We're just days away from the release of Halloween, but Michael Myers' killing spree has already begun in this new clip. Bloody Disgusting dropped a chilling new sequence from the film on their YouTube channel Monday, and it's both a brutal piece of footage by itself and a welcome homage to the original sequel to John Carpenter and Debra Hill's classic, 1981's Halloween II.
In the clip, which we've seen glimpses of in the trailers already, Michael Myers (Nick Castle, reprising his role as The Shape) is stalking the streets of Haddonfield while trick-or-treaters sprint up and down the sidewalks. After bumping into a couple of the kids (an homage to a scene in the first film), he walks up a driveway and into a shed, where he retrieves a hammer. Then, with that emotionless drive we all known and love, he walks into the house next to the shed, hammer in hand, and finds a woman making a sandwich...with a very large knife. Check it out:
Co-writers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride have ignored all previous Halloween sequels in crafting their new story, set 40 years after the original, but they've promised there will be little echoes of and homages to each previous film along the way. In this clip we see one such homage to Halloween II.
The scene heavily mirrors a moment early in that film when Michael stalked into a couple's house to retrieve a similar knife so he could begin hunting Laurie Strode again. That time he didn't kill anyone, but the woman who took the full force of that hammer is dressed very similarly to the Halloween II character who owned the knife in that film. Plus, the blood-free nature of the sequence calls to mind Carpenter's original visual style from the first film, in which much of the violence is suggested rather than depicted in outright gore.
Halloween arrives in theaters Friday. Are you ready?