While Halloween 2018 will ignore all of the previous sequels, Danny McBride claims the new movie will still pay homage to them. The original Halloween was a groundbreaking horror film back when it was released in 1978, and led to the birth of the slasher genre that later spawned movies like Friday The 13th and Scream. The movie also spawned seven sequels and a remake, but the timeline and continuity became increasingly knotted with each entry.
Following Michael Myer's fiery demise in Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch was an attempt to turn the series into an anthology that used the season as the uniting theme. Audiences rejected the movie since Myers wasn't involved, so he was resurrected for part four. Halloween IV-VI found Michael stalking his poor niece, only for all three films to be wiped out of continuity with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis for Halloween: H20. Rob Zombie also remade Halloween in 2007 and made a sequel to it in 2009.
Actor Danny McBride is a huge fan of the series and has co-written the script for Halloween 2018 alongside director David Gordon Green. It's long been known the movie would disregard the events of the other sequels, and only acknowledge the original. While that's still the case, McBride admitted in a new interview with Flickering Myth the film will still reference the various sequels:
This picks up after the first one. The Halloween franchise has kind of become a little bit of like choose your own adventure, you know like there’s some many different versions, and the timeline is so mixed up, we just thought it would be easier to go back to the source and continue from there. It was nicer than knowing you’re working on Halloween 11, it just seemed cooler, ‘we’re making Halloween 2‘. We do [reference the other movies]. For fans, we pay homage and respect to every Halloween that has been out there.
McBride makes a good point about the "choose your own adventure" timeline of the series, which already has about 3 or 4 separate continuities. For instance, Jamie Lee Curtis is returning as the iconic Laurie Strode for the new movie - which is impressive considering the character has already died twice in previous movies. While ignoring the other films may upset some of the fanbase, for the sake of clearing the slate and starting fresh, it was arguably the only way to go.
It should also be reassuring to hear Halloween 2018 will still pay homage to the other movies. The concept of Laurie still being haunted by her encounter with Michael was previously explored in H20, and apparently Haddonfield Memorial Hospital - the main setting of 1981's Halloween II - will make a return appearance. It should be fun for fans to spot the numerous easter eggs alluding to the sequels, and it's nice to hear the film will even pay respect to some of the weaker entries. Maybe even the much-maligned Cult of Thorn from Halloween 6 will get a shout out?
Source: Flickering Myth
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018