A report on Halloween (2018 film)

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Producer Jason Blum
Director and co-writer David Gordon Green
Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode.
Nick Castle reprises his role as Michael Myers for the first time in forty years.

2018 American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Jeff Fradley, and Danny McBride.

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Halloween (franchise)

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American slasher media franchise that consists of twelve films, as well as novels, comic books, a video game and other merchandise.

American slasher media franchise that consists of twelve films, as well as novels, comic books, a video game and other merchandise.

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An infographic illustrating the continuity between the Halloween films.

A direct sequel to the original film, which ignores all previous sequels, was released in 2018.

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Halloween (1978 film)

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1978 American independent slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, with P. J. Soles and Nancy Kyes appearing in supporting roles.

1978 American independent slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, with P. J. Soles and Nancy Kyes appearing in supporting roles.

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Donald Pleasence plays Dr. Sam Loomis, the hero of the film
Production designer Tommy Lee Wallace used a mask modeled after Captain Kirk from the Star Trek series (pictured), making various modifications such as painting it white, widening its eyes, and altering its hair
Ad, The Village Voice, November 6, 1978: only known, published window for date of film's New York City premiere ("Held over ... 2nd week")
Roger Ebert, an often vocal critic of slasher films, praised Halloween upon its release
Judith Myers and her boyfriend, as viewed from the point-of-view of young Michael Myers; this voyeuristic perspective is a distinguishing feature of the film's opening scene

An eleventh installment, which serves as a direct sequel to the original film that retcons all previous sequels, was released in 2018; this was followed by two direct sequels: Halloween Kills (2021) and the upcoming Halloween Ends (2022).

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Halloween Kills

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2021 American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride, and Scott Teems.

2021 American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride, and Scott Teems.

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The film is a sequel to 2018's Halloween and the twelfth installment in the Halloween franchise.

Michael Myers in Halloween (2018), portrayed by James Jude Courtney

Michael Myers (Halloween)

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Fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films.

Fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films.

Michael Myers in Halloween (2018), portrayed by James Jude Courtney

Halloween (2018) is a direct sequel to the original film in which Michael and Laurie are not siblings.

Curtis at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con

Jamie Lee Curtis

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American actress, producer, author, and activist.

American actress, producer, author, and activist.

Curtis at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Curtis with her mother, Janet Leigh, in 1960
Curtis at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival
Curtis at the 1989 Primetime Emmy Awards
Curtis autographing a copy of her children's book in 2010
Curtis speaking at an event in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in September 2016

She reprised the role of Laurie in the sequels Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills (2021), and Halloween Ends (2022).

A scene from the Grand Guignol, a format some critics have cited as an influence on the slasher film

Slasher film

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Genre of horror films involving a killer stalking and murdering a group of people, usually by use of bladed tools.

Genre of horror films involving a killer stalking and murdering a group of people, usually by use of bladed tools.

A scene from the Grand Guignol, a format some critics have cited as an influence on the slasher film
Dorothy McGuire in The Spiral Staircase (1946)
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) was a huge success on release, and a critical influence on the slasher genre
The masked killer in Mario Bava's giallo film, Blood and Black Lace (1964)

Blumhouse released meta-sequels The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) and Halloween (2018), which retconned their predecessors to begin a new continuity.

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Halloween Ends

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Upcoming American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride, Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier.

Upcoming American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride, Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier.

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In June 2018, before the release of Halloween (2018), McBride confirmed that he and Green had intended to pitch two films that would be shot back-to-back, but decided against it, waiting to see the reaction to the first film.

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in  Halloween (1978)

Laurie Strode

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Fictional character in the Halloween franchise by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.

Fictional character in the Halloween franchise by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in  Halloween (1978)

Although Laurie supposedly died in Halloween: Resurrection, Curtis reprised the role in Halloween (2018), which ignores

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Halloween II (1981 film)

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1981 American slasher film directed by Rick Rosenthal in his directorial debut, written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence who reprise their respective roles as Laurie Strode and Dr. Sam Loomis.

1981 American slasher film directed by Rick Rosenthal in his directorial debut, written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence who reprise their respective roles as Laurie Strode and Dr. Sam Loomis.

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The opening title of Halloween II, an attempt to connect the film stylistically to Halloween, featuring the lit pumpkin as a back drop to the opening credits.
Halloween II departs significantly from its predecessor by incorporating more graphic violence and blood, making it far more similar to slasher films of its time. This scene depicts Michael bleeding after being shot in both eyes.

It also introduces the plot twist of Laurie Strode being the sister of Michael Myers, a feature that would form the narrative arc of the series in subsequent films, including Rob Zombie's remake and its sequel, but was dropped from the 2018 film trilogy.

Carpenter in 2010

John Carpenter

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American filmmaker, actor and composer.

American filmmaker, actor and composer.

Carpenter in 2010
Carpenter in September 2001
Carpenter performing live in October 2016
Carpenter with Bruce Robb (right) and son Cody Carpenter (middle) in 2005
Carpenter at a signing in Chicago, 2014

He returned to the Halloween franchise as composer and executive producer of the sequel Halloween (2018).