Three months ago, we got the first very encouraging trailer for Halloween, the reboot/sequel from writer/director David Gordon Green and writer Danny McBride that provides a terrifying new vision of what happened after The Night He Came Home. Now, with just six weeks to go until the film finally arrives, a new trailer is here to bring us more of this new vision of terror.
We already know from the previous footage that Michael Myers (Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney) has spent time locked up in an asylum/prison since that fateful night in Haddonfield in 1978, and while he's been biding his time, his surviving victim Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has been preparing. She went on to have a daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak) in the ensuing decades, but Michael's attack forever altered the course of her life, and she's lived her entire adulthood convinced that one day he would come for her to finish the job. Now that day is here, and Laurie is ready, but can she possibly be prepared enough to survive?
The new trailer strikes a very strong balance between reminding us of the Halloween legend and blazing its own path. It begins with a truly terrifying tracking shot of Michael wandering through his old haunts, grabbing weapons as he pleases and ultimately ending up with his preferred killing tool. Then John Carpenter's legendary minimalistic score kicks in, and we're reminded of the murderous past, complete with Judith Myers' tombstone. After that, present-day threats hit hard, as Laurie's own obsession with Michael comes to the forefront. Even as she's certain what Michael is and what he's about to do, everyone around her thinks she's crazy, but Laurie assures them and all of us: "Evil is real." Check out the terrifying new footage.
Curtis also released a new poster for the film to her Twitter account Tuesday in anticipation of the trailer.
The more we see of this film, the more it becomes apparent just how much Green and McBride are taking advantage of a world that allows them to ignore all of the previous, convoluted sequels in the franchise and instead tell a story of how a Boogeyman can haunt you long after he's been locked away, how trauma creates ripple effects in our lives, and how we can fight back and reclaim our own narrative. In recentering the Halloween franchise on Michael's original murderous drive and Laurie's endless resourcefulness, they've given us our best possible chance at a new classic in the series.
Halloween hits theaters October 19.