What’s Next for HALLOWEEN?

We can reasonably expect next year’s HALLOWEEN ENDS to put the definitive period to the current storyline of Michael vs. Laurie, which, as we found out in HALLOWEEN KILLS, isn’t really Michael vs. Laurie at all, but Michael vs. whoever is unfortunate enough to be in front of him and capture his fancy. But we can be pretty sure that Laurie is going to make it hella personal now even if Michael doesn’t, considering how the latest film ends. But what will come next for the franchise after the concluding chapter in the trilogy? We have moved past the point where anyone is realistically suggesting that we won’t see the Shape again. Michael Myers has moved beyond that. He has taken his place alongside the classic creatures like Dracula and Frankenstein as an authentic icon. He has become immortal.

So what’s next? The author of this think-piece wants to see the franchise become an anthology again, the way it was meant to be after HALLOWEEN III: THE SEASON OF THE WITCH came out. As that movie’s box office conclusively proved, though, the fans won’t go see a HALLOWEEN movie without the Shape. The author suggests, then, having Michael appear in those movies in cameos, as a background character. To quote: “To me, a Trick ‘r Treat styled anthology flick with interconnected segments taking place in Haddonfield on Halloween Night seems like the most entertaining route that a future installment could take. Michael Myers wouldn’t even have to be completely removed from the picture, as the producers could have one of the stories still focus on the iconic killer or the aftermath of his murderous rampage.” Yeah, that might work. I have my own theory, though.

There was a plan (and possibly even a script) back in the 80s for a proposed HALLOWEEN 4 that ended up never getting made. John Carpenter is said to have loved the idea concocted by writer Dennis Etchison, in which the collective fears of the people of Haddonfield ended up bringing Michael back as an out-and-out supernatural force, a phantasmic entity more akin to Freddy from the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies. Considering how HALLOWEEN KILLS erased the question mark concerning Michael’s supernatural nature—he really is the Boogeyman—might this be the direction in which the franchise is headed? Might Laurie get her proper swan song and manage to destroy the Shape in HALLOWEEN ENDS, only to have the transcendent Boogeyman come back in spectral form? The idea was, back in the 80s, dismissed by the producers as “too cerebral”. But this is a new day, John Carpenter is back, if not in the driver’s seat, at least riding shotgun, and such a move would be the natural evolution of the current storyline. I’d rather see that than another reboot, and if it didn’t work, they could always reboot it later. I’m thinking it would work, though. Whatta you all think?

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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