It's a good time to be a horror fan. Rather than stale franchises or the torture porn fad, the horror genre is in the midst of a renaissance. New and creative properties are being explored, leading to some major blockbuster hits like IT and Get Out. Many of the genre's strongest installments from the past few years come to us from Blumhouse Productions, and now the studio has set its eyes on a classic property: Halloween. The new Halloween sequel will bring back OG contributors like Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter, with the movie currently in the midst of production. Actress Andi Matichak is starring as Laurie Strode's daughter Allison, and recently shared an image of the teenage character outside of Haddonfield High School. Check it out!
I don't know about you guys, but something tells me not all of those kids are going to make it out of Halloween alive. Haddonfield students haven't had such an easy time in the past, and the 40 years anniversary will no doubt bring bloodshed to a variety of innocents. It's just what Michael Myers does.
This new image, which comes to us from Andi Matichak's personal Instagram page, is sure to excite the hardcore Halloween fans out there. While the franchise had changed quite a bit throughout its myriad sequels, John Carpenter's original movie was a capsulated story about a group of babysitters and best friends. As Laurie, Lynda, and Annie prepare for their night in, we see as Michael Myers slowly stalks them until the girls are at their most exposed. It's only then when he eventually strikes, putting most of his attention on Jamie Lee Curtis' signature character.
Overall, the new Halloween movie seems to be taking a ton of influence from the original 1978 movie. In addition to ignoring all of the film's sequels, writer Danny McBride has cited Halloween as his favorite horror movie of all time. This enthusiasm and intention to honor the original is no doubt part of the reason why talent Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle agreed to return. Narratively, it also makes sense for a cast of teenagers to be introduced, and then promptly killed off. This will presumably allow Laurie Strode, her daughter Karen, and Andi Matichak's Allison the chance to hopefully unite against the threat of Michael Myers.
It should be interesting to see how the new Halloween movie balances the three generations of Strodes. While the story will no doubt be very focused on Laurie Strode's journey and trauma in the wake of her attack 40 years prior, there are also two other women to follow throughout the course of the film. It'll be great to see their three perspectives on both the Holiday and Haddonfield High School itself. Let's just hope that at least one of Allison's friends makes it out alive.
Halloween is filming now, and will arrive in theaters on October 19, 2018, just in time for the titular holiday. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next binge watch.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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