The first full-length trailer for the upcoming Halloween sequel featured some exposition and a lot of Michael Myers reclaiming his iconic mask. This time, you get a mini-movie: A full minute straight of almost wordless tracking as the camera watches Michael stalk, confront, and murder a woman. Good times!
It’s an interesting choice to feature a tightly edited snippet of the seemingly unstoppable villain of this franchise walking through Haddonfield (maybe it’s some other town, but we doubt it) on Halloween night, eventually picking up a hammer, and presumably putting it through the head of a random older woman. It doesn’t exactly induce fear, but it certainly offers a clear look at what might be the tone of the film—a sense of steady, implacable violence, executed without passion or explanation. That does capture a certain degree of the character’s enduring fascination, though it doesn’t exactly suggest jump-scare frights—which might be exactly the kind of predictable stuff director David Gordon Green is trying to avoid.
From there, the trailer pivots to the key line also uttered in the first one by Jamie Lee Curtis’ tough-as-leather Laurie Strode: “I have prayed every night that he would escape.” “What the hell did you do that for?” asks the newest officer of the law to confront the murderous man. “So I can kill him,” she says bluntly. It’s probably not what law enforcement likes to hear, but it’s a great hook for the movie, which sees the former teenage survivor of Michael Myers’ killing spree set out to finish the job Donald Pleasance started back in 1978. (Honestly, they kind of dropped the ball by not calling this one Halloween: H40, given that it’s a similar concept to Halloween: H20, which also saw Laurie again confront her tormentor many years later and try to put him six feet under.) Still, we’re excited to see if the journeyman director (with some help from his screenplay co-written by Danny McBride) can resurrect the menace and magic of the Halloween films. We’ll know for sure when Halloween (same title as the original, so we have to assume the Angry Video Game Nerd will boycott it, since that’s the reason he gave for not reviewing the new Ghostbusters, right?) comes out October 19.