Through thick and thin, Michael Myers has remained one of the horror genre's most enduring icons for the better part of four decades. A mute psychopath with a penchant for white masks and babysitter murder, the guy set the standard for movie slashers that would be matched by fellow evildoers like Freddy, Jason and Chucky. Now, 40 years after his initial debut, it looks like he's gearing up for another battle with his estranged sister, Laurie Strode, in a brand-new Halloween film.

However, as excited as we are about the prospect of Michael facing off against an older, traumatized Laurie in one last battle, we have a hard time shaking the feeling that this premise feels incredibly similar to 1998's Halloween: H20. To be clear, H20 is not a bad movie; in fact, it has become one of the better-reviewed entries in the Halloween franchise. That said, this new entry still needs to set itself apart from what we have seen before, so let's dive in and talk out how to make that happen.

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Set The Story In Haddonfield

Unlike the Friday the 13th films (which take place at Camp Crystal Lake) or A Nightmare on Elm Street (which has the freedom to move around inside of a dream space), the Halloween films are heavily predicated on their uniquely suburban setting in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. The town has a deep connection to the evil acts committed by Michael Myers as a boy, and the quintessentially middle America setting has helped shape the tone of almost every Halloween film to date. By contrast, H20 moved the action to Northern California, and while it was a breath of fresh air at the time, the new Halloween cannot follow the same formula. After almost a full decade-long absence from the silver screen, the Halloween franchise needs to set its next (and possibly final) entry in its rightful home.

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