While the Halloween films, kicked off by director John Carpenter’s classic 1978 horror effort, has seen some thematic twists and turns – notably 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch – it always seems to turn the attention of Shatner-masked murderer Michael Myers back to original final girl (and the killer’s biological sister), Laurie Strode, as played by Jamie Lee Curtis (and Scout Taylor-Compton in Rob Zombie’s two reboot movies).
Following the two movies made by Rob Zombie, the latest chapter in the Michael Myers saga wil be directed by David Gordon Green. The legendary John Carpenter, who created the franchise, is executive producing the film with Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity), and will be the creative consultant and scoring the film. The screenplay will be written by Green, along with Danny McBride.
John Carpenter, the franchise’s original visionary, will return to score the Halloween 2018 sequel. Of course, besides writing and directing the original 1978 film, Carpenter also provided the music, most notably, those iconically creepy piano notes from the Halloween Theme.
Check out all the trailers released so far…
Well, kiddo, we never outgrow superstition. Andi Matichak, who was featured in Orange Is the New Black and Underground, and just completed the science fiction film Replicate, will play the young lead in the upcoming Halloween reboot.
Jamie Lee Curtis will return to her iconic role as Laurie Strode. We spoke to her in detail about what that means right here. Judy Greer is set to play her daughter, Karen Strode. Matichak will play the new character Allyson, the daughter of Greer’s character and the granddaughter of Curtis’ Laurie Strode.
The image showcases the franchise’s perennial final girl, Laurie Strode (Curtis) locked in arms alongside her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak). Not pictured here, but Will Patton is playing a cop.
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What’s immediately noticeable in this new poster is that the iconic killer countenance of Michael Myers’s now-40-year-worn albino William Shatner mask has prominent wear and tear. Of course, the “aging” that it displays is a metaphor for the long road on which the film property itself has traveled, manifesting with eight movies in the original 1978-launched Halloween film series (the third of which did not feature Myers), along with two films in the 2009-launched Rob Zombie-directed reboots.
Yet this poster for the Halloween 2018 sequel – standing as the eleventh film overall – seems to convey an “Old Man Logan” kind of vibe, almost akin to 2017’s Logan, teasing the end of the road for a beleaguered character… who is, of course, an unstoppable homicidal maniac.
And then there’s this one, drawn by comics great, Bill Sienkiewicz…
Halloween 2018 Story
In the new Halloween, which is a direct sequel to the original, and ignores all other sequels, retcons, and reboots, Laurie Strode “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,” according to the official synopsis. It also leads to a pretty phenomenal ending.
Halloween 2018 will be R-rated.
“There are essentially several complementary elements to Halloween (2018): the legacy of Michael Myers’ ghost on Laurie, and by extension her family, and then the more typical slasher movie exploits of granddaughter Allyson and her many teenage friends who wander about the picture like lambs to the slaughter. The former is obviously the stronger half, especially in how it ultimately buttresses the latter.”
Halloween Release Date
Halloween hits theaters on October 19, 2018. Sleep tight, kids.
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