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

by Thomas Tuna

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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