BY GRANT HERMANNS

The season of scares is back and with it comes not only Halloween Kills but also many of the franchise’s most iconic characters, including Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode, James Jude Courtney as Michael Myers, Kyle Richards’ Lindsey Wallace and Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Longstreet making their franchise debuts as Tommy Doyle and Lonnie Elam. The film picks up from the events of the 2018 sequel as Myers breaks free from the trap sprung on him by Laurie and resumes his murderous rampage on the town of Haddonfield, Illinois.

Screen Rant partook in a press roundtable for Halloween Kills and spoke with stars Anthony Michael Hall and Kyle Richards to discuss bringing back the original film characters and their evolution into fighters taking a stand against Michael Myers.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen the first one, so what is it for you that you found appealing either in the script or just your character itself returning?

Kyle Richards: It was just so exciting because to think that after 40-plus years that I could be reviving my character of Lindsay was so exciting and to come back and work with Jamie Lee Curtis and get to work with David Gordon Green and Anthony Michael Hall, and all these new people as well was just so exciting. Going back to my roots of acting is just a thrill.

Anthony Michael Hall: Well, this is the first one I’m in, so I’m just happy to be here, I’m glad to be working. [Laughs] I’ve never been this jazzed about anything, the only franchise I’ve been a part of was The Dark Knight and I had kind of a small role in that. But I’ve never been more pumped up about anything I’ve ever been a part of and what I think makes it really special for all of us, I think it’s kind of unanimous, is that we all feel so great about the film.

It packs a punch, it’s really a thrill ride, it’s like a freight train. It’s all of that and most importantly, this is a movie really made for the fans of the franchise. So I think audiences will flip out and I’m really excited, like all of us, all my co-workers, to really unleash the film on the world. It’s gonna be really fun.

Anthony, curious as to how you went about creating an adult version of this character that you didn’t play as a child – did you find any challenges with that? Did you go back and watch the original? Did you kind of create your own version of what you thought?

Anthony Michael Hall: Kind of all the above; I was really very happy when this came about. I had a meeting with David Gordon Green and then I did my screen test two and a half years ago, whatever it was, and I was just so grateful that they welcomed me into this franchise in terms of creating the character. I love that it’s kind of a heroic character, he’s willing to fight with his fellow neighbors in the town of Haddonfield to really rise up against Myers.

I think that there’s a really interesting and cool, unique turn that we all make that we go from the opening sequence where people are sort of commiserating about being survivors and victims of Myers and what they’ve gone through for 40 years, but then they all really summon something really deep in themselves and decide to fight back. They’re not just survivors, but fighters and I think that’s a really cool turn in this classic good versus evil theme.

We have Laurie – and Judy [Greer] and Andi [Matichak] are back. And it’s good versus evil, the Strodes versus Myers, and in this case, the whole town. We really kind of rise up so that was a lot of fun to play with and I think, I speak for only myself, but there was plenty there to work with in the screenplay. It was really a great, great screenplay.

As you’re aware, the 1978 Halloween pioneered many slasher tropes, not the least of which is the “children in danger with the babysitter” trope. How did Halloween Kills adapt, subvert, or even keep the original tropes that the story developed?

Kyle Richards: I think by having my character there with Jamie Lee Curtis kind of kept with the continuity. She was my babysitter in the original Halloween and here we are together all these years later, so with that, we covered the babysitting aspect. But just having part of the original cast, you know, bringing that back was amazing. David Gordon Green, directing all of us and bringing the new characters together, merging to make this amazing film I think it was really a creative way to continue the franchise and having this take on Michael Myers instead of being afraid and running from him, which is what we have always done is. Facing him head-on, I really like that twist.

Screen Rant: My question’s for Anthony, you mentioned that it was fun getting to dive into this iconic character but I’m curious, was there ever any sense of intimidation going into the role given that there have been multiple incarnations of Tommy over the years?

Anthony Michael Hall: Honestly, with the exception of the original film which I loved as a kid – I was about 11 or 12 when it came out – I just kind of went my own direction. I really just followed the guidelines and the clues laid out for us by Danny [McBride] and David and Scott [Teems] with their screenplay. Really, the stakes were high, it’s this classic good versus evil Strode versus Myers and there’s so many great actors and such a great crew that they’ve been with for so long, it was just a really nice family atmosphere.

So on set, it was just very natural just to go about the work and attack it and so all those themes are kind of built-in. It was plenty to work with and I had a lot of fun with that. I think that one of the things I keep saying consistently is everybody in the town makes this kind of heroic turn and rises up and changes from being victims or just merely survivors to fighting.

