Is Halloween Kills going to stream on HBO Max?

Halloween Kills from Universal Pictures, courtesy Universal Pictures
Halloween Kills from Universal Pictures, courtesy Universal Pictures /
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Halloween Kills was released on October 15, 2021. Producer Jason Blum opted for a dual release strategy, debuting the movie in theaters and on Peacock, so that the movie had the biggest chance of success. Given that it’s streaming on Peacock, will Halloween Kills end up on HBO Max?

As a Universal Pictures movie, it’s entirely possible that Halloween Kills could end up on HBO Max after its streaming run on Peacock ends and the theatrical window has closed.

Jason Blum decided to run Halloween Kills on Peacock

The decision to stream Halloween Kills on Peacock came after Blum saw how 2020’s Freaky underperformed at the box office. It made under $17 million globally during its November 2020 launch, and Blum was understandably concerned that Halloween Kills could have a similar fate.

“It was my idea to do it,” he told Collider of the decision to release the movie on streaming and in theaters. “[Peacock] didn’t approach me. I approached them. I, like everyone else, am a big believer in the theatrical experience. I think eventually there should be windows. I think Universal’s strategy of the three-week window is a great strategy, but I had a bad distribution experience with Freaky. That movie is a great movie, and it didn’t get seen because the distribution of it got all twisted up. My fault.”

There’s no mention of the plan for the movie beyond its initial run on Peacock and its theatrical release, but HBO Max could be its ultimate destination. Many Blumhouse Productions end up on HBO max so it would make sense.

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The key with the Peacock deal is that Blum had the support from the Halloween Kills team to release the movie in theaters and on Peacock after the movie had already been delayed for a year due to the pandemic. The strategy paid off because the movie is performing very well at the box office despite being available to Peacock subscribers.