Many fascinating details have come forward since the announcement of David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween sequels. Picking up in the same continuity as the 2018 film, both Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends will not only feature the return of some of the series’ most memorable characters, but might also boast an interesting reference to the second installment. It’s possible that all three of Green’s films may take place on the same night.
David Gordon Green’s 2018 Halloween sequel was a flawed but worthy successor to John Carpenter’s seminal classic. While it was initially billed as the final confrontation between Strode and Myers, the film nonetheless ended on an ambiguous note, all but assuring further sequels. The film ends with Michael trapped inside Laurie’s burning house, while Laurie, her daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson have hitched a ride in the back of a pickup truck and are off to seek help.
Which brings us to why Green’s sequels, or at least Halloween Kills, may take place on the same night as last year’s movie. It has been revealed that the film will at least in part be set at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital.
Haddonfield Memorial Hospital was the setting for the original 1981 sequel. Halloween II is noteworthy for several reasons. Not only was it the most acclaimed sequel in the series for some time, but it also made the risky but worthwhile decision to pick up not three years after the original, but mere moments later. This made Halloween II less of a sequel and more of an extension on the original, acting as a prolonged third act. For this, Halloween II remains a fan favorite.
Like Halloween Kills, Halloween II took place in Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, which made perfect sense. An injured Laurie is taken there for treatment after her harrowing ordeal, and Michael goes there to finish the job. The last we see of Laurie in the latest film, she’s also injured, so its perfectly reasonable to assume she, Karen and Allyson will be going to that same hospital to seek help. It doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch to assume Michael might be hot on their tails after the events of the last movie. Though it ignored the sequels, the 2018 film still payed respectful homage to the various stories that came before. If Green and McBride were to pay homage to Halloween II in this way, it would be an interesting choice.
It would also much of the other news coming out of the sequels that much more interesting. Obviously Karen and Alyson are going to be making a comeback having survived the ordeal with their grandmother. Another treat has been the news that Jibrail Nantambu, who played the lovable young Julian in the 2018 film, will also be returning. Given the events of the last film, it would make sense for the others to meet Julian while he too was taken to the hospital. But that’s not all. In addition to bringing back numerous characters from the 2018 film, Halloween Kills will also be bringing back some of the most memorable cast members of the 1978 original.
The first characters to return are Tommy Doyle and Lindsay Wallace, the two children Laurie babysat in the original Halloween. Doyle has been a series regular, appearing in both the original and its sequel, as well as Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, where he was portrayed by a young Paul Rudd. Apparently Rudd was approached to appear in the film, but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with the upcoming Ghostbusters film. Instead, 80s teen superstar Anthony Michael Hall, known for such films as The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, has taken up the role.
Three additional characters are not only returning, but are also being played by their original cast members from the 1978 film. Nancy Stephens for instance will be returning as the chain smoking Nurse Chambers, who appeared in the original Halloween, it’s 1981 follow up, and eventually met a grisly fate in Halloween H20.
Lindsay Wallace, the second of the two children Laurie babysat in the 1978 original, will also be returning. In the original 1978 film, Lindsay was played by Kyle Richards, who would later go on to make a name for herself in reality TV. Richards will be reprising her role as Lindsay for Halloween Kills, the character’s first appearance since a brief cameo in 1988’s Halloween 4.
But perhaps the most interesting cast member to return Charles Cyphers, who will be returning as Leigh Brackett. In the originl Halloween, Brackett was the town sheriff who accompanied Dr. Loomis on his search for the escaped Michael Myers. His daughter Annie was Laurie’s closest friend. In the original film, Annie is murdered by Michael, something Brackett doesn’t find out until the first sequel. In a disappointing turn of events, Brackett drops out of the movie after learning of his daughter’s death, and hasn’t been seen in the series since. Until recently that is, when Cyphers shared the above photograph of himself back in character for the first time since 1981.
Out of all the characters from the original, Brackett is perhaps the one who suffered most apart from Laurie herself. The death of his daughter would no doubt weigh heavily on him, and sadly went unexplored in the numerous sequels that followed. Seeing how Brackett has held up, or perhaps fallen apart over the years would be a no doubt interesting thing to see. From the looks of his costume, Brackett appears to have retired as a police officer and is now working as a security guard, perhaps at the very hospital where Laurie is going to have her injuries treated. It would be an appropriate way for these characters to be reunited.
Those working on the film have said this next installment will explore how this entire group of people was impacted by the events of the 1978 film, so it makes sense that Brackett, Tommy and Lindsay would return to the big screen. For it all to take place on the same night as last year’s film would only make it more interesting. If for instance, after hearing of Michael’s rampage, the other survivors go to check on Laurie, only to find themselves in the Shape’s crosshairs, would be a fascinating scenario and a perfect way to continue the timeline Green and McBride have created.
There’s also the exciting possibility that not only could Halloween Kills occur on the same night as the 2018 film, but Halloween Ends may also. It wouldn’t be an unheard of move in the realm of horror sequels. Friday the 13th Parts 2, 3 and 4 all take place inside of a week, and the Evil Dead takes place over the course of three days. Originally, Green and McBride had planned to shoot two films back to back for Halloween 2018, which no doubt were also intended to take place on the same night. After the success of the 2018 film, Green and McBride appear to be going ahead with their original plan to wrap up their Laurie vs. Michael fight in an epic way.
As a Halloween fan, the 2018 film was a rewarding experience, and while it would have been nice to see them bring the series to a close with that movie, it’s safe to say we’re in good hands for the next two. Green and McBride have said they want to bring this iteration of Laurie and Michael to a definitive and satisfying end with these next two movies. What better way to do it with an epic trilogy set on a single blood soaked night? I hope that’s the case, because Michael meeting his end on his 40th anniversary seems a bit stronger than it happening on his 43rd.
[Sources: Bloody Disgusting, ]
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