For many masked murderers in movies, if their streak ends, their legacy still lives on. Usually, they have a secret protégé who puts on that mask, or a copycat will emerge. In the case of Michael Myers, this is the one killer that just won't die. He's been stabbed, shot, and lit on fire amongst other things. And yet he's back again on the hunt for Laurie Strode. Before you go to the theaters to see Myers in "Halloween Kills," here are the 9 things you need to know.
Direct Sequel to 2018's "Halloween"
The first thing you need to do before watching "Halloween Kills" is go back and at least watch the ending of the last "Halloween." This new nightmare starts right where we left off with Laurie, her daughter, and granddaughter in the back of a pickup truck heading to a hospital. Michael Myers has been sealed off underneath a burning house with no possible means of escape. Maybe. Want to guess what happens next? From the trailer for "Halloween Kills," one of the things we do know is that firefighters come to put out the fire. As you might expect, Michael singlehandedly takes out what appears to be the whole squad.
Produced by Original "Halloween" Director John Carpenter
Horror filmmaker icon John Carpenter is one of the producers on this film (and he updates the music score). He wrote and directed 1978's "Halloween" where Michael Myers was first brought to life. Carpenter's the one who created this world and the characters in it. Since he was there from the beginning and 2018's "Halloween" was a direct sequel to his original film, it's only right that he be there to see this thing through to the end.
Written by Danny McBride
"This Is the End" actor Danny McBride is actually one of the writers of "Halloween Kills" (as well as the last film, and the upcoming one). McBride wrote this film with Scotts Teems and director David Gordon Green. Green and McBride first worked together in 2003 on the indie "All the Real Girls." Following that, they worked together on comedies "Pineapple Express" and "Your Highness."
This Film Is Set in a Different Timeline
As we mentioned briefly, the order of these films goes from the 1978 film directly to the 2018 film and now to this one. So, the various other films in between don't exist in this timeline. In other words, pretend like those other films didn't happen. For example, in the film "Halloween H20," the former assistant to Dr. Sam Loomis, Marion Chambers, is murdered by Michael at the very beginning. Because that isn't in this timeline, it means that she's still alive. Marion Chambers makes an appearance in "Halloween Kills" so keep an eye out for the return of actress Nancy Stephens.
There's Going to Be Lots of Blood
This is the thing on our list that goes without saying. There will be blood. And lots of it. As these types of slasher movies have evolved, so have the prosthetics and special effects. Michael's go-to weapon is usually the biggest kitchen knife he can find. The bigger the knife he gets his hands on, the more blood will be spilled. But let's hope Michael's victims will get in some shots as well.
Anthony Michael Hall Joins the Cast
"Breakfast Club" star Anthony Michael Hall is the newest cast member in this franchise. But the character he plays is a name that you'll recognize. His character was actually in the original 1978 film. He's the boy Laurie Strode babysat named Tommy Doyle. Later, Paul Rudd portrayed this character outside of this timeline in "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers." Now, Tommy is all grown up and ready to show Laurie what he's made of by taking down Michael Myers.
Past Survivors Are Coming Back
It's been Laurie Strode and members of her family trying to fight off this tyrant. But now we're happy to announce that the Strode family will have backup. Those who've been lucky enough to face Michael Myers and live to tell the tale are coming out of the shadows to help kill him once and for all. These survivors include Tommy Doyle, Marion Chambers, Lindsey Wallace, and Lonnie Elam. They'll all be teaming up to try and end this nightmare.
It's the Town of Haddonfield vs. Michael Myers
The mob mentality that we've been wishing for is finally here. After years of letting some guy in a mask murder half the neighborhood, the neighborhood is fighting back. Not only does Laurie have some of her longtime friends back to help, but she has the support of everyone else in town, too. If Michael's killing spree is a straight shot from prison to his childhood home, then Laurie will need that help to take him out.
Watch Out for One Very Violent Scene
We're not sure when it'll happen or how crazy it'll be, but director David Gordon Green tweeted that it'll be very violent. His tweet reads, "This is the most violent scene I had directed since 'Pineapple Express,' but then 'Halloween Kills'..." If you remember some of the fights or shootouts from "Pineapple Express," then you know they were pretty violent. So, keep your eyes peeled for a scene in this film that is going to be more intense, and definitely bloodier, than anything the director's done before.
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.