If Pennywise owned Halloween 2017, then this year’s spooky festivities really belong to Michael Myers.
The masked serial killer is poised for a big return thanks to Blumhouse and David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel, and with San Diego Comic-Con almost upon us, a new and suitably creepy poster has emerged online.
This particularly unsettling design will be exclusive to SDCC, and those hoping to snag their own copy should turn on Twitter notifications for the official Halloween account – not before giving it a follow, of course. Drawn up by artist Bill Sienkiewicz, it’s a truly special showcase of Haddonfield’s infamous serial killer, who is clearly ready for another night of terror after being apprehended 40 years ago.
His escape is enough to place Laurie Strode on red alert. Although, to her credit, Jamie Lee Curtis’ seasoned protagonist has been waiting for this moment her entire adult life. She’s nowhere to be seen on Halloween‘s official SDCC poster, but it does star Michael Myers, brandishing a blood-stained knife in some dimly-lit forest – what more do you want?
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Series veteran Nick Castle will return to the role of Michael – albeit with some help from stunt performer and actor James Jude Courtney, who’s also listed as Myers on the film’s IMDb page. Chances are the Powers That Be have taken a leaf out of Lucasfilm’s book, after the Star Wars giant quietly ushered Joonas Suotamo into the giant, fluffy shoes of Chewbacca.
Meanwhile, here’s what to expect from Michael’s second coming:
A British documentary crew comes to the States to visit Michael in prison for a retrospective of the maniac’s night of terror — but their project becomes way more interesting when Myers escapes custody, retrieves his signature mask and seeks revenge on Laurie, with others naturally being part of his impressive career body count along the way.
In the decades following the fateful Halloween night that forever altered the former babysitter’s life, Laurie has armed and prepped herself for Michael’s inevitable return — to the detriment of her family, including daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson.
Halloween creeps into theaters worldwide on October 19th, and only then will we know if David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s decision to render all previous sequels non-canon was the right move.