In one of the many nods to previous films in the franchise, the David Gordon Green-directed Halloween includes an homage to Halloween II (1981). Ahead of this week’s hotly anticipated release, Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive clip that takes place earlier in the film, after Michael Myers escapes. Having returned to Haddonfield on Halloween night, Michael walks his way through a town filled with trick or treaters and enters a house, one that hearkens back to Halloween II.
As John Squires previously explained:
In one of the first scenes in Halloween II, Michael Myers arrives at the home of Norma and Howard Elrod, stealing their kitchen knife so he can resume his murder spree. Norma is seen making a sandwich for Howard, who has fallen asleep while watching Night of the Living Dead. Michael doesn’t kill either of them, but he spooks Norma by leaving blood on her cutting board.
As seen in today’s exclusive clip:
Michael’s return to Haddonfield in Halloween 2018 plays out much the same way it did in Halloween II, with Michael stealing a kitchen knife from the home of an older woman. And wouldn’t ya know it, the character (credited on IMDb as “Sandwich Woman”) is dressed exactly like Norma Elrod, with a pink robe and rollers in her hair. The layout of her home is almost even exactly the same, taking the homage one step further.
In the new film:
“Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”
Judy Greer plays Karen Strode, Laurie’s daughter, while Andi Matichak landed the coveted role of the film’s young lead (daughter to Greer and granddaughter to Curtis).
Nick Castle will return to the role of Michael Myers, while stunt performer and actor James Jude Courtney has also been cast to play Myers.
The cast also includes Virginia “Ginny” Gardner (Project Almanac, Marvel’s “Runaways”), Miles Robbins (Mozart in the Jungle, My Friend Dahmer), Dylan Arnold (Mudbound, Laggies, When We Rise), and Drew Scheid (“Stranger Things”, The War with Grandpa). They will be playing the friends of Matichak’s Allyson.
Joe Lipset attended the World Premiere and wrote in his review that “Halloween delivers a satisfying Laurie vs Michael showdown 40 years in the making!”