AMC Theatres asked anyone planning to see the new "Halloween" movie to leave Michael Myers masks behind. (Universal)
Heads up, scary movie fans: If you're planning to see the thrasher film “Halloween” at an AMC theater his weekend, don’t wear a Michael Myers mask.
AMC Theatres is warning against wearing the masks, as well as bringing any weapons — real or fake.
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Theaters clamped down on mask-wearing patrons after the 2012 shooting at an Aurora, Colorado theater during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, though the shooter wore a gas mask and gloves, and not a Batman mask, according to ABC News.
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“For this weekend’s opening of HALLOWEEN, AMC Theatres is expecting a great turnout of enthusiastic fans ready to be scared all over again by Michael Myers. In the spirit of ‘Halloween’ and costumes, we at AMC love it when our guests dress up for the occasion, but a reminder that weapons, real or fake, and masks are not permitted at AMC,” AMC Theatres told Fox News in a statement.
“So come to HALLOWEEN at AMC prepared for a scary great time, and leave the mask at home!” they added.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
The policy isn't unique to moviegoers hoping to see the sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic horror film.
“We will not allow any guests into our theatres in costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and we will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings," AMC Theatres said following the deadly 2012 shooting at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where shooter James Holmes — who wore a gas mask when he entered the auditorium —killed 12 people at the showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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What’s helping the movie are the terrific reviews, and it currently stands at an 83% “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, which is just about the same as the percent for last year’s IT, yet another highly-anticipated horror movie that opened big. On top of that, the movie’s major competition is repeated business of VENOM and A STAR IS BORN, with the only new releases being expanded theater counts for THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN and THE HATE U GIVE.
“We are taking necessary precautions to ensure our guests who wish to enjoy a movie this weekend can do so with as much peace of mind as possible in these circumstances,” the company added at the time.
You can catch the movie featuring actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who plays Laurie Strode, starting Oct. 19.
Whether its for “Star Wars” or “Lord of the Rings,” a true superfan would tell you wearing costumes to the movie theater adds another dimension to watching a brand new film.
However, some theaters are putting a limit on how outrageous those costumes can be as the premiere of “Halloween,” a 2018 remake of the 1978 slasher film, approaches.
AMC Theatres released a statement Tuesday asking fans not to bring masks — mimicking star villain Michael Myers or otherwise — or weapons of any kind to cinemas when the horror movie premieres Thursday night, Oct. 18.
“In the spirit of Halloween and costumes, we at AMC love it when our guests dress up for the occasion, but a reminder that weapons, real or fake, and masks are not permitted at AMC,” the theater chain said in a statement to CBS News. “So come to Halloween at AMC prepared for a scary great time, and leave the mask at home!”
In 2012, AMC and Regal Cinemas both instituted a ban on any costumes that could make customers uncomfortable and prohibited fake weapons and masks, following the July 2012 shooting at a Colorado theater that killed 70 moviegoers and injured 12 during a midnight screening of “The Dark Night Rises.”
Similar bans were placed by theaters in 2015 when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered. Cinemark banned masks, face paint and simulated weapons — and yes, that included light sabers.
The new “Halloween” premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday, where Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked serial killer whose spree she narrowly escaped 40 years ago.
But if youre going to see the slasher film in theaters, youd best leave your kitchen knives where they belong: in the kitchen.
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