Halloween Kills marks new high in ‘horror renaissance’

Predicted to be one of the franchise’s biggest earners, the film is the latest in a genre that has boomed during the pandemic

More than four decades after John Carpenter made his defining slasher movie, the Halloween franchise returns to theatres this weekend for what is predicted to be one of its highest-grossing instalments.

The excitement for Halloween Kills reflects a growth of interest in horror movies during the pandemic, with industry experts declaring that the genre helped keep Hollywood afloat when box offices reopened in the spring.

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