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  • Sarah Mason, The HMC

Back to Haddonfield: Halloween 40 Years Later

The 7,000 person crowd in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2018 went completely nuts as Jamie Lee Curtis strutted on stage to discuss her return to her iconic role as Laurie Strode in HALLOWEEN. The new HALLOWEEN hits theaters on October 19, 2018, 40 years after the original 1978 John Carpenter classic was released.

Laurie Strode, now a mother and grandmother, 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.

Curtis is joined on screen by Judy Greer (ANT-MAN) as Karen, Laurie’s daughter who was taken away from her when Karen was a child, and who fluctuates between sympathy for her mother and frustration at the nonstop paranoia; newcomer Andi Matichak as Allyson, Karen’s teenager who is attempting to navigate the rift between her mom and grandmother; and veteran character actor Will Patton (TV’s Falling Skies, ARMAGEDDON) as Officer Hawkins, who was a young cop the night Michael Myers was taken into custody 40 years prior. Stunt-man/performer Jim Courtney (FAR AND AWAY), portrays Michael Myers/The Shape and Nick Castle, (1978’s HALLOWEEN) appears in a cameo as The Shape.

This new version of HALLOWEEN, from Director, David Gordon Green (STRONGER) and co-creators, Danny McBride (HBO’s Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals) and Jeff Fradley (HBO’s Vice Principals) carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film.

Horror films and televisions series are more popular then ever. All you have to do is look at the box office results for THE NUN, a spinoff in THE CONJURING movie universe, to confirm the audience desire for horror films. In it's first weekend the film had a $131m global debut earning $53m in North American, a record for THE CONJURING franchise. THE NUN even weathered the stigmatization of a Rotten Tomato, receiving 26% from critics and only 48% from audiences. People wanna see horror! What better timing to give audiences the ultimate revamp of arguably the best horror franchise ever.

HALLOWEEN premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this past weekend, and the first critical verdicts are far so good, It will be interesting to see if the film holds it's 93% Tomato rating, Fans are labeling this a direct follow up from the events that left Lori and Dr. Loomis alone in the house, uncertain of Myers whereabouts in the 1978 film. We can forget all that other crap in between right? If the extending standing ovation for Curtis and the filmmakers at Comic-Con and TIFF are any indication, this may be the next best film in the HALLOWEEN franchise. Here's hoping!

Here's some comfort diehard HALLOWEEN fans, 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, THE PURGE).

"A Look Inside" Featurette from Universal Pictures.

If you're aching for more John Carpenter, his 1980 film, THE FOG, is getting a 4K restoration and will be re-released in theaters Halloween week. Read more about it.

Universal Pictures distributes Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions and Miramax’s Halloween worldwide.

Stay tuned for The Harold & Maudecast review of HALLOWEEN and a look at the slate of upcoming horror films hitting theaters this Fall.