Trick or Treat?
Can David Gordon Green outdo Zombie and Carpenter's horror classic, remake and sequel flicks?
The second trailer for the Halloween sequel (a film that decides to actively ignore Zombie’s predecessor remake and sequel), opens with infamous over-the-shoulder shots that remind us of what made the original John Carpenter flick so memorable!
Original scream-queen Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, joined by: Judy Greer as Karen Strode, Andi Matichak as Allyson Strode, Will Patton as Hawkins, Virginia Gardner as Vicky and Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney as Michael Myers / The Shape.
The second trailer appears to deviate more into classic John Carpenter fare, as oppose to the first trailer that was released around two months ago.
The film itself is a sequel to the 1978 original, and so is in-keeping with the same continuity. But the filmmakers here have decided to make a film that actively ignores all of the franchises sequel’s to the original and (seeing as this is a sequel to the original) Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake and sequel. Quite a ballsy move. So what are some of the reasons the trailer gives us to get excited for the upcoming feature?
"Forty years ago, on Halloween night, three people were murdered...
As if long-time fans of the franchise needed to be reminded, a voice over given by Laurie Strode followed by Will Patton’s Hawkins gives us exposition as to what Michael Myers has been up to for forty years but also reminds us of the horrible atrocities that happened in the first slasher flick. It also reminds us why Michael Myers has remained one of horror cinema’s most iconic big bads to date. Pragmatically, screenwriters Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green have decided to set the movie forty years into the future, where Myers has been “sent back to the institution in captivity”, completely abandoning the slightly more supernatural continuity of the sequel and further films, which sees Myers get up from having fallen off a balcony after being shot, and continue on a run of murdering sprees indefinitely. No the screenwriters are taking it in a different direction, which might be foil to help add some spice or mix up the formula for the franchise, however familiar archetypal beats are omnipresent which is a worry. Can Halloween bring anything new to the franchise and genre under the thumb of Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions? Can Blum inject a small amount of ingenious ‘Get Out’ social satire to the age-old Halloween formula? Or turn the genre on its head, like he did with ‘Whiplash’?
A Familiar Face
Jamie Lee Curtis returning in the role of Laurie Strode is a welcome addition, however, and is an instantly likeable presence onscreen. She returns to the franchise which ignores her character development in Halloween 2, instead seeing the character wait forty years so she can exact revenge against Michael Myers.