Blumhouse has made a big deal about the fact that this year’s Halloween is a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 original, but is this true, or only kind of true? Apparently, according to the folks at Cinema Blend, there is indeed a moment or two of retroactive continuity. While it’s nothing major, it has to do with what is arguably the most chilling moment of the first Halloween—it’s shocking conclusion.
Remember how, at the climax of the original, Michael Myers was shot by Dr. Loomis and presumed dead—until a final shot reveals he’s no longer lying motionless on the ground—he’s gone!
Here’s how the new Halloween smudges over that beautiful moment:
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Per Cinema Blend:
[For the final shot], the camera rests on the Myers house, and the screen cuts to black as the movie ends with no indication of where Michael has gone. Utterly creepy, and instantly iconic.
The issue with this ending is that the new Halloween, based off of the information that we learned about it at CinemaCon, is going to slightly alter that finale by revealing that Michael was actually taken into custody shortly after Loomis shot him. From there, the reboot will see him escape on the 40th anniversary of his initial rampage to see him venture back to Haddonfield for a showdown with Laurie.
Setting this film up in such a way undoubtedly makes exposition and table setting easier for the folks at Blumhouse, but it also arguably cheapens one of the best moments from the original movie. If we’re to accept the new film’s take on the story as canon, then that creepy breathing led directly to Sheriff Brackett and his deputies actually finding the masked killer. There will be no more mystery over where he went or how safe Laurie and Loomis are, and (because the reboot is ignoring the sequels) we know that he won’t slaughter several more people at a nearby hospital. He just went back to Smith’s Grove.
Official Synopsis: Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers (Nick Castle), the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green who co-wrote the script with his frequent collaborator Danny McBride. Besides Curtis and Castle, other cast members include James Jude Courtney, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak.
Look for Halloween to hit US Theaters on October 19th.
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