“On Halloween 1963, in Haddonfield, Illinois, six-year-old Michael Myers murdered his own sister in cold blood, but it was 15 years later, on Halloween 1978, that the legend The Myers Murders was born.”
If this sounds like something straight out of a true crime documentary, it is. Kind of.
The latest trailer for the final showdown between Laurie Strode and the masked murderer in next month’s Halloween legit could have been ripped right out of America’s Most Wanted. The black and white picture and background static give it an eerie atmospheric effect that ties the ghosts of 40 years ago to the present, and make Myers look even more like the boogeyman he already is.
That mug shot of killer kid Michael with his face blurred is going to creep you out. You don’t normally expect a homicidal maniac to stand 3’6” and be wearing a clown suit.
Just in case that wasn’t enough nightmare fuel, there is more disturbing evidence here. Damning frames flash on the screen. Think newspapers plastered with headlines about a first-grader doing the unthinkable, as well as all the crime scene photos of the murder weapon he first pulled from his own kitchen drawer and Polaroids of the victims of his 1978 murder spree that only make this trailer more chilling. Babysitters everywhere will want to seek refuge in a closet on Halloween night.
Channeling serial killer documentaries fits right in with the actual movie, in which a British film crew interviews Laurie Strode for a doc worthy of the evening news. You might not have believed a teenage babysitter, but when a grown woman says she knows the real boogeyman, the police better listen. Then Michael Myers breaks out of prison. He grabs his mask, snatches his knife, and heads out to hunt Laurie for the ultimate revenge.
Even this hell-bent mission isn’t going to stop him from adding to his body count along the way.