Second only to GODZILLA VS. KONG, and this not by much, HALLOWEEN KILLS is the movie I’m most excited about seeing this year. (The new GHOSTBUSTERS is a very close third on that list.) I caught the trailer this past Friday when I went to see THE FOREVER PURGE and it left me practically giddy. (I’m one of those types who prefer to view trailers as they were intended, in theaters and not on the Internet.) Damn, it looks good. If the film lives up to the potential revealed in the trailer (and the precedent set by the first of the new trilogy) it’ll be ridiculously good.
This editorial from over at Bloody Disgusting does a good job playing compare and contrast with the forthcoming film and the original HALLOWEEN II, and the new movie’s seeming embrace of Celtic/pagan Myth. I hope the embracing isn’t merely illusory. Michael Myers doesn’t work if you take away the supernatural aspect. He stops being the Boogeyman and becomes just a crazy dude with a knife. That’s the primary reason why Rob Zombie’s remake failed. (His sequel to the remake failed because it sucked.) If the killer that cannot die in fact *can* die, then the story loses its potency. “Michael Myers is flesh and blood,” Laurie says in the trailer for HALLOWEEN KILLS. “But a man couldn’t have survived that fire. The more he kills, the more he transcends.” And that, in a nutshell, is the secret formula for the HALLOWEEN franchise.