‘Halloween Kills’ Gets A “Bloody Good” R Rating

Laurie Strode better watch her back. Michael Myers is going out with a bang–and a lot of gore.

To the surprise of no one, Halloween Kills–the planned penultimate installment in the uber-successful Halloween franchise–this week earned an R rating by the Motion Picture Association, as reported by comicbook.com. That keeps the streak intact–every Halloween entry in the decades-long run of the horror-fest has carried that rating.

Still and all, the “hard” rating will no doubt pique the interest of horror fans everywhere (if that is even needed) as they wait impatiently for the film’s Oct. 15, 2021 theatrical release.

This rating for Halloween Kills, according to the MPA, stems from the movie’s “strong bloody violence throughout, grisly images, language and some drug use.” By contrast, the last installment–2018’s Halloween–got its R rating because of “horror violence and bloody images, language, brief drug use and nudity.” Sounds like Halloween Kills may be ramping up the bloodletting.

The rating certainly backs up what the film’s co-writer, Scott Teems, said during a recent interview. “My gut says that people who like the last one will be very excited about this one,” he said. “It’s like the first one on steroids…the bigger, badder, meaner version.”

Halloween Kills–directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay by Green, Teems and Danny McBride–is a sequel to the 2018 Halloween and the 12th entry in the franchise. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis (just named the Greatest Scream Queen of All Time, as reported here in Horror News Network) as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney also portrays Myers).

In Halloween Kills–still set during Halloween in 2018–Strode and her family “work with new and old allies to form a mob against Michael Myers, who is still loose in Haddonfield,” according to the official synopsis. Halloween Ends–billed as the final chapter in the iconic series–is slated for an Oct. 14, 2022 release.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any and all updates on the continuing saga of Halloween.

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Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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