Newly released photo stills from the upcoming Halloween ‘reimagining’ show that Michael Myers is just as psychotic and bloodthirsty as ever. They also depict Jamie Lee Curtis, reprising her role as horror victim Laurie Strode, who has appeared in five of the ten Halloween films produced (albeit one being an uncredited voice role). If anything, it looks like this gory slash-’em-up will be as intense and graphic as ever.
As if the release of these new photos weren’t enough, a new trailer is due for release on Friday 8th June. The film will be set forty years after the original 1980 Halloween. Screenwriter Danny McBride has publicly stated that the new film will be a ‘reimagining’ of the franchises’ continuity, erasing all the sequels (and two-movie reboot series) from the timeline and loosely following on from the first film. However, he insists that the new film will pay tribute to all the past entries despite not regarding them as canon.
The photos depict a very menacing-looking Michael Myers, who will be played by both his original actor, Nick Castle, as well as actor and stuntman, James Jude Courtney, giving the sense of one actor ‘passing the torch’ down to another. In addition, we can see a long-haired Jamie Lee Curtis being attacked by the maniacal killer. Since the film is a reimagining, her character’s untimely death in Halloween: Ressurection will be (and evidently is) retconned.
The original Halloween was released in cinemas in 1978 and is regarded as the film that influenced a slew of slasher flicks throughout the 80’s. Directed by horror legend, John Carpenter (who also serves as executive producer for the 2018 film as well as music composer), the film also introduced audiences to tropes that have been part of horror films for decades, most notably the ‘final girl’ trope, where one girl always remains among the victims to tell her horrific story. It made approximately $70 million worldwide on only a $300,000 budget.
Halloween, the 2018 movie, will be released on October 19th of this year in the United States. In the meantime, check out more photos from the movie here.