Prepare to be creeped out this October when the latest Halloween film lands in Cineworld on 19th October.
John Carpenter's 1978 original is as definitive a horror classic as you can get, setting the standards for other legendary slasher films that followed like Friday 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. It also introduced us to one of the most terrifying horror villains of all time: serial killer Michael Myers.
It's been almost a decade since we last saw Myers don his iconic mask and wreak havoc with his trusty kitchen knife in Rob Zombie's Halloween remake, and we can't wait to be terrified of Myers all over again next month. However, this latest movie shakes the series up a bit, as we're about to explain…
1. It ignores the events of the sequels
As one of the longest-running horror franchises in cinema history, there have been various Halloween sequels, reboots, and sequels to reboots over the past four decades.
The series has subsequently undergone various twists and turns, from the revelation that persecuted babysitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael were siblings in Halloween II, to the even weirder reveal that Michael's killing sprees were due to him being cursed by a cult in sixth movie, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let's not forget Halloween III: Season of the Witch which, despite now having a cult following, had nothing to do with our favourite serial killer, but instead focused on evil dolls.
Thankfully, the latest film, directed by Stronger's David Gordon Green, fixes these issues by acting as a direct sequel to Carpenter's original film. This means Michael and Laurie aren't related and we don't need to concern ourselves what's happened elsewhere in the series.
2. We'll see a different side to Laurie Strode
Myers may be the main attraction of the first movie, but he was never the star. That honour went to Jamie Lee Curtis who, in her first ever film role, played Laurie Strode, the unlucky babysitter who found herself stalked by Myers, an escaped psychiatric patient, on Halloween night.
While Curtis has reprised this role in other movies (most recently in 2002's Halloween: Resurrection), we've never seen her like this. In the latest film, we'll see a more damaged Laurie who's still haunted by the events of that fateful night 40 years ago, and now she's ready to fight to put an end to the nightmares when her tormenter returns.
Seeing Laurie confront Myers (who'll once again be portrayed by Nick Castle) is something horror fans have been dreaming of for a long time. Intriguingly, this film will focus more on the affects of Laurie's trauma, consequently showing this fearsome 'final girl' (i.e. the character in horror movies who survives the carnage) in a new light.
3. John Carpenter is directly involved
Can it really be a true Halloween sequel if the godfather of the series, John Carpenter, isn't involved? Carpenter's name is synonymous with the horror genre, having brought us not just Halloween but also cult classics The Thing, The Fog, and They Live.
This marks the first time Carpenter has been directly involved in a Halloween sequel since the aforementioned Season of the Witch back in 1982. Acting as executive producer, Carpenter worked closely with David Gordon Green to ensure that the newest sequel was true to the characters he created, as well as being as scary as possible, giving his own personal stamp of approval.
Moreover, it just wouldn't be a Halloween film without Carpenter providing his signature score. And we'll hearing a revamped version of that spine-chilling synth theme, courtesy of Carpenter's brand new soundtrack.
4. It's good gory fun
Slasher movies are of course infamous for their gruesome violence, often inflicted on hapless teenagers whose sexual activities lead to their demise. This was reflected on, to blackly comic effect, in Wes Craven's ground-breaking Scream in 1996.
We know that Michael will be wielding his trusty knife in the new Halloween, but first impressions of the film suggest that he'll be getting a bit more creative with his kills. The Playlist even warns that the squeamish among us might want to give this one a miss, but if you think you can stomach it, you'll be in for a gorily good time.
5. Critics are loving it
It's hard for any franchise to sustain a level of high quality, let alone one as long-running as Halloween. If you were worried that this film would suffer the fate of diminishing returns, you can rest easy, because early reviews from this year's Toronto International Film Festival are extremely positive.
The Playlist calls it a "love letter to the original picture… Thrilling, atmospheric and brutally violent." IGN claims it to be "the movie fans have been waiting forty years for." Entertainment Weekly declares that this iteration takes the series back to its roots "in a big, funny, scary, squishy, super-meta sequel." And Polygon describes it as "easily the best one since Carpenter's [original]."
Get ready for the return of Michael Myers when Halloween arrives in Cineworld on 19th October.
Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.