For me, last couple days have been all about the new Halloween trailer. I’ve always been a fan of the series and for not being much of a horror guy, I can’t seem to explain the level of attachment I have to this particular brand of slasher flicks. It’s weird but if I’m seeing a scary movie in the theater that doesn’t feature Michael Myers, it’s usually one which has transcended the built in horror audience or is something too unique, too original, to pass up. A Quiet Place would be the best, most recent example. When it’s Halloween though, guaranteed I’ll sitting in Cinemark opening weekend.
Either way the torch has been passed to a pair of very unlikely candidates with Green and McBride. In an attempt to make their project stand out amongst the others, they announced this Halloween movie would be direct sequel to the first one, completely ignoring close forty years of filmmaking. It took a minute but in the end I guess I really don’t have a problem with it. It’s not like all the sequels were God awful but none of them even compare to the original. So I’ll admit the Halloween series is ripe to be rebooted but I just wonder why they are going the direction they are? Couldn’t you just hit the restart button entirely? And if this movie is good, it asks a much larger question regarding continuity; does it even matter anymore?
When talking horror, especially the slashers, continuity is a very interesting element of discussion. In many ways, you don’t need it. All you need to do is create a situation with a bunch of people for your masked or burned bad to guy to kill, then let him kill them. Jason X being a great example. “Let’s just put Jason Voorhees in space!” Had to be the pitch. The characters in these stories seem to be a secondary to the antagonist. We may have a relationship with Laurie Strode because the role is historic and she’s been on the big screen a few times but I guarantee the average horror fan couldn’t tell you the name of Busta Rhymes’ role in Halloween: Resurrection. Even though his performance was captivating.
With Donald Pleasence’s passing in 1995, the corral of returnable roles is a little slim. I’m expecting some salute to Dr. Loomis but it’s not like we’ll meet his son or anything. So maybe Green can use the parts of the setting make a connection to the original. I’m assuming we’re going back to Haddonfield. Not the “same” Myers house, but the house is important. Maybe the prison Michael breaks out of is called Smith’s Grove. The writers could borrow certain things from the other movies and incorporate them. Depending on what they choose, it might work. Just stay away from the Thorn Cult B.S. featured Halloween six.
However, when you’re building a large scale universe like Marvel, DC, and Star Wars… continuity matters a ton!
When I first heard the 2018 Halloween would be a direct sequel to the original, I was a agitated that Green and McBride are ignoring everything in between. It’s not like the previous movies are classics but there’s a couple things I feel could be expanded. If this one serves as a sequel while also rebooting the franchise I have no problem welcoming Michael Myers to a new generation of viewers. I just hope the production staff went out of their way to do it right.
So far I’m impressed!
By Adam Chmielewski
Photo Credits- Blumhouse/Disney
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