Heads up, this blog will contain spoilers from the new Halloween 2018 movie.
Michael Myers is the type of iconic horror character that even those outside the genre’s fandom can identify.
With his 40th anniversary seeing him take to the big screen again, Michael’s ongoing battle with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) looked as intense and spine-tingling as ever. He’s a man who holds a grudge, and this remake showed she’d been waiting for him as well.
By all accounts, the film has murdered competition at the box office. Earning the highest opening day ever in the month of October, the film pulled in $33.3 million in its initial debut. It’s a classic example of a sequel done right – the original story is respected, there are tons of Easter eggs for fans of the series to find, and the gore is amped up just enough to match today’s standards without going so far it divided the audience. We’re looking at you, Rob Zombie.
That isn’t to say Michael isn’t portrayed as gristly or sadistic in this movie. He definitely is, evident by his killing of a young boy to steal the boy’s father’s vehicle. While we’ve seen him chase down kids in previous sequels, seeing him straight-up off one was a big shock even for diehard fans.
But there was another scene that caused audiences to freeze, hold their breath, and think – “is this really about to happen?” After Michael enters a house and kills the woman living there, he picks up the iconic knife that’s been his signature weapon for decades. But then we hear a baby crying, and Michael walks into the living room to see it laying in a crib.
He wouldn’t really do that, would he? Sure, he’s a deranged psychopath that seemingly feeds of vengeance and bloodlust, but would he really off a baby? Thankfully, Michael showed no interest in the task and proceeded to resume the hunt for Laurie and her relatives. And while director David Gordon Green said it was a consideration, he ultimately explained why Michael passed on the kill.
“And it was a last-minute idea — I mean, why is there a baby crib in the living room? It was gonna be her husband sleeping on the couch, but then he didn’t show up and we scrambled and put a baby crib in there. And then, yeah, I thought it was interesting to see one ethical choice that he made in the movie. So that’s the one ethical choice he makes.”
Even the embodiment of evil appears to have some degree of ethics, or maybe he was just focused on his main goal. Nonetheless, the film packed in enough scares and suspense to satisfy fans of the genre and loyalists of the Michael Myers mythos.
Funnily enough, Jamie Lee Curtis didn’t just reprise her role as Laurie – she voiced the baby crying as well. As a woman of many talents, the Halloween actress was able to shine in multiple aspects during this well-received sequel.