Fans of the Halloween franchise will no doubt remember that Halloween 2018 deleted the popular Halloween II (1981) from the series canon. With the series returning to the fan-favorite location, Halloween Kills looks to be both a walk down memory lane for fans, and uncharted territory for Myers and the residents of Haddonfield in Blumhouse’s new continuity.
Rick Rosenthal’s (Bad Boy’s, 1983) 1981 Halloween II, followed Michael Myers as he stalked Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the staff (and oddly no other patients) of Haddonfield Memorial just hours after being shot six-times by Doctor Loomis (Donald Pleasence). With the introduction of Laurie as Michael’s sister, Halloween II set the mythology that would remain a running theme in throughout most of Halloween franchise. Rosenthal’s sequel went on to become a favorite among series fans, with many still ranking it as the best Halloween sequel.
Unlike H20 (the first continuity reboot) which kept Halloween II as film canon, Halloween 2018 chose to ignore sequel and the sister plot introduced there. At the present time, it is unclear just how much of Halloween Kills will take place at the famous location, and how much it will feature the majority of the original film’s surviving characters in a return. These include Anthony Michael Hall as Tommy Doyle, Kyle Richards returning to play Lindsey Wallace, Nancy Stephens as Nurse Marion Chambers, and Robert Longstreet playing Lonnie Elam just to name a few. All these characters and locations look to make 2020’s return trip to Haddonfield a nostalgic love fest for this franchise and its fans.
Haddonfield Memorial was also teased at the beginning of Rob Zombie’s H2 (2009), during the intense cold open. Season three of Stranger Things also payed tribute to the famous location with Hawkins Memorial using the same letter found on Haddonfield Memorial. Some of the season’s action also took place in the oddly abandoned hospital.
Halloween Kills will once again be directed by David Gordon Green and is currently set to land in theaters October 16, 2020. Jaime Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi MatiChak, and James Jude Courtney all returning for the sequel.
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