Five things you need to know about Halloween

The iconic horror franchise is back with a brand new chapter that’s guaranteed to make this a Halloween to remember. Find out more about this sensational slasher sequel below…

 

1. IT'S A DIRECT SEQUEL TO THE ORIGINAL

Forget about reboots and parallel universe. The greatest idea behind this film is that it's a direct sequel to the 1978's classic considered one of the greatest horror films of all time. 

just hide in the closet the seven sequels (three featuring original heroine Laurie Strode, three a character mildly related to her, and one that has something to do with Stonehenge), plus two underwhelming Rob Zombie remakes. The 11th instalment returns to Haddonfield 40 years after the original Halloween blood bath, discounting all the oddities and inconsistencies that came between. 

The movie every horror fan have been waiting for!

2. JAMIE LEE CURSTIS IS BACK

The original scream queen was convinced to return to the role that made her famous, 16 years after she last appeared in the franchise. Playing “final girl” Laurie Strode, the unexpected survivor of the slasher classic, Curtis comes face-to-face with the iconic masked psycho again – this time in the form of actor James Jude Courtney (although original Mike Myers, Nick Castle, also makes a cameo as The Shape).

I saw how perfectly homage-y and new it was. I thought, ‘That’s cool, and I like it,’” she says of first reading the script. “The two movies, side by side, are perfect bookends and complements – telling the same story with new generations in the same simple, clear, iconic way that Halloween was and continues to be.”

 

3. JOHN CARPENTER IS FULLY INVOLVED

It’s been more than three decades since John Carpenter was directly involved in the Halloween movies. Numbers four to eight just kept stalking the genre without any input from the Master of Horror, as did the early 2000 reboot and its sequel.

But Carpenter is back in the spotlight as executive producer, creative consultant and composer – updating the infamous keyboard tinkles alongside son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davie.

 

4. IT'S PRODUCED BY BLUMHOUSE

There’s a real sense of a horror veteran passing the blood-stained baton to relative “youngster” Jason Blum – currently one of the biggest horror producers in Hollywood, whose company Blumhouse Productions is responsible for breathing fresh life (and cash) into the genre with megahits like Get Out, Split, The Purge and Paranormal Activity.

“Getting John Carpenter’s blessing was a prerequisite for Blumhouse being involved in this movie,” says Blum. “I wasn’t going to pursue making a Halloween movie without him.”

5. IT'S THE BEST REVIEWED HORROR OF THE YEAR

Taking another stab at the franchise paid off. The reviews are in and they’re great! The film isn’t far off 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a fantastic 8 on the IMDb.

“Long live Michael Myers,” said Entertainment Weekly, who called it a “faithful, fundamental sequel”, while the Hollywood Reporter said, “Carpenter should be pleased, and so should genre buffs,” adding that it delivers “both fan service and honest-to-god moviemaking of the sort rarely seen in horror spinoffs”. Jamie Lee Curtis’ performance has been universally praised, the actress delivering a strong, female hero for a new generation, and Myers is as terrifying as he’s ever been

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