You know, like that clip from the film where Jamie Lee gives us our marching orders, I think that’s really cool. Although it’s very basic, I think it’s classic, kind of good versus evil and I did that when I was a part of The Dark Knight, but I had a much smaller role. So this was a real challenge and a real privilege to dig into, you know, a lot of fun.

This question is for Kyle, we were just talking about how it took 40 years for Lindsey Wallace to make a return. I’m just wondering after the franchise took off, so many sequels spawned and became so popular, were you surprised that it took 40 years for you to return to this character and how close of an eye did you keep on all the sequels? Did you always have this secret desire to come back and face off against Michael Myers again?

Kyle Richards: Yes, I’ve been waiting 40 years, can you imagine! [Laughs] I kept up with some of the franchise throughout the years, but you know, not all of them to be honest, and then when I saw the last one, before Halloween Kills, it was so great and I was at the premiere.

I just looked at the guys on the carpet, I think it was David Gordon Green and I forget who else was standing there, and I said, “Why wasn’t I in this movie? Everyone keeps asking me on the red carpet. I’m asking you, ‘Why wasn’t I in this?'” So I was really excited to finally be able to reprise my role, because it had come up a number of times, but never happened. So I’m very grateful.

This movie is about standing up still and facing your fears. When in your life did you feel you were actually being really, really brave?

Anthony Michael Hall: I mean, I guess my first thought was in my career, because even though I was a kid, I kind of just dove right into it. It was actually before I was conscious of the fear in a way. But it reminds me of something that Kyle said earlier when she made the first film, I don’t want to speak for her, but, you know, she was just learning her lines, doing her thing.

But when I look back on my own life, I feel the same way, I started out so young, this is my 45th year in the business and I’m only 53, so it’s kind of surreal that I’ve given so much of my life to this. But I think probably that just diving into my career before I even knew I had one. It was a hobby that became a career, you know.

So much of the rebooted film from 2018 is about reclaiming your power after a traumatic event and the way that your two characters fight in this film is different than what we saw with Laurie Strode and it’s different from other characters in the mob that surrounds you. I was wondering if you could just speak to fighting through trauma and how you interpreted the trauma as experienced for your own characters?

Kyle Richards: Well for me, I wasn’t thinking of building my character when I was eight years old doing [the original] movie, but coming back into this role I had to look at who Lindsey is now after what she has gone through as a child and being raised in this town who has been terrorized for more than 40 years.

She’s chosen not to leave and stay in Haddonfield with all of these people who are survivors, warriors, and who have bonded through all of this trauma. I kind of took it from there for myself and built from that and what I really loved about the script is that instead of us all running, we decided to bond together and take on Michael Myers and be brave and not allow him to take us down again, like Anthony with the bat.

Anthony Michael Hall: I got nothing to add to that, that was perfect.

If you look at the career of Anthony Michael Hall, it’s more than a little impressive. The actor found acclaim and massive success in his younger years in a couple of John Hughes’ classics, with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. The actor continued to show off his comedic chops for years, and then he began to explore a different world as a performer. He was excellent as Johnny Smith in The Dead Zone – the television version of the classic Stephen King work. And recently, he’s appeared in everything from the Steve Carell drama Foxcatcher, the television series Rosewood and even Z Nation. And now, the actor has taken on a role that had me excited the first time it was announced. Mr. Hall is Tommy Doyle in Halloween Kills. And pardon the pun, but he kills it in the best of ways.

I was excited to speak with Anthony Michael Hall. I’ve followed his career and was a fan of his early work as well as what the talented performer has become today. And seeing him play Tommy Doyle? What a perfect choice. Anthony opened up about his connection to Halloween and how he found himself playing such an iconic character. He discussed working with David Gordon Green and even went back to compare working with John Hughes. He revealed, as well, that a friend of his had passed over my review of Halloween Kills to him before we spoke. His response was quite flattering. And yes, I’m a massive fan of the new film, and I’m thrilled that audiences can finally have the opportunity to see what scary secrets are revealed as we return to Haddonfield. This Friday, Halloween Kills again and again, at a theatre near you, and on Peacock.

The actor opens up about joining the “Halloween” series and compares working with director David Gordon Green to the late, great John Hughes.

While he starred in some of the biggest teen films of the ’80s, Anthony Michael Hall missed out on the slasher craze at the time. Now, 40 years later, he’s making up on lost time.

“That didn’t happen, unfortunately it didn’t, because I was associated with the comedies of John Hughes,” Hall tells TooFab of avoiding the horror genre in his early career. “They weren’t looking my way then, in the ’80s, [during] what I refer to as the puberty on film trilogy that I starred in.”

But “Halloween Kills” director David Gordon Green was certainly looking his way when it came time to cast the role of Tommy Doyle, the boy Jamie Lee Curtis’ Jamie Strode was babysitting when Michael Myers ran amok in the original film. Hall steps into the shoes previously filled by Brian Andrews in the 1978 classic and Paul Rudd in “Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers,” which was retconned out of existence along with every other sequel for the 2018 “Halloween” revival.

