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Halloween: Michael Myers gets handsy with Laurie Strode in new clip

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Sep 28, 2018, 12:27 PM EDT (Updated)

Michael Myers's homecoming is inching ever closer, and to celebrate his return, Entertainment Weekly has released a new clip from the upcoming Halloween movie.

In it, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) battens down the hatches of her house as Michael stands outside over the body of a lifeless Ray (Toby Huss). Upon realizing that she's on her own, Laurie, shotgun in hand, urgers her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) to take shelter in the basement.

Laurie bolts and bars the door, leaning against it, waiting for Michael's arrival. What she doesn't count on is the glass pane that makes up the top of her door. This makes it easy for Myers to smash through and grab hold of her.

What really clinches the efficacy of the scene is the music, co-composed by John Carpenter himself. The eerie tones evoke the original feature, effectively transporting us back to 1978 and the beginning of the slasher genre.

Watch the clip below:

The idea of a remorseless male forcefully grabbing a woman without her permission is certainly timely in 2018. Indeed, Jamie Lee Curtis recently compared the movie to the "Me Too" movement, in that it's about a woman, Strode, dealing with the emotional trauma caused by a man, Myers, all those years ago.

While the '78 John Carpenter classic rocketed Curtis into stardom, she almost became associated with another iconic horror film, 1973's The Exorcist.

“When I was 13 years old, [a producer] called my mother [Psycho actress Janet Leigh] and said, ‘Will you let Jamie audition for a movie?'” Curtis told EW. “My mother said, ‘No.’ The movie was The Exorcist.”

The famous role of Regan MacNeil, the young girl who becomes possessed by a crass, violent, and pea-soup-puking demon, eventually went to Linda Blair.

Halloween arrives in theaters Oct. 19.

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