It was announced this week that universal would release HALLOWEEN KILLS to livestreaming on the same day that it releases in theaters. What a stupid move. This is guaranteed to cut the legs from the film in terms of its box office haul. Why would they do this?
Folks, the move has nothing to do with a lack of confidence in the film. Nor does it have to do with the deltarona. SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS has now proven that people will go to the theater despite the deltarona, provided it’s a movie with enough drawing power, and HALLOWEEN KILLS has more than enough. It has so much potential drawing power that Sony elected not to put their own movie, VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE, up against it, moving the latter film’s release date up to October 1st. And then Universal turned around and made this announcement. What horseshit. Universal is sacrificing HALLOWEEN KILLS to try to prop up its livestreaming platform, Peacock. It’s as simple as that. Fortunately we don’t have to worry about this spoiling the chance for any sequels, as the third part of the current trilogy is already set for fall of next year. But that’s why I despise livestreaming so much. It limits the options for us, the viewers. It determines to greater or lesser extent the kinds of movies we’ll get to see in the future.
Livestreaming is the enemy of the true movie fan. Livestreaming, and the mismanagement skills of suits-in-offices.