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John Carpenter: HALLOWEEN Sequel Set To Ignore Earlier Sequels

John Carpenter: HALLOWEEN Sequel Set To Ignore Earlier Sequels

Fans of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, Jamie Lee Curtis rejoiced to find out that director John Carpenter will be executive producing a new Halloween film, the first that is not a remake in nearly 10 years.

But, for those who are students of the films, the question immediately was how they would deal with a certain scene at the beginning of Halloween: Resurrection that made it seemingly…difficult for Curtis to reprise her role? It wouldn’t be the first time, of course, that a character from the series is left for dead only to come back. Michael Myers himself was supposedly decapitated at the end of H:20 only to find his way back to Haddonfield…

So what would it be? Could it be cranial reconstruction modules like in a certain recent spy movie sequel? John Carpenter himself has provided the answer: the sequels after the original would he simply ignored. Speaking to Stereogum the legendary horror director, who is now a composer as well, said: “It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the other [sequels] were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed.”

This of course raises more questions than it answers. Does he really mean all sequels? The first sequel took place immediately after the events of the first movie, so it would seem odd and even unnecessary to ignore it. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be the first time that the series ignores sequels. Again, H:20 essentially ignored the existence of Halloween 4 through 6, and Halloween III: Season of the Witch has always been outside the canon.

Little else is known about the upcoming film except that Universal has a working script and it is slated for a quick 2018 release. And we can’t wait!

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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