Halloween Kills will have a hybrid release, debuting in theatres and Peacock, a streaming service. In addition, Slasher Laurie Strode, starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, will be released on October 15 in the United States.
According to Variety, there will be no additional charge for Premium subscribers to watch this film on the same day it is released. Michael Myers’ unstoppable reign of terror will end in Halloween Kills’ sequel when Laurie leads a vigilante mob to track him down.
Earlier this summer, Universal’s animated picture The Boss Baby: Family Business launched the studio’s day-and-date release approach for American audiences.
Universal has decided to go with the hybrid strategy when it comes to the upcoming Halloween movie, even if the studio hasn’t released any audience numbers.
Slasher 2 is the latest in a long series of pandemic-era films that have strayed from standard theatre distribution methods favouring digital distribution. Due to low cinema attendance, traditional Hollywood studios, such as Warner Bros. and Disney, have already elected to release many of their biggest films simultaneously on the silver screen and streaming services.
Scarlett Johansson’s case against Disney for contract breach on the mixed release of Black Widow seems to have placed into doubt if this is the appropriate way to move ahead with the same-day broadcasting option.
Peacock subscriptions are growing, but Universal is still tied to picture houses through a contract it struck last year that permits the studio to put its movies-on-demand after 17 days in theatre chains.
Blumhouse’s Halloween Kills, directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Blumhouse, premiered at Venice International Film Festival on Wednesday, where it was met with mixed reactions. According to the official website, Halloween Kills will premiere on October 15, 2021, and Halloween Ends will follow on October 14, 2022.