Those of us who weren’t at CinemaCon didn’t actually *see* anything in regards to David Gordon Green’s Halloween this week, but we did learn a handful of things about this October’s sequel to the original classic. The first footage from the film was shown off at the event, which is allegedly going to be coming online within the next couple months.
So what did we learn? Things Jamie Lee Curtis said at CinemaCon, along with descriptions of the footage that flooded social media, have revealed to us the basic plot details. As we already knew, the new movie takes place 40 years after the events of the original, with all sequels retconned out of existence. Michael Myers has been locked up in an asylum for the past 40 years, and he again escapes in Gordon Green’s film. Only this time, Laurie isn’t a helpless victim for him to torment. This time, Laurie is *ready.*
As Eric Vespe wrote in his recap of the footage for Rooster Teeth, “Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode is no damsel in distress here. In fact I don’t think there was one shot of her being afraid. Quite the opposite. She’s not only prepared for this moment (having rigged her house with various safe rooms, weapons and hidden compartments), she’s been hoping for it. At one point she even says that she prays [Michael] gets out someday so she can kill him. Laurie is hunting him just as much as he’s hunting his victims.”
One person who is very much not ready for the arrival of Michael Myers is Allyson Strode, Laurie’s granddaughter. And… hey wait a second… this all sounds *really* familiar.
The young woman in danger. The grizzled vet who’s hunting Michael. Is the new Halloween a new take on the original, with Allyson as Laurie and Laurie as Loomis?
Earlier this month, Jamie Lee Curtis spoke a bit about Halloween, noting that she had seen a trailer and it was “terrifying.” That was the obvious headline of that particular story, but Curtis also said something else in the interview…
“If I had had my druthers, I probably would’ve called it Halloween Retold. Because it’s being retold,” Curtis explained to Yahoo. “It’s the original story in many, many, many ways. Just retold 40 years later with my granddaughter.”
That wasn’t the first time Curtis had referred to David Gordon Green’s Halloween as something of a retelling of John Carpenter’s, so we kind of figured that Laurie’s granddaughter would essentially be playing the role of a new Laurie. But it wasn’t until CinemaCon earlier this week that it became pretty clear what Laurie’s role in all of this is.
At CinemaCon, Jamie Lee Curtis described the film as “old school meets new school with Laurie at the center of it… who has turned into a warrior.”
She added that Laurie is “determined to keep Michael locked up forever.”
Add to all of this that we know Laurie wields a .357 magnum in the new film, the same type of gun Dr. Loomis used throughout the original franchise, and it doesn’t require a rocket scientist to ascertain that Gordon Green’s Halloween is indeed a “retelling” of the original movie, only 40 years later and with some roles cleverly reversed.
Laurie Strode has become Dr. Loomis, so to speak. And 40 years after Michael Myers killed her friends and altered the course of her life, she’s fighting back to save a young girl who’s being pursued by Michael Myers on a Halloween night in Haddonfield.
It all just seems so right, doesn’t it?