20 Ways The 'Halloween' Franchise Has Evolved: Then vs. Now

The series that pretty much invented the slasher genre.
20 Ways The 'Halloween' Franchise Has Evolved: Then vs. Now

It’s 2036. Although Jamie Lee Curtis said she was done with the Halloween movies after 2030’s artsy pseudo-reboot, All Hallows Even, we now know she is returning to an ultra-splattery sequel trying to revive the franchise called Halloween Legacy. According to the trailer posted on Dystopia (Bezos, Musk, and Zuckerberg’s newly created social platform), it features Laurie Strode in a retirement home being helped by Paul Rudd in his return to the series after having passed on 2021’s Halloween Kills. Jamie Lee Curtis says now she is really done with the franchise.

But we’ve been here before. Some of you might recall back when 2022’s Halloween Ends was supposed to be the moment Halloween, erm, ended. Oh, you sweet, sweet souls. We actually remember when H20, the third part of the Halloween-Halloween II trilogy, ended with Laurie cutting Michael Myers’ head. It was beautiful, liberating, truly a fitting finale for the whole thing. And then Busta Rhymes busted rhymes. History repeats itself, time is a flat circle. Anyway, here are 20 facts about the Halloween franchise, at least until 2022’s Halloween Ends – which means that no, we’re not considering the 2027 crossover Halloween v. Midsommar: Druid Ritual, that movie was off-continuity anyway.

Michael Myers' Backstory

Halloween Then vs. Now Michael Myers' backstory 1981's Halloween II made Myers Laurie's brother, and the family obsession continued from Return to Curse. The latter's backstory went full druid-curse, but this was already hinted at in the original's 1979 novelization. Rob Zombie focused on Myers' history of abuse and murderous tendencies. In the new ones, the family link is gone, but the supernatural element seems to be returning. CRACKED.COM


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