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The horror genre is in the midst of a renaissance at the moment. With the torture porn genre mostly behind us, the horror genre is filled with exciting properties to thrill and chill moviegoers. Many of the new classics of horror have been produced over at Blumhouse, making the studio the go to place for the best horror movies. After bringing us hits like Insidious and Get Out, Blumhouse is now pivoting its focus to bring back one of the most classic horror movies of all time: Halloween. Next year's sequel will bring the classic actors and creator of the original movie, and now it looks like an iconic location may be turning up as well.
The new Halloween sequel is currently casting background actors, and the listing leads one to believe that Smith Grove Sanitarium may be coming back into play. Smith Grove is where Michael Meyers was sent after killing his sister, and where Dr. Loomis treated the psychopath to try and find some humanity in him. And its inclusion could mean a few things for the new film.
Project Casting currently lists the call for Halloween extras, specifically looking for background actors to play "criminally insane patients". For even the most casual Halloween fan, this definitely points to Smith Grove returning to the franchise. Now the question is, why? Perhaps Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode will seek out the asylum in the wake of Michael Meyers' return. She may try to piece together more information about the mysterious villain, and find out about his time in the captivity.
Another possibility is that the new Halloween movie will feature some flashbacks about Michael Meyers in Smith Grove. If exposition needs to be given about Michael's murderous roots, perhaps audiences will get a glimpse into the world of the asylum. While the first Halloween opens with little Michael going stab happy on his sister, audiences haven't really been privy to his development into the mute and seemingly immortal killer.
This is just the latest news to come form the new Halloween movie, and overall the film really seems like its coming together. Writer Danny McBride is taking most of his inspiration from the original Halloween, which is his favorite horror movie of all time. Rather than focus on blood and gore, the new film will use suspense to slowly build tension.
Halloween will also feature the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, who last played the role back in 2002. Ignoring all of the sequels, the new film will pick up 40 years after Laurie was attacked in Haddonfield. Accompanied by both her daughter and granddaughter, Laurie will no doubt come face to face with Michael after all these years.
Halloween will arrive in theaters on October 19, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies this year.