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The latest trailer for the 2018 version of Halloween has finally arrived, and it can’t help but get us even more excited for the horror sequel.

Based on this trailer, the new Halloween will be a lot more like the original than the two reboots we received about ten years ago. Anyone who liked the first Halloween will truly be in for a treat.

After Dimension Films failed to produce another Halloween movie, following the poor reception of their two reboots, the studio lost the rights to the Halloween franchise.

The current horror movie powerhouse Blumhouse Productions picked up the rights to Halloween with the intent of getting it right. The original man of the franchise, John Carpenter, has been very involved with the development of this movie after being thoroughly disappointed with the two movies put out by Dimension Films.

Official movie poster

Additionally, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green helped develop the movie, with the story of the sequel being their original concept. That’s right, all those sequels never happened this film is taking place 40 years after Michael stalked Laurie & her friends through the suburbs of Haddonfield.

Rather than being another reboot, or following the continuity of any of the other reboots or sequels, the 2018 Halloween will be a direct sequel to the original Halloween from 1978.

As the trailer shows, this sequel will feature the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, in addition to Nick Castle, who played the original Michael Myers back in 1978, though he is only featured in one scene, he does provide all of Michael’s heavy breathing through the entire movie.

Laurie be packing some heat, yo

Halloween will be a direct sequel to the original, completely disregarding all of the sequels that are technically considered “canon.” – including the reveal that establishes that Strode and Myers are siblings – to instead present a direct sequel to the 1978 film.

This movie has been a work in progress, with development starting back in 2011, so hopefully, it will have been worth the wait.

Based on the looks of things, the sequel is certainly in the right hands and based on numerous reports, John Carpenter is doing everything he can to make sure that this Halloween is done right.

Carpenter is so intent on getting it right that he himself will be writing the score of the movie, just as he did for the original three Halloween movies.

McBride And Green Discuss Sequels, Sibling Rivalry And Dr. Loomis

McBride and Green already have some ideas in place for how they’d want to approach a follow-up. In fact, they actually considered pitching making two Michael Myers stalk and slash pictures. McBride said:

“We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back. Then we were like, ‘Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we’d never work again. So, let’s not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren’t going to like.’ So, we were like, ‘Let’s learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn’t. But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it.”

Green spoke about how the duo decided to include all of the entries that followed John Carpenter’s classic ’78 dead teenager indie. While the mythology for the Halloween series has been altered entirely – with the brother/sister connection between Michael and Laurie erased, and Laurie now looking to step into Dr. Loomis’ Ahab role – there are still some sly nods to the sequels contained in that spot (Silver Shamrock masks!). Green says:

“We watched all of them and I can actually enjoy all of them. But there just felt like such a simple truth to the original. I think by the time you add Michael and Laurie’s relationship, being family, or he’s only hunting his family, it takes that ‘Boogeyman’ out of it. I want everyone to be afraid of him. The first one really had that anonymity to who he was. [We are] stripping down the backstory, and philosophy, and motivation, and, you know, themes of cults, and things like that. In this one, we’re trying to go bare bones and tell a horrifying story of questions that have no answers. It’s just bad shit that happens.”

Could This Really Be Happening?

Are we about to receive our first great Halloween sequel in years? It certainly looks that way, based on this trailer and the trailer before it.

The Brazilian trailer for Halloween includes a ton of additional footage. Some would even say too much footage.

Consider this a spoiler warning before you click play.

So What Is Going On In This Trailer?

Laurie Strode, the survivor of Michael Myers’ brutal Halloween-night rampage, now lives in seclusion. She’s spent the last 40 years preparing herself, convinced that one day, Michael would return. And it turns out she’s right.

“Oops… He’s escaped again”

Michael, who has been locked away in a mental asylum all these years, busts his way out and heads back to Haddonfield.

Michael Myers involved in another road traffic accident

The first half of the latest preview plays out as an extended scene as Myers, costumed among the October 31st celebrators, kills random victims, first with a hammer and then with a kitchen knife.

The second part of the trailer focuses on Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode, who has prepared 40 years for her confrontation with the deranged killer. “I prayed every night that he would escape,” Strode says in voice-over. “So I can kill him.”

Her granddaughter Vicky (Virginia Gardner) and her friends are likely to be the new victims while Laurie looks as if she might be the Sarah Connor-esque hero to combat Michael.

Vicky listens to her Grandmother’s Halloween story

Producers have kept the details of the plot tightly under wraps,  but this new trailer gives fans plenty to sink their teeth into.

The Boogeyman is home

Horror fans are in for a real treat with this one and I’m going to go one further and check out the Halloween Maze at Movie World’s Fright Night here in Australia before seeing the film.

Come to out to OZ, have a few laughs…

Do you believe in the boogeyman? Because he believes in you.