For a hackneyed horror franchise, Halloween has proven fairly controversial. Not so much for its scare tactics – which have occasionally crossed over to shockingly horrific – but more for the fact that its nine sequels (count ’em) were just so, so bad. Paltry, really, compared to the original.
But the upcoming new Halloween promises to make up for all that, operating as a ‘straight sequel’ according to its producers, and ignoring the convoluted storylines of the abhorrent installments before it.
“We shed all of that other stuff and just went back to what made the original so great,” actress Jamie Lee Curtis told Variety.
“[Director] John [Carpenter] didn’t write most of those films; it was just all these new people making up stories. But with this one, we literally cut the line. Whether or not people loved or hated those stories has no relevance to this movie.”
Curtis goes on to describe the new film as “powerful, old-school, and terrifying”.
This Halloween is set 40 years on from the original.
Laurie Strode (played by Curtis as in the original) is now a grandmother living on a fortress-like property. When Michael Myers escapes from prison and embarks on another killing spree, Laurie gets into protection mode once more to try and save her family.
And of course, the film has a release date that coincides nicely with everybody’s favourite freak time of the year. Antonino Tati
‘Halloween’ will be in cinemas October 19, 2018.