Unfortunate news, horror fans, though not altogether unexpected: Universal Pictures has officially delayed the release of Candyman and Halloween Kills. Candyman, originally slated for a September 2020 release, will now hit theaters (maybe?) in October 2020. Halloween Kills, meanwhile, which was originally slated for an October 2020 release, will now arrive in theaters in October 2021.
Candyman Bumped from September to October 2020
Nia DaCosta's spiritual sequel to the 1992 horror movie Candyman—a movie that was itself based on Clive Barker's short story "The Forbidden"—was originally set to hit theaters this summer. The movie's release date was then bumped to September in the wake of the pandemic. Candyman is now set for an October 2020 release, sliding into Halloween Kills' 10/16 slot. Given the uncertainty over whether theaters across the country will reopen this fall, we may be in store for yet another release date bump.
Halloween Kills Pushed to October 2021
Meanwhile, over in Haddonfield, Illinois, the release date for Halloween Kills has been pushed to October 15, 2021. John Carpenter took to social media to announce the news. Halloween Kills is the sequel to 2018's Halloween. The final act in the planned trilogy, Halloween Ends, was set to hit theaters in 2021. That will obviously be pushed back now. You can read Carpenter's Twitter statements below.
Any good news in all this? Well, Carpenter did release a new teaser clip of Halloween Kills! Check that out below or find it here, and stay tuned for updates.