Because of the current global pandemic, Halloween Kills - the sequel to 2018's Halloween has been bumped back to October 2021.
An explanatory message from film-makers David Gordon Green and John Carpenter reads:
"We write this to you heartbroken over the fact that the delay of our film is even a discussion, but if there’s one thing that a career in the film industry has prepared us for, it is the unexpected. Over the past few weeks, our film family has looked at the forecast of theatrical exhibition with obvious concern. We have discussed and struggled with how best to present Halloween Kills to the loyal fans around the world, as well as the new audience we hope to invite to this experience.I have a very strange relationship with the Halloween franchise.
It was a wild and vibrant production. We lined up a cast of legacy characters like Laurie and Tommy, Lindsey, Lonnie, Marion, Brackett and The Shape, then alongside some new faces, we aggressively made the second chapter of our Halloween trilogy. It unfolded into an experience that was a creative playground and we feel confident that our misfit pleasures will be seen as an unexpected entry into this franchise.
If we release it in October of this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a compromised theatrical experience. After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year.
On top of a traditional release, Universal has agreed to an IMAX presentation of the film in October 2021. We are sound mixing with one of the greatest design teams that can slash, scream and creep their way under your skin. We’re going to have time to complete the film with the quality that fans deserve. And preparation on Halloween Ends has begun as well.
It is an honor to be working with these characters and spending time in Haddonfield. We look forward to sharing our next chapters with you."
Barring the totally bonkers - and largely unconnected - Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, I've never really "got" any of the chapters I've seen, and yet I keep coming back.
Presumably in the hope that one day there's be an entry in the franchise that finally clicks.
Of course, if you can't wait a whole year for some suitably Halloween-tinged frights, then there's always this:
Scooby-Doo and Shaggy’s favorite holiday is upon us! With fake monsters and candy galore, Halloween is heaven for these hungry foodies going door-to-door.
But this year, their sweet holiday turns sour when the neighborhood pumpkin patch is infected by toxic ooze, creating high-flying jack-o-lanterns, and a king-sized pumpkin leader squashing everything in its path.
It’s up to Scooby-Doo and the gang as they team up with their pals, Bill Nye The Science Guy and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve this mystery of gigantic proportions and save Crystal Cove!
Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! a brand-new animated film that arrives on Digital and DVD October 6.