- By Michael Jacobo
- Photo By Ryan Green/Universal Pictures
Halloween is my favorite time of the year. Fall foliage, pumpkin breads — and spiced lattes — and, of course, horror movies. It’s a very specific routine of celebrating. This year, however, it’s going to be a special one.
Halloween, in theaters this month, is the eleventh film in the classic horror film franchise and a direct sequel to the original 1978 film. Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode. For those of you who have no respect for the genre and don’t know the story, Laurie Strode and friends were stalked and killed one by one by the masked Michael Myers on Halloween night in 1978, with Laurie being the sole survivor (or Final Girl, which is a popular trope in the slasher subgenre). And so followed six sequels, a remake, and its sequel. Development issues for another sequel to the remake eventually led to what’s being released now, a classic part two.
Halloween ignores every sequel and remake in the franchise to deliver a fresh story (one that will probably rule out a major, major, plot point that’s essential to the Halloween lore. Its exploration of female trauma will definitely strike a chord in today’s political climate. The film was written by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness), Danny McBride (Vice Principals, Eastbound and Down), and Jeff Fradley, and directed by Green.
“Halloween” opens October 19th.