14 Things You Need To Know Before Watching The New “Halloween” Movie


The first Halloween movie from 1978 is considered as one of the pioneers in the slasher film genre.

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Although one might argue that Psycho (1960) was the first real example of this horror movie sub-genre, it wasn’t until the mid-70s that slasher films got really big with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (’74) and Halloween (’78).


There have already been TEN Halloween movies.

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There are seven sequels of the original Halloween , plus a reboot directed by Rob Zombie and its sequel. That means that this year’s Halloween is the 11th installment of the franchise .


Chronologically, this new Halloween film will ignore all of the previous ones from the franchise except for the first film.

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You only really need to have watched the 1978 original to get everything you need for this story.


But HEY, if you **have** seen them all, you will enjoy some very clever references that are hidden in the new film.

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The director, David Gordon Green, guaranteed that “fans are going to love all the homages they put in the film, there are just so many little Easter Eggs and you know, just kind of touches to the original”.


In general, you should know that the Halloween movies don’t exactly follow each other in order.

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* Halloween and Halloween II exist in the same universe/storyline.

* Halloween III is a completely different story that doesn’t include Michael Myers.

* Films IV, V, and VI follow the first two (without Laurie Strode in the picture).

* Halloween H20 (7) and Halloween: Resurrection (8) line up with the first two, but not to the latter three.


In this year’s installment, Halloween (2018), Michael Myers and Laurie Strode are not siblings.

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In the second film, it is revealed that Michael and Laurie were siblings. But this new film will return to the original premise in which Myers became obsessed with Laurie without an apparent explanation.


John Carpenter worked on this film both as a composer and executive producer.

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Carpenter — director, co-writer, and composer of the music of the original Halloween movie — returns for this 2018 movie to set the soundtrack and serve as a creative consultant.


This is not the first time that Jamie Lee Curtis appeared in a follow-up to the original Halloween.

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After the original movie, she returned to play Laurie Strode in the second film (1981), in Halloween H20 (1998), and in Halloween: Resurrection (2002).


There is a cameo of the actor who played the original Michael Myers from the first film.

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Although the role of Michael Myers is played by the actor James Jude Courtney in most parts of the new film, Nick Castle, who played the role of Myers in the 1978 film, does wear the mask once again at one point. You can see him in this scene as shown above, where he is looking out of a window.


Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie) and James Jude Courtney (Michael) had almost no contact with each other during the filming of the movie.

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James apparently purposefully kept his distance because of the nature of the film, and because he wanted to respect the enormous emotional stakes of the story.


This new film has been received as a reflection of the #MeToo movement.

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Besides focusing on the story of a frightened woman who is the victim of a psychopath, it’s also a story of a survivor who is willing to fight and who is fully prepared to defend herself, her daughter and her granddaughter from a murderer.

Even Carpenter himself said in an interview: “It’s the #MeToo generation vs. Michael Myers.”


It is also a film that deals with the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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After all, the movie is essentially about the 40 years Laurie has spent trying to cope with the attacks from that one Halloween night in ’78. Curtis has mentioned on more than one occasion that this is a film about trauma, and recently has added: “We never make movies about what happens after the violence. We make movies about violence, we glorify it, but we never ask what happens [after].”


No one knows yet whether this film will lead to other sequels or spin-offs, but it’s likely!

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Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse production company, said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “Let me tell you, if we got six movies out of [Paranormal Activity] — they found new footage five times in a row! — I feel like we can figure out the next chapter. But we’ll see.”


And finally, the film currently has a p. dece score of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes .


This makes it the second franchise favorite of the critics (many of them, usually not fanatics of terror). The first one has score of 93% , while the others have scores that range from 50% to a very low 12%.

This post was translated from Spanish.