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Saturday Frights: Halloween Trailer (2018)

Fright Fans, if you are kind enough to follow the Saturday Frights podcast Facebook page, you know that something major dropped today. The Halloween trailer for the upcoming sequel of 1978’s Halloween. In fact we fans of the slasher franchise were treated to three different versions of the Halloween trailer yesterday. Although in this case they were teasers for said trailer.

[Via] Rapid Trailer

However just in case you were not aware, this new film is indeed taking a bold path. Last year when it was announced that there was going to be a new Halloween film it raised some eyebrows. It wasn’t the fact that original Director John Carpenter was on board as a producer. As well as providing the soundtrack for the upcoming film.
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Nor was it the decision to hire David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) to helm the film. Or for that matter using a script co-written by Green, Jeff Fradley, as well as Danny McBride (Vice Principals). No, although I think it’s safe to say that longtime fans of the series did find all of that odd. I think it was the news that 2018’s Halloween was ignoring the seven sequels that followed the original that took everyone by surprise.

Let me be clear. This new Halloween film will follow the characters 40 years after the original. It means that the shocking revelation of 1981’s Halloween II has been wiped away. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is no longer the sister of the infamous and unstoppable Michael Myers (Nick Castle).

[Via] Movieclips Classic Trailers

If you happen to be one of those film fans that avoid all trailers. USA Today gave a brief outline of what to expect from the movie:

“A British documentary crew comes to the States to visit Michael in prison for a retrospective of the maniac’s night of terror — but their project becomes way more interesting when Myers escapes custody, retrieves his signature mask and seeks revenge on Laurie, with others naturally being part of his impressive career body count along the way.

In the decades following the fateful Halloween night that forever altered the former babysitter’s life, Laurie has armed and prepped herself for Michael’s inevitable return — to the detriment of her family, including daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).”
Halloween Trailer - Jamie Lee Curtis

For myself I am quite interested as well as excited about this new Halloween. At the very least I will be sure to pick up that new soundtrack by John Carpenter. The film will hit theaters on October 19, 2018.

Now then…are you ready to take in the 2018 Halloween Trailer?

[Via] Movieclips Trailers

Halloween by Curtis Richards

Is Michael Myers a boogeyman who commits random acts of violence without reason? Or is he a family annihilator who is trying to eliminate his bloodline? That’s a question which divides the many fans of John Carpenter’s classic horror/Halloween movie Halloween. It’s also a question that is further complicated by Curtis Richard’s 1979 novelization of that film.

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The Halloween novelization pretty much follows the basic beats of the classic movie. However, it does so very quickly. It skims over those beats, actually? Why? Because it spends a lot of its time creating things that didn’t happen in the movie. There is a prologue about an ancient Irish teen who kills his would-be lover and her suitor. This prologue suggests that Michael Myers is possessed by the soul of this Irish teen or is perhaps a reincarnation of him. Then there is a chapter in which Michael’s mother tells her mother that Michael is hearing voices, only for her mother to tell a story about Michael’s great-grandfather who also heard voices and ended up killing people.

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And if those two chapters don’t totally destroy the movie, there is something else in the novelization that does. We get into Michael’s head. We hear his thoughts. This does two things. First, it shows that he is thinking, not just plotting to kill. Secondly, it shows that he lusts, as some of his thoughts are sexual in nature. In my opinion, both of those things completely destroy either of the two prevalent understandings of Michael Myers.

Halloween3Still, I wasn’t completely unhappy with the novelization. It does what it should do. It gives us another taste of a movie we love. And that’s a pretty good thing, even if its depiction of Michael Myers isn’t.

BTW, this novelization is out of print and will cost a lot of money on Amazon or Ebay. There are also novelizations of the other Halloween films.