It’s been forty years since we were first introduced to precociously psychotic murderer Michael Myers.
The Shape’s slow, deliberate walk and deathly silence will haunt horror fans forever; with his quiet demeanour so much more frightening than if he had simply ran and raged.
Now the poster for the upcoming remake of the 70s classic is here and – despite being deceptively simple – it is very, very effective.
In a much longed for tweet from Blumhouse Productions, the poster finally reveals Myers’ latest gruesome mask.
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) April 19, 2018
Heavily lined and criss-crossed with wrinkles, this new mask has already provoked excited discussion among fans. The features are warped and obscured with age, revealing thin lips, hooded eyes and a furrowed brow.
We are looking at a much older, worn down Myers, although I’m willing to bet he isn’t planning a comfortable retirement full of Caribbean cruises and garden rockeries.
— Tyler (@TensaZangetsu59) April 19, 2018
Although this is the 11th in the mixed-bag franchise, this will be a fiercely loyal sequel to the much admired 1978 John Carpenter original.
All other sequels will be ignored, neatly sweeping aside decades worth of somewhat clunky Haddonfield history.
Including the fact protagonist Laurie Strode was – rather pointlessly – killed off in the critically reviled Halloween Resurrection.
First, let’s remember the jump scare heavy – and completely unsurpassable – original below:
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Fans are confident this new outing – directed by David Gordon Green – will restore the gory spirit of the original. Carpenter has given this revitalisation his expert seal of approval, stepping in to actively help with the project.
Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise her role as resourceful Laurie Strode while the original and best Myers actor Nick Castle will be putting that infamous mask back on.
— Siobhán Egan (@SiobhanTO) April 20, 2018
— Mollie_halloweenqueen (@MHalloweenqueen) April 19, 2018
— Lee McCoy (@Drumdums) April 19, 2018
The synopsis for the film on IMDB explains:
Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Now all we need is for the trailer, which should come ambling along our collective suburb any day now…
I had a dream last night the 1st trailer for #halloween2018 dropped then I woke up and was sad……….
— Michael Christie (@Mikeyvanb) April 18, 2018
The teaser poster for the new Halloween movie. It's interesting it doesn't reveal too much, but Michael's mask looks melancholic. I like anyway; the poster is right up there with the original 1978 classic, The Thing, Batman '89, and IT 2017. #Halloween2018 pic.twitter.com/Gvg0zA9miL
— Tristram P. Amberson (@TDogAllen9) April 19, 2018
Speaking with Yahoo! Entertainment, everyone’s favourite final girl Jamie Lee Curtis teased fans about just how freaky the trailer is:
I’ve seen a trailer and I’ve seen some footage, and it’s terrifying,
They went full-tilt boogeyman. And I’ve never said that in my life, and I will say full-tilt boogeyman for the rest of the year as I go around talking about this.
She also dropped a few intriguing hints about where this fresh narrative will take us :
And as soon as I read what David Green and Danny McBride had come up with … and the way that they connected the dots of the story, it made so much sense to me that it felt totally appropriate for me to return to Haddonfield, Ill., for another 40th-anniversary retelling,
There was the idea of, ‘What do you call it?’ If I had had my druthers, I probably would’ve called it Halloween Retold. Because it’s being retold. It’s the original story in many, many, many ways. Just retold 40 years later with my granddaughter.
— Goldtooth (@OGgoldtooth) April 19, 2018
— Michael Christie (@Mikeyvanb) April 19, 2018
You’d better rest up over summer because there might be some sleepless nights come autumn.
Halloween hits cinemas on 19 October, just in time for when he comes home…
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.