Whether audiences asked for it or not, there will be another Halloweenreboot set to hit theaters in 2018. While the last reboot, helmed by Rob Zombie, delved deeper into the psyche of masked-maniac Michael Myers's home life, the newest iteration only promises the return of iconic scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. Universal announced a release date of October 19th, 2018 along with a photo of Curtis dressed in the familiar costume of a button-down shirt and jeans that she first wore nearly four decades ago. The image of Laurie Strode (Curtis) standing confidently with her brother, and unrelenting stalker, waiting in the shadows brings little information but elicits intrigue for most fans of the franchise.
With the success of recent small-budgeted horror films and the massive record-breaking box office numbers of It, movie studios will likely continue rolling out as many horror films as possible. As often reported, 2017 has been a disappointing year for theater owners and studios alike. Audiences were not nearly as interested in a summer of remakes and sequels with higher quality streaming content available at home. However, It being a remake did nothing to curb the interest of viewers since the dated 1990 mini-series was in desperate need of an overhaul. Once again, scares pulled people in.
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Halloween's reboot has a great possibility for success by fans of the series, horror fans in general and even for those who lost interest in the sequels but are willing to give it another shot considering it will mark the 40th anniversary of the original's release. There's always money in nostalgia.
The major question remains; how is Laurie still alive? The last we saw Laurie, Michael finally bested her by stabbing her before she fell off the roof of a mental institution in 2002's Halloween: Resurrection. Perhaps, the filmmakers will ask audiences to ignore that vital piece of history or hope we forgot the film existed altogether. The movie was a debacle that included Busta Rhymes talking trash to Michael Myers. It was an embarrassing spectacle that most audiences should choose to ignore.
Assuming that filmmakers would like for audiences to disregard Halloween: Resurrection, we would also have to ignore 1998's far superior H20. In H20, the film ends with Laurie prevailing over Michael by chopping off his head. it was a satisfying ending that was ruined by Halloween: Resurrection's explanation of the masked man being an innocent man who was not Michael at all. How Michael was so quick to place his mask, also his security blanket, on some stranger to trick his sister is anyone's guess.
Hopefully, answers will be revealed next year with what Universal claims will be the final entry in the franchise, though such bold statements may be rescinded if the box-office numbers are big enough.