July 27, 2021
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Lionsgate Now Distributing Halloween II?

In a weird twist, the free Tubi streaming app is now streaming the theatrical cut of Rob Zombie’s Halloween II from 2009. However, what’s worth noting is that the opening logos of the film are now replaced with Lionsgate’s logo, which would imply the studio – that currently owns the distribution rights to the original Halloween, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers – now has Zombie’s sequel as well.

This also raises the question… do they have Rob Zombie’s first Halloween as well? If so, that would bring the eleven Halloween films to just a mere three distributors in the United States – Lionsgate would have five, Universal would have three (Halloween II, Season of the Witch, 2018’s Halloween as well as the two upcoming sequels), and Paramount would have three (the ‘Dimension’ trilogy of The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20 and Halloween Resurrection). That would be a first for the series, which has typically had one of the most complicated licensing agreements of any film franchise.

Furthermore, if that is the case… could another box set be on the horizon soon? Probably not given Lionsgate’s lack of licensing out their titles in the past, and Universal now considering Halloween an active property for them, but it is worth thinking about…

…And campaigning for, if need be.

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