Michael Myers, the star/monster of the Halloween films, has had a wild, wild history.
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The new Halloween was a big success this weekend, grossing an estimated $US77.5 ($109) million over its first weekend. It’s the 11th film in the Halloween franchise, but only the second in the story it’s telling, and that story has an explosive ending that we’re excited to dissect now that the film is out.
Halloween is a time to be scared—specifically, by scary movies. But what if you’re someone who’s especially jumpy? For the latest episode of io9's series, UnScene, Gizmodo Editor in Chief Kelly Bourdet faced her personal fears by watching Halloween for the first time, alongside a Deadspin staffer (and Michael Myers fan) who doesn’t startle as easily.
Michael Myers is an intimidating guy. That big, hulking visage. The creepy mask. For fans of the horror franchise, and even people who just see that look, he's the stuff nightmares are made of.
The latest entry in the Halloween franchise is both a dazzling tribute to the original film as well as a unique, standalone story. It's filled with deviations from the familiar slasher formula, but it also carefully incorporates an adoration of its predecessor that feels respectful but not overpowering. By balancing these two seemingly divergent concepts, director David Gordon Green has made a truly special horror sequel.
So, instead of getting bogged down with surprise siblings, immortality, and all the other crazy reveals from the Halloween series, Curtis is focusing on Laurie Strode’s trauma and healing process. And the cast and crew were right alongside her.
Most people would agree that John Carpenter's Halloween is a legitimate masterpiece. Long before anyone was scared of Elm Street or Crystal Lake, the film basically invented the slasher genre. And while it's easy to say how great it is, it's harder to watch the film and point out exactly why that is.
If there's one complaint about the later Halloween movies (though, realistically, there are several), it's how damn indestructible Michael Myers became. The masked killer escaped death so many times, he basically turned into a god. Well, writer Danny McBride has promised this won't be the case in his planned Halloween reboot.
Turns out the new Halloween film won't be a straight-up remake after all. It's going to take place after the first two, keeping the story of the original "Night He Came Home" intact.