By now, most critics are raving about the 2018 sequel to Halloween.
While not a perfect movie and not immune to some negative feedback, it has killed box office records and proven to be the best-rated sequel in the franchise.
Functioning as a direct follow-up to the 1978 original that ignores multiple timelines and sequels in between, the movie sees an aged Michael Myers and Laurie Strode have been waiting for one another, resuming their gruesome battle after decades of preparation.
And given the movie has grossed so much money, it is almost inevitable that a sequel will be made. Director David Gordon Greene co-wrote the script with Danny McBride, and they revealed they’d been working on two movies originally but stopped before they could get ahead of themselves.
McBride said of the first movie: “This could come out and everyone could hate us, and we’d never work again.”
While their approach showed as much preparedness as the film’s heroine in her 40-year preparation period for Michael’s inevitable return, the resounding box office success means a sequel is all but guaranteed. They’ve even left a couple possible directions it could go – warning, spoilers (and possible spoilers) ahead.
In the film’s conclusion, we see Laurie Strode’s granddaughter, Allyson, clutching a knife in the back of a truck as three generations of Strode women are driven to safety. The unsettling scene of her refusing to let go of the weapon, coupled with the camera’s slow zoom in on the gleaming blade leads one to believe it could become a part of a sequel.
In Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, the story shows Laurie Strode has died in a car accident, leaving behind a daughter named Jamie. After being pursued by Michael and ultimately seeming to have some type of psychic connection with him, she ends up wearing the same costume Myers did the night he killed his sister, while ultimately killing her own step-sister with a pair of scissors.
This could simply be a nod to the alternate timeline (which the new Halloween ignores) or it could be a hint that the sequel will bring in a similar story.
But there’s also the fact that, if you watch the new version all the way until the end credits, you can hear Michael still breathing despite being seemingly trapped in a house to burn alive in the film’s conclusion. At the end of Halloween 2, Myers is seemingly burned alive, though his return in the fourth movie shows he survived.
A scrapped Halloween 3D movie would’ve featured Myers stalking Laure inside an insane asylum, while the second movie saw him pursue her in a hospital. This leaves room for speculation the sequel to the 2018 version may pick up on a similar story.
There are a couple different ways a sequel could go, but the direction is ultimately as mysterious as Myers himself – we’ll just have to wait and find out where the storied franchise goes next.