Though OG cast members Curtis, Kyle Richards, Charles Cyphers and Nancy Stephens all return as Laurie, Lindsey Wallace, Sheriff Brackett and Marion Chambers, respectively, Hall is one of two roles that were recast for the new film.

“It’s incredible. I mean, I’ve never experienced this feeling,” he said of being the new kid in a previously existing series. “But I tell you, to be a part of such a beloved franchise, the closest thing that I can say in my career was ‘The Dark Knight,’ I had a nice small role in that, but it was a good one. But this is a phenomenal thing.”

Praising “the quality of the team and the great people involved” in making “Halloween Kills,” Hall went on to particularly call out Green for making the set such a fluid and collaborating place. He also spoke about how his role aligns with many of the other returning players, as they all go on the attack against Michael for the trauma he caused all those years ago.

“He makes it a pleasure to work with. You might get great ideas and feedback and he’s always seeking that out from his crew members that are really friends,” he explained. “I had a blast. I just was really struck by the fact that they gave me this sort of hero part, this great role. But in reflecting upon it and preparing for this tour, it’s really the case for all the townspeople. Everybody begins to make this kind of heroic turn from victims or survivors to fighters.”

Hall went on to compare Green to Hughes, who directed the actor in “The Breakfast Club,” “Weird Science” and “Sixteen Candles.”

“A lot of David’s natural qualities remind me of John in many ways, like a natural born gifted writer … just a gifted director and filmmaker,” he began, “but also there’s a wholesomeness, a niceness, a good quality, a good heart in him, and he’s just a great guy to work with. He’s very fluid, you might get great ideas from the crew or the actors or could be the sound guy, you never know where the best idea is gonna come from. That was very impressive to me too, that he sees it as something that’s a work in progress and he’s willing to dismiss things if they don’t feel right or for not working.”

He added that Green would sometimes just throw new dialogue at Hall on the fly during filming — and even had Tommy pick up a baseball bat to fight Michael as a last-minute addition to the freaky flick. Green even, apparently, got a seal of approval on Hall’s casting from former Tommy actor Paul Rudd, who worked with the director on the 2013 film “Prince Avalanche.”

“I did not myself hear from him, and it was very nice to get his blessing. I didn’t know he lived at the Vatican, but it was very good to hear,” joked Hall of Rudd. “He’s a great guy. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I’ve always admired his work. I did see, was it six that he was in? I saw that recently, it was very cool had very interesting elements and a different take on it. I’m kind of glad that he’s seen it first. He’s very kind of professorial and in the in the role. It’s very interesting.”

Like Kyle Richards before him, Hall hadn’t really seen too many of the “Halloween” films besides the original, the 2018 sequel and, apparently, “Curse of Michael Myers,” but now that he’s a part of the world, he’s ecstatic about the franchise’s die-hard fanbase.

“What’s been really interesting with the delay [in release] is it’s given me time to really plug into the to the franchise fan universe,” he explained. “They are very specific, man, they can tell you about the mask, all the men that have played Myers, all the details, the different timelines, what you thought of the [Rob Zombie] versions, it’s an amazing fan base.”

Now, he feels like one of them.

“What I’ve done for the last year and a half is not unlike what all the fans have done. I’m on YouTube every day I’m looking for reaction videos to the trailer to the test screenings a year ago,” he added. “I’ve been very hungry for all that feedback, man. That’s what makes this very exciting is that we’re gonna unleash it on the world now so it’s really cool, I’m pumped, I couldn’t be more excited about it.”

As these latest movies have given Curtis a chance to return to a role she originated more than 40 years ago, we couldn’t help but wonder if there were any films from Hall’s own resume he’s love to revisit now. “I think it was John’s films are kind of standalone, right?” he answered at first, before sharing a story from the last time he spoke with “the late, great” director.

“He called me in 1987 and he called me with John Candy on the phone … so he did bring it up on that call when we spoke that day, John was toying with the idea of doing a sequel to ‘The Breakfast Club,'” Hall claimed, “kind of seeing them all their middle age.”

“It was in his thinking, he was thinking about that potential all those years ago,” Hall added. “And sadly, that was the last time I spoke to he or Mr. Candy. But that one was in his mind set, you know he was thinking about that one.”

Though that never came to fruition, Hall teased that he did co-produce a film over the summer called “The Class” that found him returning to Chicago to play a principal this time around, a flip on his role “The Breakfast Club.” Added the actor: “I would have never even entertained that idea if this new project wasn’t so great.”

For now, check out Hall in “Halloween Kills,” hitting theaters and Peacock on Friday, October 15.

Halloween returned on Tuesday night for the premiere of the next installment in the classic Michael Myers saga: Halloween Kills.

Dressed for a full-fledged costume party, the cast and creators arrived at Hollywood’s landmark TCL Chinese Theater to celebrate the film’s debut — an occasion that was delayed a full year due to the pandemic.

Prior the start of the screening, star and executive producer Jamie Lee Curtis welcomed the audience: “Happy Fucking Halloween!” she cheered. Audience members were provided with Michael Myers masks of their own, as Curtis encouraged everyone to don the masks for a photo with the crowd.

Since Myers’ debut in 1978, the masked man has become an iconic horror figure, terrorizing Laurie Strode (Curtis) and the town of Haddonfield, Illinois for decades. After the initial reboot of the series in 2018 — 40 years after the original slasher film — the story continues on with Kills.

Curtis arrived on the carpet dressed as Marion Crane from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho — an homage to her mother Janet Leigh, who played the character in the 1960 film.

For Halloween Kills, Curtis took on the role of not only starring in the film, but also executive producing.

“My job is being head cheerleader,” Curtis said of the filming experience. “As the sort of face of the franchise, my job is to make sure people know that I appreciate them. Every person on the crew, the actors, I’m a cheerleader. I’m not an executive in the sense that I’m not the one making big decisions.”

As for the new heights that Halloween Kills achieves, Curtis confirms that “it’s next level, which fans of this franchise want and need.”

“It’s faster, it’s louder, it’s gorier, it’s scary,” Judy Greer, who plays Strode’s daughter Karen, added. “I’m actually gonna try not to cover my eyes tonight.”

Dressed in an Annie Hall costume, Greer expressed her support for the ongoing negotiations of IATSE union workers for better work conditions and higher pay, with a possible strike now set for Monday if an agreement is not reached. “I wanted to wear an IATSE pin on my costume,” Greer said, although she admits that she forgot to do so while rushing out the door. “I’m in a union, I support unions. I also work in this business very regularly and I know it’s really hard on us actors and we work half as much as they do and we get paid so much more. There’s a real imbalance, and so, I really support it, I want everyone to feel taken care of.”

“The crews deserve anything and everything they can pry from the studios,” added Nick Castle, who originated the role of Michael Myers, or “The Shape,” in John Carpenter’s original film. “They do such an amazing job. I’ve never been on a set — and I’ve been doing this for 40 years — where these guys don’t take their jobs so seriously. They work unnecessarily long hours and it can be dangerous, so I hope they win.”

“I’m behind these guys 100 percent,” James Jude Courtney, who embodies Myers in Halloween Kills, agreed. “We can’t do what we do if we don’t have 70, 80, 100, 120 of these people on the set, working longer hours than we work. Truly, they are the backbone of what we do.”

Producer Jason Blum also made an appearance on the carpet dressed as Curtis’ Laurie Strode from the first film, complete with a blonde wig and all.

“It’s great to have movies back in theaters, but I’m also very happy that it’s on Peacock so that any and all Halloween fans can see the movie,” Blum said of the decision to do a simultaneous release, both at-home and theatrical. “Fans can get to the movie right away, which makes me very happy.”

Kills executive producer Ryan Freimann agreed. “This movie is meant to be seen on the big screen,” he said. “I’m thrilled that we’re finally getting it out, even though we’re doing day-and-date with Peacock. There’s a portion of the audience that don’t feel comfortable going to the theaters. I think it was about finding the balance. It’s fan service… so allowing both sets of audiences to see it at the same time — it’s a huge plus.”

As for the future of the franchise, director David Gordon Green went into this reboot with a trilogy in mind. Dressed as an old-fashioned movie theater usher — a nod to his former job before getting started as a director — Green confirmed that the script for the final installment of the trilogy is ready to go.

“It’s called Halloween Ends and hopefully we just say ‘night, night,’” Green said ominously, in regard to the completion of Strode and Myers’ journey together.

“With the boogeyman, you never know where he’s gonna be,” Freimann added. “The Shape’s always around.”

Katie Song

Hey, the film series is called Halloween, is it not? David Gordon Green, Judy Greer, and Jamie Lee Curtis all showed up to the Halloween Kills premiere in Halloween costumes. Because as long as red carpets are back, we might as well go all out. Curtis came dressed as her mother’s iconic Psycho character Marion Crane. Curtis previously recreated her mom Janet Leigh’s iconic shower scene in 2015 for Scream Queens. Greer decided to show up as someone equally bone-chilling: Annie Hall from the Woody Allen movie of the same name. David Gordon Green came dressed as a theater usher, one step away from The Shining bartender or the Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horror Nights character The Usher. And Jason Blum got dressed in Laurie Strode drag. But Anthony Michael Hall had perhaps the spookiest costume of all: a guy that doesn’t “do” costumes. The horror, the horror!

