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Halloween 2018: A Famous Killer’s Last Frenzy

Jamie Lee Curtis - Halloween

A Classic Story Lives On

As all movie fans know, Hollywood loves rebooting and retooling popular movie franchises. Remakes, sequels and prequels play to dedicated fans who are more than willing to fork over hard earned cash to see their favorite characters in action once again. A 1978 classic directed by the now legendary John Carpenter, Halloween, has seen seven sequels and two remakes over the years. The prototypical slasher flick, Halloween introduced moviegoers to Michael Myers, a heartless killer who embodies the very essence of evil. Though no new Halloween movies have come out since 2009, Mike has continued to be a popular costume choice for everyone from adult trick or treaters, to professional actors at commercial haunted houses.

40 Years Ago Today....

Directed by David Gordon Green, the upcoming 2018 sequel centers on the town of Haddonfield, Il, as they are about to celebrate Halloween, 40 years after Myers’ original rampage. True to the times (we can’t seem to get enough of Serial, or Making a Murderer), a British documentary crew has arrived to shoot a “true crime” style film on this legendary psycho killer. In the midst of it all, Michael Myers escapes captivity and slips into town, bent on murdering again. However, this time Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), is prepared to fight back.

Getting the Crew Back Together

Though many of the sequels and remakes to date have been highly entertaining (shout out to Rob Zombie), it wouldn’t really be Halloween if it didn’t include Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter. Carpenter lends his talents as a composer of starkly minimalist, haunting synth-driven soundscapes (and also gets an executive producer nod), while Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode. Original Michael Myers actor Nick Castle also returns, splitting time with stuntman James Jude Courtney.
Whereas in earlier Halloween movies, she was basically “running for her life,” 2018’s Laurie Strode is well prepared for Myers’ inevitably escape and return. Getting to play a proactive hero is part of what attracted Curtis to this role. Explaining her character, Curtis said, “In this case, she is well-matched, she is prepared, she is focused. She will be the one people are standing behind when that moment comes, because she’s the one ready.”
Michael Myers - Halloween
Curtis had reservations about revisiting the franchise, stating that 1998’s Halloween H20, “started out with best intentions, but it ended up being a money gig.” Curtis’ “unofficial godson” Jake Gyllenhaal (who had just worked Green on Stronger), convinced her to give Green a call, and the two immediately hit it off.

Planning Your Own Halloween

Arriving in theaters on October 31st, 2018, Halloween is sure to be popular with long time fans and a younger generation of thrill seekers. Whether you’re going on opening day, or spending the evening trick or treating, hosting friends, or partying at the club, you’ll need a freaky look that will strike fear into the heart of all those who cross your path. Check out a bone chilling selection of signature Halloween costumes from The Horror Dome, and start planning an unforgettable night with your friends and family. Of course, keep an eye peeled for that escaped murder.
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  • Jamie Lee Curtis image:
    Image By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)],
    via Wikipedia https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Lee_Curtis#/media/File:Jamie_Lee_Curtis_(29870346176).jpg
  • Michael Myers image:
    By Daniel [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)],
    via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ironhide/30412067210/in/photostream/

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