Horror fans, heads up! The American slasher cult favorite Halloween is coming back to theaters this 2018. David Gordon Green, known for his comedy movies such as Pineapple Express (2008) and The Sitter (2011), is the co-writer and director of this movie. Producers include Malek Akkad, Jason Blum, and Bill Block. Green’s co-writers include Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, 40 years after the first movie. Other cast members include Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney.
The first Halloween movie was released in 1978 with the esteemed master of horror John Carpenter as its director. It tells the story of serial killer Michael Myers who torments the fictional town of Haddonfield in Illinois every Halloween. His killing spree starts in 1963 when he murders his own sister Judith by stabbing her to death with a kitchen knife. Michael is sent and detained in Warren County’s Smith’s Grove Sanitarium. In 1978, 15 years after his capture, Michael Myers (played by Nick Castle and Tony Moran) escapes the sanitarium and this is where the nightmare and horror of his killing sprees targeting the people of Haddonfield on Halloween begin. 17 year-old Laurie Strode (played by then newcomer Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends have become Michael Myers’ target.
This year’s Halloween is a continuation of the storyline of the first Halloween set 40 years ago. Michael Myers is back with a vengeance, and this time, the grown Laurie Strode isn’t going to hold back. Michael and Laurie come face to face again on Halloween night.
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Let’s take a look back at the Halloween franchise through the years:
Halloween 2 (1981)
A direct sequel to the first Halloween movie, it is directed by Rock Rosenthal and produced by former former director John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Laurie Strode is taken to the hospital where Michael Myers continues to stalk and torment her. A major plot twist is also revealed being Laurie and Michael are actually brother and sister.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
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None of the elements from the first two films were followed and a completely new story is introduced to its audience. Halloween III veered away from the established slasher genre. This science fiction horror follows the story of Dr. Dan Challis (played by Tom Atkins) who tries to search for answers regarding his patient’s mysterious murder. Tommy Lee Wallace directs the movie and John Carpenter and Debra Hill return as the movie’s producers
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Directed by Dwight H. Little, Halloween 4 focuses on the return of Michael Myers who wakes up from a coma 10 years after the events of Halloween II and he learns that Laurie has died from a car accident. Upon learning that Laurie has left a daughter named Jamie, she then becomes the next target of Michael Myers.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Set after one year after the events in Halloween 4, Jamie has become mute caused by psychological trauma. Michael Myers once again returns to torment and haunt his own niece.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
It follows the story of a family who is living in Michael Myer’s childhood home. Myers stalks Kara Strode (played by Marianne Hagan) on Halloween. The curse of Michael is revealed to be related to the Curse of Thorn which is the source of Myer’s immortality.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
A direct sequel to Halloween and Halloween II, Halloween H20 completely ignores the events that took place in the fourth to sixth movies. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode. Set 20 years after, Laurie Strode faked her own death so she could hide from Michael. Now living as Keri Tate, she is the headmistress of a private boarding school where her own son, John, attends. However, Laurie still can’t completely forget about the events that have taken place before, even more so as she comes face to face with Michael again.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Laurie Strode accidentally kills a paramedic whom she thought was Michael, and is sent to Grace Andersen Sanitarium. While inside the facility, Laurie acts and pretends to be heavily medicated which makes the nurses believed that, when in fact she is preparing for her next face to face with Michael. Without a doubt, Michael does return and seeks Laurie. After a chase towards the hospital rooftop, Michael kills Laurie and believes that his mission is finally complete. Meanwhile, a group of teenagers won the chance to appear on Dangertainment, an online internet reality show wherein they have the chance to stay in Michael Myer’s childhood home. Things take an unexpected turn when they become hunted by Michael himself.
Directed by Rob Zombie, the 2007 Halloween is a remake of the original Halloween movie. Rob Zombie wanted to dive deeper into the psyche of Myer’s character and paint a clearer picture as to why he kills. This 2007 remake is said to be the highest grossing Halloween movie earning more than a whopping $80 billion.
Halloween II (2009)
Directed by Rob Zombie, Halloween II is a sequel of the previous movie. A big change to the story is how they portray Laurie and Michael as two siblings who share similar psychological problems. Similar to what Zombie has done in Halloween (2007), we see a glimpse into the psyche of Laurie and Michael.
The Halloween franchise had different directors involved throughout the years. With David Gordon Green’s version, will it do any justice to the cult favorite slasher film? Halloween returns to theaters this October 19, 2018.