Jamie Lee Curtis dressed as her mother Janet Leigh from the horror classic “Psycho” at the costume party premiere of “Halloween Kills” on Tuesday night at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Curtis commanded attention when she hit the black arrivals carpet in a blonde wig and blue dress while carrying a bloody shower curtain.

“It’s the ultimate good versus evil,” Curtis said of the “Halloween” franchise. “Laurie Strode represents the quotidian, quintessential, innocent American teenage girl, that is innocence personified. And when you collide it with the essence of evil which is Michael Meyers, you create a tension that you, the audience member, wants to protect her.”

The sequel to the most recent “Halloween” film, “Halloween Kills” premieres Oct. 15. The film follows Strode and her family as they band together with the other survivors of Haddonfield, Ill. to hunt down Michael Meyers and end his reign of terror once and for all.

“It’s old school. Every western has a good guy and a bad guy. Shakespeare, the Greeks, there’s always been this collision between good and evil, and it’s been very successful and emotional at the same time,” Curtis told Variety.

The film tackles themes of fear and the gravity of death, but director David Gordon Green explained that the beauty of the franchise also lies within the audience’s ability to take away their own lessons from the story. Green arrived in costume as an old-school movie theater ticket man, dressed in a red suit with yellow detailing.

“The beauty of Michael Meyers is it’s an expressionless, emotionless face, and so we can project our fear onto him, or if you like having fun at a scary movie, let’s go scream our heads off and eat some popcorn,” Green said.

The original premiere date for “Halloween Kills” was slated nearly a full year ago, but was delayed due to the pandemic. “It was so hard when the movie was finished, and we didn’t get to show it, so I’m very glad we’re getting to show it in the best theater in the world here,” said producer Jason Blum, dressed as Strode in a blonde wig, green jacket and white shirt.

Curtis, Green and Blum introduced the film before the screening (“Happy fucking Halloween!” yelled Curtis to a cheering audience), which was immediately followed by a rooftop afterparty at the nearby Dream Hotel.

After what seemed like forever, Halloween Kills is finally here. The second entry in David Gordon Green’s trilogy follows directly after the gruesome events of Halloween night, 2018. What should’ve been Michael Myers’ death sentence, Laurie Strode’s burning trap basement, is turned into something far more distressing as the Boogeyman lives up to his everlasting name and manages to escape. Once again, Michael is heading home. But the night’s death toll has drastically motivated the townspeople of Haddonfield to unite and take down the murderous, masked psychopath for good. While Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) recovers in a hospital bed, a new face steps up to speak for Haddonfield, a now-adult Tommy Doyle played by veteran actor Anthony Michael Hall.

We were lucky enough to sit down for a fascinating, extensive chat with Anthony Michael Hall, best known for his iconic roles in John Hughes classics such as The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. Hall’s role as Tommy Doyle, a recognized character returning from the original 1978 Halloween alongside Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace, plays a pivotal part in the film, both thematically and action-wise. “The new avenues that David Gordon Green takes with introducing a wider cast of characters is very welcomed, especially as it emphasizes the sheer inhumane and indestructible nature of Michael Myers.”

Our conversation with Anthony Michael Hall covers plenty of ground on Halloween Kills, from his on-set collaborations with David Gordon Green to his approach to Tommy Doyle’s legacy. He also puts it out there that he wouldn’t mind joining Green’s upcoming Exorcist sequel for Blumhouse as well!

So the first question is pretty simple, did you grow up liking the Halloween films? Did you know much about them?
Anthony Michael Hall: It’s very funny because, to be very honest, I wasn’t somebody following horror over all these years and in the industry as well. But when I was a kid, I did see the first one. So when the first [Halloween] came out, I saw it on cable, which was new, like streaming, all those years ago in the 80s. So I remember seeing it, when I was about 11 or 12 years old, for the first time when my parents had gone out. And what I remember are those visceral shots where it’s from Myers’ perspective and he was stalking [Laurie Strode], while she’s walking through the neighborhood with the soundtrack and the whole thing. So I do remember as a kid, and it did have an impact because I remember thinking, wow, this was new territory.

In Halloween Kills, Tommy Doyle has gone through the natural progression brought on by the terror that he lived through as a child. He’s become a hero of sorts, as I would describe it. Out of curiosity, did you get much say in Tommy’s actual characterization?
Anthony Michael Hall: You just hit it on the head because that was the feeling I got from David Gordon Green, immediately. He became a friend and an ally, and I felt like he was giving me this kind of hero’s role, which is wonderful. The truth is, in fairness to the rest of the cast because there are so many great actors in this, he makes the whole town take this heroic turn where they go from being victims and survivors, as you saw in the opening of the picture, to really summoning and going deep within themselves to take [Michael Myers] on now. Then there’s a scene later in the movie with Jamie Lee Curtis where I go “what do we do now?” and she goes, “we fight.” And that’s the model.

