The Original Halloween directed by John Carpenter was a lot more than just a success, it’s part of South Pasadena history and legacy. After spawning numerous sequels, a remake and a sequel to the remake, The Shape is as iconic as it gets for Slashers, the mask becoming something of a standard in horror films. Now 40 years later, Michael is coming home. On October 19, 2018 we’ll see what becomes of Laurie Strode played by Jamie Lee Curtis. The Trailer for the new film was released today and we got to learn some new things about Laurie, see the iconic mask aged and a few other things. None of this should be spoiler territory, I’m just going to be talking about the Trailer.
The new movie wasn’t filmed in South Pasadena but, it still looks like Haddonfield to me. Michael Myers has been in a mental hospital since Dr. Loomis shot him those 40 years ago and a group of film makers come to study and write about him. Michael escapes and once again returns to finish what he started all those years ago. There’s been a lot of confusion over whether or not this is a remake or a sequel or exactly what is going on, to put it simply the initial sequels no longer exist. This is a direct sequel to the original Halloween, Michael is no longer a supernatural killing machine and Laurie is no longer his sister. The Ret-conning of all that has made some fans very angry and disappointed, while I’m not among them I am at the very least skeptical. While the movie itself looks great I do have a couple of issues with how many of the same things that happened in the first one are also in the preview, the bumping into the kid and the ghost costume to name a couple of them. I also disliked that they had to write in that Michael and Laurie aren’t related which just feels forced to me. I understand that they want to establish that fact but, to me it reeks of trying too hard. As for Michael Myers not being a supernatural beast anymore I have mixed feelings on, I always thought of him like an act of nature. Unstoppable, unpredictable, you just have to do your best and hope you survive all of which as a horror fan is really appealing to me. With that being said the franchise still jumped the shark and get’s stupid ridiculous by the time they shut it down. H2O was bland at best and Resurrection (with exception to the first five minutes) is complete and utter nonsense. It looks like we’re getting a more realistic telling. The movie looks beautiful and I’m excited that Carpenter is working on this one which I don’t think has happened since the original. I really like the prepared, tough and well-armed Laurie. It’s going to be fun watching her kick a little butt.
To me Halloween will always be South Pasadena’s, the time of year, the movie, our little town thrives in October and it’s one of the most beautiful times of the year to be living here. As for Halloween 2018, we’re going to have to wait and see. The new film out on October 18th stars Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle returning to play Michael Myers. Directed by David Gordon Green and written by John Carpenter(characters), Debra Hill (charcters) Jeff Fradley, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride