40 Years Later: The Return of Michael Myers

Halloween first hit theaters in October of 1978. Since then, Michael Myers has been considered one of the great horror movie villains of the classics, taking his place among and even inspiring the likes of Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger.


Now, 40 years later, we have something that we have all been waiting for; a direct sequel to the original Halloween movie. At this point, we have only seen a few pictures and haven’t even been graced with a trailer but we do know that Michael Myers and Laurie Strode are back to give us another couple of hours of pure, slasher horror.


Who Is Michael Myers?

It may seem that Michael Myers is the masked man that needs no introduction but it has been 9 years since the last installment of the Halloween series, let’s go over a quick refresher of who he is and what he did.


When the original Halloween movie starts, we are introduced to Michael Myers not in his gigantic, imposing form but in the form of a child. Not to be mistaken as innocent, it isn’t far into the movie’s runtime that we see little Michael murder his older sister. Quickly after the event, he is admitted to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium where he stays until he escapes as an adult 15 years later.


In the original movie, upon escaping, Michael Myers – referred to in the credits of the first two movies simply as “The Shape” – stalks a teenage babysitter Laurie Strode. He begins to terrorize her, killing all her friends and attempting to kill her only to be stopped by his psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, who shoots him multiple times in the chest. After this, Michael Myers disappears, not to be seen again until the next movie.


Since the first movie, the character Michael Myers has appeared in all the following films. He has also appeared in other media such as novels and comics.


  • Halloween II (1981)
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
  • Halloween: Resurrection
  • Halloween (2007 reboot)
  • Halloween II (2009 reboot)


There was a third Halloween movie released in 1982 by the name of Halloween III: Season of the Witch. However, none of the original characters from the series – including Myers – appear in this sequel.


What About Halloween 4?


If you are a die-hard fan of the Halloween series, you might see a problem with Laurie Strode gracing the promotional material for the 2018 film.


Namely, because in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, it is explained in the beginning of the movie that Laurie Strode has died and the movie continues with the role of protagonist that Laurie previously filled being occupied by her daughter / Myer’s niece, Jamie Lloyd.


Before you panic, though, this has been explained. The director of the 2018 film – David Gordon Green – has stated that this movie is meant to be a direct sequel to the original film. So, the events in the subsequent films – such as the death of Laurie Strode – hasn’t occurred.


This isn’t the first film in the series to write off Lloyd, though. In the sequel Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later, the role of Laurie Strode was taken up again. For this film, the screenplay writers, Robert Zapia and Matt Greenberg, created an alternate timeline in which the 3 previous films didn’t occur. This decision effectively erased the death of Laurie Strode’s character and allowed the series to continue with her intact. This new film seems to be following the same trend.


Is This A Remake?


Horror purists can rejoice because this is, as stated, a direct sequel not a remake. Unlike Rob Zombie’s recent films which rebooted the series, this film is a direct sequel.


Not only that, though, but this film promises to stay about as true to the original as possible. This includes keeping original actress Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and original actor Nick Castle as Michael Myers for some scenes. For the majority of the film, though, Michael Myers will be played by James Jude Courtney. The film’s executive producer is even the creator of Myer’s himself, John Carpenter.


For fans with a real eye for detail, though, this new film will even be using Myer’s original mask from the first film throughout the movie.


We may still have months to wait but the new movie holds promise to revive the original series in a way none of us expected.

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