(Some spoilers for some very old horror movies with not particularly interesting stories to follow.)
The trailer for the new Halloween is here. And with it, another Halloween timeline.
So, for those who aren’t horror weirdos like me, a recap. There are 5 Halloween timelines that contain the events of different films.
- Halloween > 2 > 4 > 5 > 6
- Halloween > 2 > H20 > Resurrection
- Halloween 3 (unrelated film where Halloween is presented as fictional film in it’s universe)
- Halloween (2007) > Halloween 2 (2009)
And now finally:
- Halloween > Halloween (2018)
As an aside, remake/reboot titles have been annoying for a while but is this the first time a movie has had a sequel with the exact same title? Gross.
BUT, in all media, I also tend to view every sequel as opening up a different timeline. Halloween is a good illustration. At the end of the first Halloween Michael Myers is shot off a balcony, but when they go to check on his body it’s disappeared. The movie ends on an ominous note, implying the terror is still alive, out there somewhere, maybe even in your neighborhood etc. But at the start of Halloween 2 we see he’s actually just booked it to a couple houses down, where he finds a new butcher’s knife and continues his murder spree.
But I don’t carry the full weight of sequels when I watch the originals. To me, at the end of Halloween, he’s just vanished. At the end of Halloween 2 when he’s defeated again (this time his eyes are shot out and he’s exploded) that’s the end. At the end of Halloween 4, when he’s shot by dozens of men with rifles, knocked down a well, and then exploded again with a stick of dynamite that’s also the end.
Halloween 5 ends on a cliffhanger after a mysterious man in black breaks Michael Myers out of prison and kills all the guards, setting up Halloween 6, so that’s a little different. Side-note: this series is ridiculous.
I’m curious, when you go back and rewatch a film that’s part of a series, how much baggage of the series do you bring to it? Can you feel pure triumph at the end of Star Wars or does knowing how things will go on Hoth make it bittersweet? Does Aliens conclude with a makeshift family finally finding peace or is it ruined knowing that Hicks and Newt will soon be killed by a stowaway alien? Is the tantalizing ambiguity of Before Sunrise’s ending now destroyed by the existence of Before Sunset?