Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie may have previous experience dealing with The Shape, but for the extended Strode family, Halloween will signal Karen and Allyson’s first encounter with Michael Myers, the stalker of Haddonfield and destroyer of dreams.
Slated for a release in October – fitting, really, given it’ll also mark the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter’s original classic – this soft reboot/sequel is coming by way of David Gordon Green, who’s brought the gang back together for a trip down memory line.
That means Nick Castle is back in the shoes of Myers – albeit briefly, given he’ll leverage the character’s screen time with James Jude Courtney – and Laurie Strode is gearing up for her “final confrontation” with the masked serial killer. Or so says the official Halloween synopsis, which reads as so:
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who 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.
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Story-wise, we know David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride plan to ignore all other sequels in the Halloween canon and focus solely on John Carpenter’s horror classic, which is perhaps the closest thing to a blank slate we could have hoped for.
“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” said McBride. “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”
Halloween creeps out of the shadows and into theaters on October 19th, and it seems we’ll still have to wait another few weeks until that first-look teaser. Although based on the reactions coming out of CinemaCon, it’ll be worth the wait…and then some.