A new international trailer for Halloween teases an epic final battle between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. The original Halloween began life as The Babysitter Murders, with the movie’s producer feeling young audiences could easily relate to a scary movie based around babysitting. He hired John Carpenter to write and direct it, and during development, the idea came to set the story on Halloween night and rename the movie accordingly.
While Halloween wasn’t an instant success and even received some bad early reviews, word of mouth soon saw it become one of the highest grossing independent movies of all time. Soon a wave of low budget slasher movies followed, including Friday The 13th. Naturally, the producers wanted to get in on this action, leading to 1981’s Halloween II. That entry was intended to kill Michael for good, but after the character was absent from Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, he was resurrected for Halloween IV: The Return Of Michael Myers, and has returned for various sequels/remakes ever since.
After nearly a decade away from the big screen, Michael is finally returning for Blumhouse’s Halloween. This new entry will ignore the other sequels entirely, and will only follow the events of the 1978 original. Jamie Lee Curtis also returns as Laurie Strode, who in the new movie has been waiting 40 years for Michael to escape so she can finally kill him. The trailer suggests Michael created his own monster in the revenge-seeking Laurie, who is determined to stop him at any cost.
Halloween will be out in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the trend-setting original, and in addition to Curtis, original Michael Myers performer Nick Castle has returned to play the character for a couple of scenes, and series creator John Carpenter will compose the score. While the movie will follow an alternate timeline, it will still pay homage to the other sequels via some Easter eggs, including the masks featured in Halloween III.
The last few years have seen a major resurgence in the popularity of the horror genre, including critical and commercial hits like IT, Hereditary and Get Out. All signs point to the new Halloween continuing that success, and it’s one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Jason Blum has also stated he’s interested in bringing back other horror franchises too and has a particular interest in reviving Friday The 13th.
Source: Universal Pictures Brazil
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018