That whole idea of creating a hero in Tommy, and that he’s kind of the eye of the storm, was really meaningful to me because I felt very much trusted by David and I felt really excited to play that part – to lead the charge on behalf of the town. As an actor even though this is all make-believe, as we know, you have to make those circumstances and situations real for yourself, which sort of jazzed me up because I really felt like, “Wow, this is cool, David really believes in me and I have this really fantastic role.” That was actually what came to mind too, which is that it’s a hero’s role. So what happens after the opening of the film is that energy galvanizes everybody and then we’re off and running because [Michael] is on the loose again.

This leads well to my next question, did you feel any pressure when preparing to play Tommy because he’s such a recognized character from the original? What was it like for you considering that there were other versions before?
Anthony Michael Hall: The first thought I had when you said that, was like when I did The Dead Zone all those years ago, I was asked similar questions. I’ve always been a huge fan of certain actors like Christopher Walken, but in the context of that show, I never wanted to imitate him in any way. But I kind of knicked the pea coat and the cane and some of the elements from the original film.

With Halloween Kills, having seen that first film, I remembered some interesting things which create a sort of polarity with a full circle arc with Tommy. As a kid, he was bullied, in the first film, by Lonnie. It’s really funny because Robert Longstreet [who plays Lonnie] and I really hit it off and became good friends, he’s a great guy. So I worked with the awareness that as a kid, he was the one who says that to Jamie’s character Laurie, which is “you can’t kill the Boogeyman,” and he’s a kid that’s bullied, and that he’s kind of living in fear. So there’s a very special bond between Jamie’s character, Laurie, and also not just myself, but Lindsey, too. That’s a really interesting arc if you go back to that first film.

Now, what’s brilliant about what they did is they, Scott [Teems], Danny [McBride], and David, did a beautiful job threading those original characters, right from the first film through 2018. People are really going to get hit with this film, and we’ll see the impact of it. A lot has been said about the sort of mob rules mentality and all that, you know, the fact that the world started to mirror some of the themes that David was exploring in the film was just happenstance – it just kind of evolved that way with the world and all the societal issues in the pandemic. It was life imitating art, instead of the other way around, or it could be viewed that way. But, obviously, none of us planned that.

So with Tommy, I didn’t look at the other films, I’ll be very honest. I’ve seen a few of them in the two years since. What’s funny is that it’s given me an opportunity with the delay of the movie, I’m just like any Halloween fan. I’m online, I’m on YouTube, I’m looking at fan sites and looking at these reaction videos. There’s like a whole culture of Halloween fans. So that was actually really fun, that in the delay, once Jason Blum made the decision, I tried to find any reaction videos to either the test screenings or what people thought of the trailer that was released. That’s all been brilliant for me to get a closer sense of what the fans think. And as you know, they have very specific opinions about all 11 other movies. So for me, I looked at the original film and I did appreciate that the arc is interesting because as a kid, he’s afraid of the Boogeyman, he was bullied, and then he comes back as a total fighter here in his middle age.

Anthony Michael Hall: I do and I’m really excited about it. I mean, you can probably hear it in my voice. It’s such a thrilling thing because, with the exception of The Dark Knight, I’ve never been a part of a big franchise. Obviously, I had a nice role that [Christopher Nolan] gave me, but it was smaller. So with this, I’m over the moon. I was really excited about it during the making and the two other years that I’ve been waiting, like everybody else and all the fans. You know, it’s a very rare sort of alignment of things where we all feel great about the work that David did, it’s a phenomenal movie that David put together.

Also, I was a huge fan of Danny [McBride] and David from some of their other comedies, especially all those TV shows they did for HBO. So to me, it’s this beautiful combination of elements and events coming together. It’s truly a thrill ride, that was like my first takeaway when I saw the film. I was like, wow, talk about satisfying an audience or fanbase. They really did with this film and I’m very proud of that. Just by association, working with Danny and David has meant so much to me. To be given this role, to play this hero part with Tommy, it really means a lot. Then the other aspect for me is just to build up the fact that there is a domestic and global anticipation and appetite for this film. It makes it really exciting, especially because people are going to be wowed by it. I’m very fortunate, blessed, and excited. And I have to say, I think more than anything I’ve ever done in my career, I’d have to go on record.

