The continuity of a lot of long-running film franchises is all over the place, but the Halloween series is a particularly messy one.
There’s the first two, then a completely unrelated third one, then three more that continue the story of the first two, then a seventh that pretends parts three to six never happened, then an eighth that follows on from that one but changes the ending of it retroactively, then a remake of part one, then a sequel to that, and now there’s a rebooted sequel to the original part one.
It’s deeply, deeply confusing, and the main antagonist, Michael Myers, is not only completely missing from one film (part three), over the course of ten appearances he’s almost always been played by a different actor each time (up until now, only Tyler Mane and George Wilbur have played him twice, and Wilbur’s two appearances were two films apart). His abilities seem to change with each appearance, as does his, well, appearance.
The new film, if that previous paragraph left you cross-eyed and drooling, is a sequel to the original 1978 Halloween, and the actor who played “The Shape”, as he was credited in that film, is returning. Exciting! While in most scenes the masked Myers is played by stuntman James Jude Courtney, he’s briefly seen unmasked played by Nick Castle, who went on to write such films as Escape From New York and Hook.
This new trailer features a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance from Castle, forty years after he first played Myers, and looking, well, like he’s not had the best few decades.
Michael Myers, you ageing rotter! Leave Jamie Lee Curtis alone!
Nick Castle, also a veteran director responsible for films like Dennis The Menace and The Last Starfighter, seemed pretty delighted to be back in front of the camera after such a long hiatus, sharing all kinds of behind-the-scenes tidbits while making the film earlier this year.
Lovely stuff. That’s a low-ass chair, Nick!
Halloween is out on October 25th 2018.
(Image: Universal Pictures)