John Carpenter's original 1978 Halloween was a seminal horror film. It kickstarted the wave of 1980s slasher films like Nightmare on Elm Street and laid out an entire rubric of rules for the genre, which movies like Scream would later lampoon. Unfortunately, Carpenter's movie also inspired an endless string of sequels, each more brain-bleedingly dumb than the last, like the mess that is Halloween: Resurrection or Rob Zombie's remake.
Now, Blumhouse is bringing us a whole new Halloween sequel—a direct sequel to Carpenter's original that completely ignores the franchise's convoluted timeline and is, confusingly, also called Halloween. The movie picks up 40 years after the end of the 1978 Halloween, when Dr. Loomis stood in some bushes waiting for Myers, and then unloaded six shots into him, still somehow managing to let the guy escape. Since then, Myers has wound up in a high-security asylum, though apparently security is not all that high because, you guessed it, he manages to escape again and heads out to hunt down Jamie Lee Curtis, who is back and reprising her role as Laurie Strode. This time, though, Laurie is ready for him.
"Do you know that I pray every night that he would escape," the now gray-haired Laurie asks a cop in the trailer.
"What the hell'd you do that for?" he responds.
"So I can kill him."
Apparently, Laurie has gone full Sarah Connor this time around and is ready to wreak some serious havoc on the guy who hunted and killed all her friends as a teen—a guy who definitely isn't her evil younger brother, since the trailer dismisses that awful bit of retconning from Halloween II with a very well-placed wink to the audience. Between the meta-comments dismissing the shitty sequels to Laurie's newfound badassery to the absolute terror of Myers casually dropping some bloody teeth on a bathroom floor, it seems like this new movie is gearing up to be the best Halloween film since the one that didn't even include Michael Myers.
Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride, and Jeff Fradley. Along with Curtis, it also brings back the original Myers, Nick Castle, to play The Shape once again. The movie is set to hit theaters on October 19.
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