Since the hair-raising first trailer for the new Halloween dropped, many fans of the franchise have been itching for the impending release of the new revival this coming October. The next face-off between Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) and the unhinged Michael Myers is sure to be an exciting one. The horror flick promises to pay homage to John Carpenter's original by relying heavily on the events of the 1978 classic and on a breadth of distinct references to close out the series. With the release of the footage, at least one fan was eager to put their own spin on the upcoming movie. One fan cut clips from the trailer into an 80s NBC commercial advertising Halloween's "first time on TV." Take a look.
The new cut uses teasers from the 2018 film to replace a commercial that aired in 1981 to advertise Halloween's first television broadcast ahead of the release of Halloween II in theaters. The edit is tinted in the hues of an old forgotten discolored television set with a background narrator who sounds straight out of the Twilight Zone opening. It's interesting to compare it to the original commercial. When looked at together, it's clear that the filmmakers have used the classic flick to influence the particular shots and scene choices for the new film, such as a jump scare with the opening of a closet, Michael Myers' casual walk through a neighborhood on Halloween night and frightening views of a close threat from the perspective of inside a car. For fans of the first-ever Halloween, especially if you remember the 80s commercials for its television broadcast, this take on the new footage brings additional excitement for how much care the film is putting into the revival so that it complements its roots.
The horror genre has come far since the release of the first Halloween and how much it influenced all films of its genre. When John Carpenter's frightening film hit theaters, audiences were strangers to dynamic teenage characters, iconic villains, and shots from the killer's perspective. Halloween has always been on the cutting-edge of horror, so it wouldn't hurt if the new entry serves as a bit of an impression of its precursor.
It has been 40 years since Halloween first frightened moviegoers, so it's unsurprising that some nostalgic feelings toward it might be kicking in. While seeing the original "scream queen" Jamie Lee Curtis back in action should be worth the price of admission alone, we can't wait to see how director David Gordon Green plays tribute the the genre standard along with bringing in never before seen slasher terror. You can catch the upcoming 2018 Halloween in theaters on October 19.