“Halloween Kills” isn’t the first film to get its release date changed due to the pandemic.
It may not be the last.
The sequel’s shift, from a 2020 release to this weekend, does complicate one factor emerging from the movie’s publicity push.
Call it the Blame Trump agenda.
Actors and directors alike credited President Donald Trump’s existence for some of their stories during his presidency. It wasn’t meant to be flattering, nor is it over even though Trump left the White House in January.
The creator of “Squid Game” just told reporters he created the smash show partly as a response to Trump’s ascendancy.
Now, two actresses from “Halloween Kills” are taking a similar approach.
Jamie Lee Curtis, the franchise’s beloved “Final Girl” and perpetual thorn in Michael Myers’ side, says the 2018 reboot tapped into the #MeToo movement. The film’s release came after Hollywood mega producer Harvey Weinstein’s downfall, and the third act featured three generations of women fighting Michael Myers to the death.
“Halloween Kills,” by contrast, deals with the Jan. 6 riot, according to Curtis.
“We have just in America watched a mob descend on January 6 with nooses and stun guns and members of Congress in the building,” she continued. “And we all watched it on TV.”
She’s not telling the whole truth about the weapons in play during said riot, something Byron York revealed earlier this week.
Plus, the film was shot and ready for audiences last year, months before Trump supporters descended on the Capitol, furious with the election results.
It’s possible co-star Judy Greer heard about Curtis’ comments, or the Jan. 6 theme is part of the marketing team’s talking points. Either way, Greer also mentioned the event while talking up the film.
“We made the movie at the end of 2019, and it was supposed to come out in 2020, and we pushed because of the pandemic,” she said. “And then there was a riot on our nation’s capital! We didn’t know that was happening when we made this movie about mob mentality and about what happens when you become a part of mob mentality. It’s crazy that that was the case.”
At least Greer acknowledges the obvious, that the movie is in no way connected to the D.C.-based riot.
What both she and Curtis ignore, however, is the same thing Hollywood either ignored, denied or cheered on last year. The Black Lives Matter and Antifa extended riots did far more damage than the Jan. 6 riot. “Halloween Kills” wrapped before those riots, too, which caused millions of dollars in damages and ruined too many businesses to tally up.
The BLM/Antifa riots also had a bigger body count. The only person to die Jan. 6 was a Trump supporter shot and killed by a police officer.
Hollywood, like the mainstream media, remains obsessed with the so-called “insurrection” on Jan. 6. Late night hosts have talked it up for months. A new HBO documentary on the subject drops this month.
Curtis’ comments tied to Jan. 6 sound far more connected to the 2020 riots than anything that happened in D.C.
Curtis described the new movie as the story of a “mob descending together,” comprised of people who are going “to take matters into their own hands.”