David Gordon Green’s Halloween saw Laurie Strode dealing with the trauma from that Halloween night back in 1978, to the point where she ended up mirroring some of Michael Myers’ actions from the original film. After various timelines and a couple of remakes, the Halloween franchise was given one more retcon in 2018 with a film that serves as a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 film.
Simply titled Halloween, the film takes place 40 years after the original and follows Laurie Strode as she prepares to face Michael Myers again after he escapes from prison and returns to Haddonfield. Halloween also introduced Laurie’s daughter, Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), who have a complicated relationship with Laurie as she has spent years waiting for Michael’s return. The film was very well received and became the highest-grossing entry in the franchise, making way for two sequels: Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, expected to release in October 2020 and October 2021, respectively.
Of course, Michael is no easy adversary, and Laurie was still caught off guard at some points – and funny enough, she ended up doing a lot of things that Michael did in the original film.
In Halloween 2018, Laurie mirrors a lot of the actions from Michael in the original film, specifically from when he attacks her at the Doyle house. In Carpenter’s film, Michael finds Laurie hiding in a closet (where she stabs him on the eye with a clothes hanger), and in the new film, she believes he’s hiding in a closet, but he isn’t. Back to the original film, Michael lurks in the shadows before attacking his victims, which he also did with Laurie. However, in the 2018 film, Laurie appears from the shadows behind Michael, ready to trap him inside the basement safe room.
In the 1978 film, Michael is shot multiple times by Dr. Loomis and falls off a balcony, but when Loomis takes a look, he’s gone. In Halloween 2018, Michael stabs Laurie in the stomach and pushes her over a balcony – and when he checks her body, she’s no longer there (this scene is also reminiscent of her death in Halloween: Resurrection, where she was stabbed in the back by Michael and fell off the roof of the hospital). Earlier in the 2018 film, there’s also a scene that mirrors one of the original film’s most iconic moments: instead of Michael standing outside the school looking from across the street, it’s now Laurie doing that, as she’s checking up on her granddaughter. Halloween 2018 is a good balance between a sequel and a homage to the original, the latter done subtly but effectively, and all these details are proof of that.
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