John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Returns to Theaters October 2023 with ‘H4’ and ‘H5’

Following the huge success of this past weekend’s historic 45 Years of Terror franchise convention celebration, John Carpenter’s 1978 immortal classic Halloween is returning to select theaters once again this month, as has become an annual tradition over the past decade, playing on the big screen through October, along with the sequels Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.

From the official press release, CineLife Entertainment, a division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, announced on Tuesday that it will re-release John Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece, Halloween and its sequels, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989). The legendary series, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, is back in theaters beginning September 2023.

John Carpenter’s iconic Halloween came to cinemas and on drive-in screens nationwide on October 25, 1978. The renowned film, which has maintained an unprecedented and growing following for 45 years, is often considered a catalyst for today’s horror films as it showcased a frightening story that Hollywood had never seen before. The original film follows Michael Myers, the infamous villain who turns a night of Halloween tricks and treats into something much more sinister for three young women, including Laurie StrodeJamie Lee Curtis’ breakthrough role.

In 1988, Producer Moustapha Akkad reinvigorated the franchise with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, which is held by many fans as one of the most popular films in the series, followed shortly thereafter by Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, premiered in 1989 to continue the legacy of the infamous character.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Halloween through this continued partnership with Trancas International Films and Compass International Pictures,” says Bernadette McCabe, CineLife Entertainment’s Executive Vice President. “For almost a decade, we have delighted Halloween fans by bringing this series back to theaters. After the positive impact it’s had, it only felt right to bring back this tradition for another year. We are grateful for this collaboration and are excited to see this year’s response.”

CineLife Entertainment, Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films have partnered to bring these showings to viewers worldwide.

“The iconic Halloween series combines one of the most thrilling and chilling characters in the history of cinema with the Halloween holiday, making a trip to the theaters for these films during this time of year an incredibly awesome experience,” says Ryan Freimann, SVP of Trancas and Compass. “Making the re-release of these films a tradition for new fans of the franchise and those who have been with us since the beginning is an honor.”

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Various screenings are scheduled to run through Halloween Night, October 31.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.