Two more clips of the newest film in the Halloween franchise have been released ahead of its unveiling in cinemas across the country on Friday.

The clips are fairly short (via the first shows the franchise’s chief murderer and William Shatner enthusiast Michael Myers stalking a reporter in a dingy toilet, and the second details the original film’s protagonist Laurie Strode’s unraveling family life. All good stuff, truth be told, and I am actually starting to feel a beat of anticipation echo within my long-dead heart.

The latest film in the Halloween franchise is called Halloween, not to be confused with the original 1978 Halloween nor the 2007 remake Halloween. The series follows Michael Myers as he attempts to murder people for a variety of creepy or incredibly stupid motives, fully dependant on which film in the franchise you happen to be watching. This new film is the latest in Hollywood’s newest trend of making sequels to classic movies that choose to ignore all entries in a franchise which audiences didn’t like, with other examples being the upcoming Terminator film and the possible Aliens sequel. This is of course much the same as Joseph Stalin’s strategy of murdering his political opponents and then removing all traces of their existence from the public record, only with far less subtlety.

Still, if you have ever watched the back-catalog of the Halloween series, you may actually find yourself in favor of throwing directors and dissidents into the gulag; the franchise features all sorts of silly twists and turns, such as ancient cults and curses, Busta Rhymes beating up Michael Myers, and Laurie Strode actually being Michael’s long-lost sister. Undoing the latter is actually a big reason this franchise revival has so many big names attached, as series creator John Carpenter always hated that particular plot-point and no future sequels ever amended it. By wiping the slate clean, barring the original movie, this latest Halloween has gotten Carpenter back on board as executive producer and composer, which in turn has led to Jamie Lee Curtis returning to play Laurie Strode. Curtis’s return is not a guarantee of Halloween’s return to form (she was in the aforementioned Busta Rhymes film after all), but it is a good sign, and Carpenter’s score will no doubt be very eerie and memorable.

Overall, I am pretty excited to see the new movie. It’s been quite a while since the last Halloween, and, after years of ghost or exorcism based horror movies being pumped into cinemas, I think it will be nice and comfy to watch a murderer go to town on a bunch of irritating teenagers on the big screen. Check out the clips below if you want to see more.

Halloween is set to release on October 19.

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