Freaky director Christopher Landon condemns Halloween Ends release date and criticizes studios for failing to give horror movies a chance at the box office.
As the film makes its way to Peacock, freaky director Christopher Landon slams Halloween ends‘ same day streaming release model. The 2020 horror comedy marked the latest effort to mix genres in the Happy Day of the Dead director, who switches timelines for a body-swap story about a serial killer and a shy teenage girl who accidentally switch bodies. Led by Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn, freaky debuted to largely positive reviews from critics and modest box office returns, bringing in just over $16 million against its $6 million production budget.
Halloween ends marks the final chapter in David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s reboot trilogy, which picks up a few years after its predecessor as Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode faces Michael Myers for the last time. Like Halloween kills before that, Universal Pictures chose to release the film simultaneously in theaters and via streaming on Peacock for 60 days, before finally releasing it on VOD platforms. Halloween ends debuted this weekend to largely mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, and a vet of the horror genre has no faith in the film’s box office potential.
On the heels of the film’s release, Christopher Landon took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Halloween endsstreaming release model. The freaky The director denounced the decision to debut the film in both Peacock and theaters, recalling how the studio’s decision to do so with his film shortly after theatrical releases ended up hurting box office chances. See what Landon explained above:
How streaming hurt Halloween and Freaky tills
Given Halloween kills collected just over $131 million against its $20 million production budget, it’s understandable that Universal was confident Halloween ends a simultaneous streaming and theatrical release. While Thursday night screenings for the latter film outperformed its predecessor, overall weekend projections were ahead of the game Halloween ends put it under the 2021 film. While it has already recovered its $20 million production budget, it will be interesting to see if the film’s streaming release and bad reviews keep it from performing as well as the latter. movie.
unlike Halloween endshowever, freaky did enjoy strong reviews from critics and audiences, but didn’t soar at the box office in the same way, as they were released just months after theaters tried to recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While it was still a success on VOD in the end, it’s understandable that Landon still looks back at the film’s early digital release with frustration rather than a bigger chance at the box office. Only time will tell how the film performs in the coming weeks now that Halloween ends is in theaters and streaming on Peacock.
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