A brand new international trailer for Halloween has arrived with buckets of new footage of Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to the iconic franchise.
On paper, the Halloween sequel sounds like it shouldn’t be a thing. Ignoring the fact that this franchise was played out long before Rob Zombie’s reimagining, the new true sequel to Halloween 2 is directed by Pineapple Express’ David Gordon Green and co-written by one of its stars Danny McBride. I’m a big big fan of Eastbound and Down, and Vice Principals, but McBride taking on a stone cold classic had me in doubt. While the first trailer (or indeed this one) didn’t blow me away, it’s a return to what made Halloween scary and looks better than the last few sequels.
The new film will ignore all the sequels aside from the first one, so the events of H20 featuring Laurie Strode’s triumphant return, or the dire Resurrection where she’s killed off in the first ten minutes of the movie. I guess being unkillable runs in the family. Speaking about the project earlier this year, McBride sounded deadly serious about restoring the horror to Halloween.
“At the end of the day you’re dealing with a masked man who kills people and it’s crazy to see all the different sequels and what people tried to do or what might have been lost from the original in the hopes of creating more story.
So we’re just trying to learn from that, and I feel what happened with Michael Myers, unfortunately, is in those later sequels he almost became a Frankenstein’s monster. He became this superhuman — nothing could really kill him. That doesn’t make him scary anymore. For us, we look at it, and it’s much scarier to just have that man who is hiding in the shadows as you’re taking the trash out to the backyard, as opposed to a guy who could be shot a bunch of times and still keeps coming back to life.”
He’s not wrong.
Jamie Lee Curtis isn’t the only cast member to be reprising their role for the new film. Nick Castle who portrayed Michael Myers in Carpenter’s original classic will be donning the mask one last time. Also starring Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, and Virginia Gardner, Halloween is due for release on October 19, just one week before the 40th anniversary of the first film. As the extra icing on the scary cake, John Carpenter is providing the score.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Master of horror John Carpenter executive produces and serves as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.