Get ready for the night He came home…Again…
Michael Myers has had a somewhat harrowing cinematic history compared to fellow slashers like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. He starred in Halloween in 1978 (my personal favorite slasher flick of all time), did one sequel, and then was supposed to retire while the franchise tried to take on a more anthology feel.
When the underrated Halloween III: Season of the Witch failed to perform, though, Michael returned to duty for three more films. Then came Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (geez, that’s an exhausting title), which wasn’t a reboot, but was quite an event, as it featured the return of original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis. After that, the original Michael canon continued (and sorta ended) with Halloween: Resurrection, and then the inevitable reboot hit. Rob Zombie made two films that told an even darker version of the Michael Myers tale, and though there have been whispers of another reboot or sequel ever since, the franchise has now been dormant for six years, one of the longest quiet stretches in its nearly 40-year history.
Now, that’s apparently changing. MovieHole reports that a new Michael Myers film is finally on the way. Titled Halloween Returns (which makes me think it’s a film about calendars, but whatever), the film is billed as a “standalone” take on the franchise set years after Michael’s “initial rampage.”
Halloween Returns will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers. The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.
It’s hard to figure out from this information when exactly the film will be set, or whether it’ll ignore the convoluted continuity set up by Halloweens 4-8, though it definitely doesn’t sound like a full reboot in any case. I’m also very curious to see whether the warden lets Michael wear the mask on Death Row, as Michael’s “The Shape” persona has always been a key part of the franchise’s scares.
We don’t know when Halloween Returns hits theaters yet, but considering how many hit revivals of old franchises we’ve seen lately, the news itself is right on schedule.