Days before the world’s second-scariest national holiday — the first is Thanksgiving because, you know, family — David Gordon Green will unleash a new version of Michael Myers in his kind-of sequel to one of the most popular horror films of all time, Halloween. On Wednesday, Universal Pictures released the second Halloween trailer, and … so far so good.
David Gordon Green’s take on the movie picks up forty years after the original film in a universe where none of the sequels took place. Michael Myers has been tucked into his insane asylum for all that time, while his only surviving victim, Laurie Strode (original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis), has devoted herself to training for the day she can put Michael through a little punishment of her own devising.
Jettisoning decades of backstory is a means to return Michael Myers to his most basic, to a point where he’s an unknowable, indiscriminate killing machine. For example, Myers isn’t the supernatural bulldozer he once was (he’s also a sexagenarian). One of the most fundamental aspects of the original franchise was the family relationship between Laurie and Michael introduced in the second film. That’s gone now, in favor of focusing on the thrills.
As producer Danny McBride put it when he spoke to IGN, “I was pushing for that removal right off the bat. I just felt like that was an area where he wasn’t quite as scary anymore. It seemed too personalized. I wasn’t as afraid of Michael Myers anymore because I’m not his f**king brother, so he’s not coming after me.”
David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel opens October 19.