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The ‘Halloween’ Sequel Is Officially Happening. Will It Be Any Good?

The sequels to the original 'Halloween' nearly destroyed the franchise. Will next year's sequel to the reboot do the same?

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Halloween, released in 1978, might just be the perfect horror movie. Unfortunately, it was followed by a string of lackluster sequels, which ranged in quality from merely forgettable to the utterly abysmal. Last year’s reboot — which was pretty good! —  was also a commercial success. It made $255 million at the box office on just a $10 million production budget, a pretty damn good return on investment.

With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that a sequel is in the works. It’s scheduled to start shooting after Labor Day, according to Collider. Jamie Lee Curtis will return as Laurie Strode, and Judy Greer and Andi Matichak are also expected to reprise their roles as well.

Much of the behind-the-scenes creative team from last year’s film is also returning, including director and co-writer David Gordon Green, co-writer Danny McBride, and a producing group that includes Jason Blum and John Carpenter, director of the original film.

Still, it’s not hard to think that the scariest thing about the prospect of a Halloween 2 won’t be the film itself but the fear that history might repeat itself, that this sequel will detract from the reputation and enjoyment of the original, that it will open the door for a half-dozen more wastes of time that ride the coattails of the first while adding nothing to the horror canon.

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Then there are the narrative concerns. The last film ends with Michael Myers trapped in a burning house and no indication that any kind of escape is possible. It’s quite the hole for the writers to dig for themselves, and how cleverly they’re able to hoist themselves out of it in the sequel will be a strong indication of how satisfying that movie will be.

All we can do now is wait until October 16, 2020, when Halloween 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) hits theaters and, hopefully, doesn’t waste our collective time.