Halloween is approaching and it’s that time of year that horror junkies start popping in John Carpenter’s “Halloween” (1978) and some of it’s sequels. While some horror franchises have colourful continuations (say…”Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th”) none have the insane history of reboots or re-imaginings as “Halloween”. It’s easily a novella length task of compiling the franchise history of the series but recently I checked out the two separate reboots; the 20th anniversary “H20” and the 40th anniversary “Halloween” (both headlined by Jamie Lee Curtis) and wanted to put some thoughts down and compare the two.
Michael Myers is back! After all; it‘s the 40th anniversary of the most influential slasher film and there hasn‘t been a sequel since Rob Zombie‘s „Halloween II“ (2009) nine years ago. But the Michael Myers who‘s back may surprise those who have little to no knowledge of the franchise‘s complicated history of reboots, alternete universes and the like.