John Carpenter's 1978 horror masterpiece, Halloween, remains one of the most terrifying movies of the genre. The simplistic nature of the plot - a masked man stalking a babysitter on Halloween - combined with the unexplained motivations of a relentless killing machine created a film that uses the unknown and the everyday to scare the audience. It stood alone as a complete story, one that centered around both Michael Myers and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), but Hollywood wanted more from it.
The Halloween sequels began three years later and never stopped, bringing us some of the worst Halloween film mistakes. Although some of the follow-ups came close to re-creating the mood and terror of the original, most of them provided a master class in oversights to avoid when crafting a horror movie. There are definitely some specific plotlines and elements the 2018 reboot should avoid, in order to stay true to its roots.
Maintain Strict Narrative Continuity
In 1981's Halloween II, Laurie Strode shoots Michael Myers in both of his eyes. The third installment of the franchise avoided Myers altogether, but he returned in the fourth movie. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers shows the terrifying killer still has two working eyes that he uses to stalk his niece. Meanwhile, Laurie dies in an off-screen car accident.
Laurie returns to the franchise in 1998's Halloween H20 alive, with a son, and with no mention of the daughter introduced and followed in Halloween 4 or Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. 2002's Halloween: Resurrection then revises the H2O ending by saying Laurie didn't decapitate Myers, but instead killed an ambulance medic dressed in her brother's clothes.
Since 2018's Halloween scraps every sequel in the franchise, the producers basically only have to stay true to the events of the first film - which is easier than it sounds.Should the reboot omit this mistake?
Keep Kung-Fu Fighting Out Of The Equation AltogetherVideo: YouTube
Perhaps the most obvious mistake, in a movie filled with them, was rapper Busta Rhymes going toe-to-toe with Myers more than once. However, the way he fought Myers was even more ridiculous, as he used kung-fu techniques while defending himself against the monster.Should the reboot omit this mistake?
Don't Bring Druid Cults And Curses Into The Fray
After years of sequels that required Myers to rise again after seemingly being killed off in a previous film, 1995's Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers sought to explain how that could be possible. Fans were dismayed with the plot, as it disclosed how Myers was cursed by a druid cult that forced him to kill his closest family member every Halloween.
The curse also served as a retcon for Myers's ability to return from being impaled, being shot, being stabbed, and various other injuries that would kill a mere mortal.Should the reboot omit this mistake?
Keep Creator John Carpenter Involved In Some Capacity
After Halloween in 1978, Carpenter was done with his vision of The Shape and wanted to move on. He was pulled back into the franchise by his agents and money, and he penned the original's serviceable sequel. After the franchise's creator left, main character Laurie Strode was killed off. Telepathic connections were introduced. Druid curses came into play. Busta Rhymes appeared in a movie where he successfully fought off Michael Myers twice.
Carpenter's eye for framing scenes, scoring them, and building tension is needed to bring the franchise back to where it began.
To the delight of fans, Carpenter came on board for 2018's Halloween as a producer, and he personally approved the script by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green. Carpenter is also working on the new film's score.Should the reboot omit this mistake?