Talking about David Gordon Green, how was it working with him, someone who is becoming more seasoned in the horror realm? Is he a natural at this?
Anthony Michael Hall: That’s a great point, your instincts were spot on. I think he really is. One of the things that happened when we first met, which was a good fortune – I have a great management company, Mitch Mason and Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment – and when this came up two years ago, I requested a meeting with David. He was in town doing casting and taking meetings, we met in his favorite hotel. We sat down and I’ll tell you, he was so forthright, cool, easy-going, accessible, and very open. He said that they had just moved back to South Carolina, he and his wife and kids, and was very excited about how they set up their life.

Also, creatively, he just went from comedy to now this franchise. As we all know, the last one was a massive hit, right? So we had a really cool conversation at the end of the summer, we spoke for about an hour in the hotel lobby. Then what happened was they did a screen test and I just made it as real as I could for myself, just like in the film, I just go all in. So I was really over the moon that I got the job. It’s a combination that we know the movie is really solid, that it really packs a punch, and then also there’s such an expectation for which makes it sort of a perfect alignment.

Halloween Kills has been described as one of the most bloody entries in the franchise, how was it working on the set of such a gore-filled extravaganza?
Anthony Michael Hall: [Halloween Kills] had to live up to the title, right? It’s built on the title. What I will tell you is, this franchise and this group of people are incredibly creative. Especially the people at Rough House Pictures, which is David and Danny’s company. They are very loyal guys. The only other case that I’ve heard is Clint Eastwood’s sets, where they’ve kept the same crew that they worked with for 15 years. That says a lot. They’re family guys who really are down-to-earth and good people.

Christopher Nelson, for example, although I didn’t really have many conversations with him, that guy takes it very seriously, he’s a top-notch special effects artist. Then we also had this brilliant cinematographer, Michael Simmonds, who was such a great guy to work with. That’s such a key relationship because when I do a picture, like when I was on The Dark Knight and I saw Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister, or when I did Edward Scissorhands with Stefan Czapsky and Tim Burton, I’m always studying the relationship between the director of photography and the director because that’s key. We really have to have a blood bond, to get through it together and attack the day. I’m just trying to paint the picture [for Halloween Kills] that there are all these great departments, where the crew all have a shorthand because they’re really friends and not just co-workers, a lot of them went to college together in South Carolina. So you have this really cool, well-rounded, very healthy, adjusted, nice group of people that really work hard and are great at what they do.

Also, there’s a lot of laughs because David is very collaborative, he’s very fluid and loose on the set. The one thing I noticed, to be honest, was that it very much reminded me of my early years as a kid working with John Hughes. Let’s delineate for a second to make the comparison. There are some common traits, they’re both great writers and natural filmmakers. Obviously, David’s a very talented filmmaker and really understands from the audience standpoint. So it’s a combination of all those things. Having all the same qualities that John Hughes had, took me by surprise. The other thing too is that he’s such an accessible, easygoing guy. Throughout the production, John Hughes did this too, he really carves out time to have discussions with each actor on the scene. Whether it’s to dismiss certain things if they feel clunky or to discuss if we need another line. Ultimately, when you have a filmmaker at the helm like that, who has that kind of humility within their process, you get so much more out of it because people want to go to bat for you that much more. Pun intended in this case.

Even the thing with the bat that came up about a week or two into production. David was like, “I think you should have a weapon” and I said, “Dude, let’s go for it.” So we placed the bat, which is called Huckleberry, behind the bar. Now, here’s a quick little interesting anecdote about David and his casting. He’s able to do this Fellini-esque type of thing. For example, the gentleman that plays the bar owner is a guy named Brian. Brian is actually a good friend of David’s from Austin, Texas, because David’s originally from Dallas. So the gentleman who plays the bar owner in the film really does own a restaurant in Austin and really is friends with David. So he cast him to play the bar owner in [Halloween Kills]. David can write comedic characters, work with dramatic actors or people with no acting experience, and still get something of value. I was impressed that just not only did he reintroduce the characters from the original, but he creates space for others. That’s quite a feat because I think he did it quite effortlessly.

Would you like to do more horror in the future or is it more dependent on the character you’re given, or even perhaps the director you’re working with?
Anthony Michael Hall: In fairness, it is a little bit of all of that. I really would be interested in doing more, but it would depend on the character and the filmmaker. For instance, I would work with these guys again in a second. Anything they would ever ask me to do, I would be there for them. You know what’s interesting, too? As I’m sure you’ve read about, David is now attached to The Exorcist reboot. I would never sort of throw myself at them like that, but I have already let them both know that I would love to work with them again.

