue on his killing spree? Or will he be taken to the hospital to get treated and face-off Laurie once again there? The latter sounds like a retread of the first Halloween II, but given the subvertive nature of Halloween (2018) and the fact it's the same creative team doing this one and the next sequel, I think it's safe to say they'll play with our expectations once more like they did with the previous sequel.
Another important detail is that sadly, as you can see at the end of the teaser, this has been pushed back a whole year to the fall of 2021. It's quite disappointing as it was one of my most anticipated films of this year, but of course, public health should take precedence. So while disappointing, it's completely understandable, and if I'm being quite honest, sort of relief since they won't be confusing fans by pushing the date every two weeks like they have done with Tenet and the remake of Mulan.
Outside of that great teaser, the other good news is that the production team also announced they will take this extra time to further finesse the quality of the film and improve upon the audio mix, also announcing that it will get an IMAX release (checkout the tweet from John Carpenter linked below). Did the teaser make you as excited for next year as it made me? Can't wait for next year now. It'll be torture, but it seems it will be well worth it.