Michael Myers is back, and Laurie Strode can’t wait to put a bullet in his head. The official trailer for Halloween 2018 shows an escaped Michael Myers on the loose and Laurie Strode eagerly preparing to take him down for good.
It’s been 40 years since Michael Myers’ killing spree in the original 1978 Halloween. Since then, Michael has been jailed in a maximum security prison. Laurie Strode, Michael’s ultimate target, survived that horrific night with the knife scar to prove it. But the old former babysitter isn’t scared of Michael. We learn in the trailer that Laurie has spent that time training herself, fully believing that Michael will return one day to finish the job.
Michael eventually manages to escape when a routine transportation goes awry and his bus crashes. On the loose once more, he dawns his iconic white mask, picks up a kitchen knife, and begins the hunt for his old nemesis.
Except this time, things are different. His former victim is no longer the easy target she once was. Laurie’s not afraid that Michael escaped. On the contrary, she’s ecstatic. She’s been waiting to put his punk ass down for four decades.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a slasher movie if some innocents didn’t get caught in the crossfire. Michael’s vengeful pursuit will undoubtedly include more casualties, and judging by the trailer, it looks like Michael hasn’t lost his taste for targeting babysitters.
As for whether this upcoming Halloween film is a reboot or not, well, it’s complicated. Halloween 2018 is the 11th film in the franchise but it looks like it’s going to be a direct sequel to the very first film in the series. The trailer mentions that 40 years has passed since the first Halloween but makes no reference to the many movies that followed. Writer Danny McBride told IndieWire that Halloween 2018 is a “reimagining” rather than a reboot.
Yeah, except that this is totally a reboot. Halloween 2018 will ignore (but still reference) all the stuff after Halloween 1978 and softly retcons the original movie’s ending. In the original ending, Michael Myers mysteriously disappears after being gunned down by his psychiatrist, Sam Loomis. Halloween 2018 makes it clear that Michael apprehended that night, or at the very least, shortly after.
Halloween is set to release on October 19, 2018.