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Jamie Lee Curtis is a Silver Fox on the Set of ‘Halloween’ Reboot

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brian-mcgee - January 31, 2018

Halloween is one of those franchises with a super convoluted mythology. You see kids, back in the days before movie franchises were a money making machine, they were mostly a jumbled mess of sequels retconning previous entries. Highlander III pretends Highlander II never happened. Leprechaun starting re-numbering its sequels with the sixth entry in the franchise, Leprechaun Back 2 Tha Hood. And Halloween is no exception to this sort of reverse engineering.

This is the first set photo from Halloween, due in theaters this coming October, and for those of you keeping score at home, this will be the third film in this franchise with that title. According to Coming Soon, the film is "ignoring the continuity of many of the sequels in favor of telling its own story," so let's try and figure out what that means.

In 1981's Halloween II, it's established that Michael Myers is the older brother of Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode. Halloween III: Season of the Witch had nothing to do with any of that—a remnant of the series' initial intent—and Halloween 4 pretends II didn't mostly didn't happen and ignored III altogether. Halloween 5 introduces the "Curse of Thorn" nonsense that supposedly ties III back into the franchise. 6 is a total botch job trying desperately to cling to any mythology from the franchise they can, and they killed off Donald Pleasance's Loomis. H2O pretends 3, 4, 5, and 6 never happened. Resurrection immediately retcons the ending of H2O and kills off Laurie Strode. 

This franchise is great, but it's a mess. So you can understand why I might be skeptical about the phrase "ignoring the continuity of many of the sequels." Which sequels? Are they gonna retain that they're brother and sister? I certainly hope not. If we're gonna retcon things, let's get rid of that terrible idea right now. I understand why they're calling it just simply Halloween, but it's confusing as hell. 

I admit, however, that I trust director David Gordon Green to deliver. Yes, he made Your Highness, which is one of the worst films ever made, but he also made some killer indies early in his career like George Washington and All the Real Girls. Plus this is Blumhouse, the house that Paranormal Activity built and the studio behind Get Out and Split. They're going to market the hell out of this movie, and sell it, and possibly even make it worth seeing. 

What do you guys think? Are you excited about this? Do you just wish they'd let this franchise stay dead? Are there any sequels you're hoping they retain? Sound off in the comments section below!



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