So to answer your question, yeah, I would definitely like to explore more in horror. It’s a genre that I’ve learned a lot about in this process. From an audience perspective that just like comedies are great dramas, it’s something that people obviously love. The idea of a good scare, I think there’s something very fundamental about it. I know I’m kind of late to the party, but it’s really interesting and I would like to do more. I can tell you this without giving away any Blumhouse secrets, [Halloween Kills] was made for the same price as the last one. So considering you can pack that much of a punch and deliver such a good movie on a $10-11 million range is amazing. I have a lot of respect for Jason Blum and the company with what they’re doing, and I would work with any of them again in a second. But, in terms of genre, I am more intrigued now, absolutely.

A LIVE Q&A with Anthony Michael Hall (amh4real) to talk about his new film #HalloweenKills – in theaters & streaming on @PeacockTV tomorrow!

Halloween Kills star Anthony Michael Hall joined us for a live chat about the movie on Instagram. We talked horror with the veteran actor of TV’s The Dead Zone and most famously in films The Breakfast ClubWeird ScienceSixteen Candles, and National Lampoon’s Vacation.

Hall stars as Tommy Doyle in the latest entry into the Halloween canon. The story picks up minutes after the events of director David Gordon Green’s 2018 film, Halloween. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she has finally killed her life-long tormentor. But Michael Myers escaped the fiery cage she left him in and has resumed his bloodbath. With daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), Laurie joins a group of Michael’s survivors to hunt down the monster once and for all.

The film is written by Scott Teems, Danny McBride, and Green and is based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.

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We are hours away from the release of Universal Pictures, Halloween Kills. This is the sequel to the 2018 feature film Halloween film that connects to the original iconic horror/slasher 1978 film by John Carpender. Decades later, Michael Myers is still a lethal threat that is a danger to all in Haddonfield.

Part of what makes Halloween Kills special is its attention to the past. We have some returning cast members from the original film. As well as characters from the past that have been re-cast. First, we have the obvious Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie who we had already seen in the previous film. Then we also have the return as Kyle Richards as Lindsey and Nancy Stephens as Marion. The character of Tommy Doyle is also in the film but has been recast by Anthony Michael Hall.

In Halloween Kills we will see how the trauma of the original attacks has affected these characters. To the point where they have formed a support group. But what happens when they find out that Michael Myers returns? Will they flee in horror or band together to try and bring down evil once in for all?

Ahead of its release, LRM Online participated in a round table discussion with Kyle Richards and Anthony Michael Hall. During the discussion, they talk about their experience on Halloween Kills. Richards even goes into detail about returning to the big screen. We also learn more about Tommy and what is motivating him in the film. It’s a cool conversation that you can check out down below!

Here is the synopsis for Halloween Kills
Minutes after Laurie Strode (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.

By Corey Chichizola

This time of year many moviegoers take the time to watch some horror movies. David Gordon Green’s Halloween Kills will arrive in theaters in mere days, offering a ton of scares and the return of Michael Myers. Anthony Michael Hall is making his franchise debut in the slasher, and revealed a sweet cameo in the horror sequel.

In Halloween Kills Anthony Michael Hall plays an adult version of Tommy Doyle– the little boy who Laurie was babysitting in John Carpenter’s 1978 original movie. His version of the character is a strong defender of Haddonfield, created by director David Gordon Green and company. I had the privilege of speaking with Hall ahead of the movie’s release, where he revealed a cameo that Green added to the upcoming release. As he put it,

Brian who plays the bartender, the owner of the bar in the beginning, he’s actually a good friend of David’s who owns a bar in Austin. So David does this kind of Fellini thing where he hires him to be the bar owner in the movie because he loves the guy and they’re friends. David Gordon Green does all these great things. He can direct great actors who are comedic or so-called dramatic actors, and he can also work with people who have no experience. And that’s beautiful too.

I mean, how cool is that? While David Gordon Green is working with legacy actors and the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis on Halloween Kills, he’s also someone who highlights lesser known talents. And that includes casting his friend who owns a bar as Joe the Haddonfield bartender.

During our conversation, Anthony Michael Hall helped to peel back the curtain on what it was like working on Halloween Kills. From our chat I got the feeling that everyone involved in the project was genuinely happy to be there. And that joy starts from the top down with director-writer David Gordon Green.

David Gordon Green has had a unique career, as his collaboration with Danny McBride has resulted in both comedies and drama. That includes the current Halloween trilogy, as well as Pineapple Express and shows on HBO like The Righteous Gemstones. We’ll just have to wait and see if Joe the bartender ends up in a future project like the new Hellraiser movie.

Anthony Michael Hall is making his debut in Halloween Kills as Tommy Doyle, but it’s a character beloved by the generations of fans out there. He was played in John Carpenter’s 1978 original by Brian Andrews, and then more recently by Paul Rudd in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Rudd gave Hall his blessing, although that sequel technically isn’t part of the current canon.

Halloween Kills hits theaters and on Peacock on October 15th. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.