Halloween Kills: Michael Myers’ Return Is Already Avoiding Past Movie Mistakes

Halloween Kills will see Michael Myers escaping from the fire that was supposed to kill him at the end of Halloween, and through this, the sequel will be avoiding past movie mistakes. Back in 1978, John Carpenter changed the horror genre with Halloween, which even though wasn’t well-received upon its initial release, time has been good to it and is now considered among the best horror movies ever. In addition to that, Halloween is credited as one of the most influential horror movies and one that helped develop and popularize the slasher genre in the 1980s.

Halloween follows the story of Michael Myers, who was sent to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium after killing his older sister when he was six-years-old. Fifteen years later, Michael escaped and returned to his hometown Haddonfield, Illinois, where he began to stalk Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends on Halloween night, with Laurie being the only survivor. Halloween made way for a franchise with a total of 13 movies, including Rob Zombie’s remakes and two sequels to the 2018 reboot. The Halloween franchise has also gone through a couple of retcons through the years, and the upcoming movie Halloween Kills will avoid a big mistake from the previous movies and improve the franchise in the process.

Halloween II made the big reveal that Laurie was Michael’s younger sister, thus why he went after her, and this link between them was kept in the first retcon with Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Zombie’s movies. The previous Halloween movies also had a tendency to kill and resurrect Michael over and over again, to the point where his comebacks turned out to be unbelievable and proof of lazy writing from the creative team behind the movies. Michael survived being shot and falling off a balcony, being set on fire which then left him in a coma (and he fell back into it later on, just like that), and decapitation, this last one achieved thanks to Michael exchanging places with a paramedic. In all these cases, Michael returned to either continue his mission of killing his sister, his niece Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), or her son, but the reboot timeline is already avoiding all these mistakes.

The first movie, simply titled Halloween and released in 2018, ignores all movies that came after the original one, meaning that in this current timeline, Jamie and Michael are not related, and his motivations to kill remain unknown. Just like in the first movie, Michael escaped and returned to Haddonfield, where he started killing again but without having Laurie as his main target – that is, until she crossed his path as she wanted to kill him. By the end of the movie, he was trapped in the basement of Laurie’s home and set on fire, but he found a way out moments later, as seen in the trailer and official images. As a result, Michael will now have an actual reason to go after Laurie and will now be driven by revenge towards her and her family, instead of just going after the town of Haddonfield.

As it’s currently unknown how he escaped the basement trap and the fire, it’s to be seen if the problem of Michael seeming to be immortal will be fixed or not, but at least Halloween Kills will give him a much better and understandable reason to go after Laurie, Karen, and Allyson, as they came really close to finally killing him. Although the current Halloween timeline is in no way obligated to fix the mistakes of the rest of the franchise, so far it has been taking it on a much better road and avoiding all those things that made the quality of the previous movies go down.

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