Halloween kills

Halloween Kills,” the upcoming entry in Universal’s slasher franchise, will debut on Peacock on the same day as its theatrical release.

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis as the avenging teen-babysitter-turned-grandmother Laurie Strode, “Halloween Kills” is scheduled to debut on Oct. 15.

The scary sequel will be available to Peacock Premium subscribers at no extra fee. The service launched in 2020 and runs at $4.99 per month for its ad-supported tier or $9.99 without advertisements.

Universal first deployed a day-and-date strategy on Peacock earlier this summer with “The Boss Baby: Family Business.” The animated adventure film made $57 million at the domestic box office and $48 million internationally, which isn’t a bad result given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis but (expectedly) didn’t come close to matching ticket sales for its predecessor. “The Boss Baby” premiered in 2016, at a time when the thought of a world-altering pandemic felt like the plot of a Steven Soderbergh movie, and it became a surprise hit with $175 million in North America and $352 million overseas.

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In foregoing some box office sales, Universal is hoping to attract audiences to Peacock. Notably, October 2020 was Peacock’s most-watched month of all-time for horror and fantasy series and films. In placing “Halloween Kills” on its service, Universal could drum up significant sign-ups.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal is the distributor of “Halloween Kills.”

MOVIE INFO

Minutes after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor. But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Evil dies tonight.

  • Rating:R (Some Drug Use|Language|Grisly Images|Strong Bloody Violence)
  • Genre:Mystery & Thriller, Other, Horror
  • Original Language:English
  • Director:David Gordon Green
  • Producer:Malek AkkadJason BlumBill Block
  • Writer: David Gordon Green, Danny McBrideScott Teems
  • Release Date (Theaters):Oct 15, 2021  Wide
  • Release Date (Streaming):Oct 15, 2021
  • Runtime:1h 45m
  • Distributor:Universal Pictures
  • Production Co:Home Again Productions, Rough House Pictures, Miramax, Trancas International Films Inc., Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions
  • Sound Mix:Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:Scope (2.35:1)
  • View the collection: Halloween