The director of Freaky Slams releases the day and month between Halloween ends – The Hollywood Reporter
Filmmaker Christopher Landon is expressing his disappointment that cinema windows will disappear for some films released in the context of Halloween is over’ The weekend opened softly at the box office.
Landon has arrived! Twitter on Saturday to lament the daily and monthly releases for movies like Universal Pictures’ latest hit. Halloween saga, opened widely in 3,901 theaters on Friday, the same day it also streamed on Peacock. Landon explains that this is still a sore topic for him, because of his comedy-horror Weird available on demand less than a month after its theatrical release on November 13, 2020.
“Don’t do this anymore,” Landon posted about the daily and monthly releases. “Please. It doesn’t work. Studio: stop gambling with filmmakers and their movies to try and support your fledgling streaming services. This happened to me on Weird and it destroyed us. We worked HARD to create a fun movie. Blood sweat and tears. Months away from our family. And for what? “
Landon says the film is being used as a Guinea pig for home viewing and he “begs” the studio to change it. Weird strategy. “Either loop around the wagons and secure it for theatrical screening or just go live,” continued Landon, who also directed. Happy Death Day. “Don’t split your hair. At least Halloween folks have done the whole thing. We have been digging. So yeah… bittersweet topic. PTSD. ”
He colorfully concluded, “Dear studios: stop trying to suck two donkeys at once. Let’s celebrate the sanctity of the theatrical experience. ”
Halloween is over is heading for a softer-than-expected opening weekend with $43.3 million after previously tracking at over $50 million. Its franchise predecessor, Halloween Killswas released daily last year and grossed $49.4 million.
By Universal Weird stars Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton in the story of a male serial killer who swaps bodies with a teenage girl. The film, which grossed $9 million at the domestic box office, was released as the industry was weighing options amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
The subject has become a hot topic for Hollywood, as Christopher Nolan is one of the filmmakers to criticize Warner Bros. surprise announcement in late 2020 that all releases for the following year will be available daily on HBO Max.
A Universal representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.