With the trend of nostalgia proving endlessly successful, it seems like just about any film property could rise from the dead. This includes the horror genre, as Blumhouse Productions will bring moviegoers back to Haddonfield for the upcoming Halloween movie. Jamie Lee Curtis is once again back to play OG scream queen Laurie Strode, with a brand new story that ignores all of the previous Halloween sequels. Fans have been eager to see the first glimpse at the upcoming slasher, and now the first trailer has finally arrived. Spoiler alert: it didn't disappoint. Check it out-- everyone is entitled to one good scare.
Does anyone else have chills? Michael Myers has returned to Haddonfield, but this time Laurie Strode isn't going to be a helpless teenagers. She's been anticipating their final showdown, and has prepared her home like some sort of safe house. But as Halloween fans know, that doesn't usually keep Michael out.
The Halloween trailer opens with some new characters: a documentary crew who is doing research about Michael Myers and the grisly murders he committed 40 years ago. Michael has been kept in Smith's Grove Penitentiary for the decades following his attack on Laurie's life, but Jamie Lee Curtis' character seems to understand that it's only a matter of time before they face off one last time.
Blumhouse's Halloween is already setting itself apart narratively than any of the previous sequels. This latest version of Laurie Strode is far more hardened than anything we've seen before, despite having raised a family. Her terrifying experience with Michael Myers (who is NOT her brother) is basically an urban legend around Haddonfield, and Laurie's house looks like a bit of a shambled mess. It seems like everyone has moved on from that night except for her.
Overall, it also seems like the new Halloween movie is going for more realness than any sequel since Halloween II. Michael Myers won't be magically escaping Smith's Grove, but able to escape through a bus crash. He doesn't seem to be an immortal monster, but a terrifying psycho who is hellbent on revenge. Despite both he and his mask aging, it's clear that he's spent his time in captivity thinking about murdering his sole survivor.
But Laurie is clearly not the only person in danger. Michael's escape also puts her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) at risk as well. Halloween will no doubt be able to follow all three Strode women as they attempt to survive the night. Smart money says that the family will also work out their issues in the process, as Laurie's decades of paranoia have probably put a strain on their relationship.
Halloween will arrive in theaters on October 19th, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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 CinemaBlend. 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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