‘Halloween’: The Franchise That Won’t Die

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to theaters this weekend in another “Halloween” movie, her fifth and the franchise’s 11th. Billed as a direct sequel to the 1978 original, the new David Gordon Green-directed effort is presented as if films 2 through 10 never happened. Curtis’ Laurie Strode is now a grandmother having to fend off Michael Myers yet again.

Director Rob Zombie similarly paid no attention to the sequels that came before his 2007 “Halloween” reboot and its 2009 sequel. John Carpenter, who co-wrote the first two films and directed the original, advised him to disregard the previous seven sequels and “make the film his own.” One way he wanted to set his remakes apart was through the depiction of young Michael Myers’ slayage.

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