Jamie Lee Curtis and Jason Blum were on hand at CinemaCon in Las Vegas for this morning’s Universal Pictures presentation, during which Blum previewed this summer’s The First Purge and Curtis introduced the first ever footage from the new Halloween movie, which she promised is going to “scare the living shit out of all of you”.
At the ongoing CinemaCon showcase for theater owners, Blum brought Curtis on stage during the Universal panel on Wednesday (April 25) to help unveil the first official teaser trailer for the highly anticipated film, which will be a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s original Halloween, set 40 years after the events of the first film.
The footage shown reportedly elicited audible shrieks from the audience, and a ton of raving positive reactions on Twitter, some of which you can see below.
“It will scare the living shit out of all of you,” Curtis said just before the footage was revealed, also calling the new film “hella scary“, and later describing it as “old school meets new school with Laurie at the center of it… who has turned into a warrior.”
“Except for Star Wars, I can’t think of another movie where the same actor is playing the same part 40 years later,” she added.
Numerous detailed descriptions of the footage have been posted elsewhere, so we won’t discuss it all here, until the trailer is released online anyway, but the brother-sister plot angle is reportedly addressed in the teaser, with one character dismissing it by stating, “It wasn’t her brother, that’s something people made up.“
You can see a few of the reactions from Twitter below, and of course we will have the trailer here for you as soon as it is officially released online.
In the film, Andi Matichak plays Allyson, Laurie Strode’s granddaughter, with Judy Greer as Laurie’s daughter Karen Strode, and of course Jamie Lee Curtis returning to once again reprise her role as Laurie Strode.
The cast also includes Virginia “Ginny” Gardner as Vicky, Miles Robbins as Dave, , and Drew Scheid as Oscar, Dylan Arnold as Cameron, along with Will Patton as Hawkins, Rhian Rees as Dana, Rob Niter, and Omar J. Dorsey as Sheriff Barker.
The official synopsis: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
John Carpenter is executive producer and will score the film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film.
The new film is directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay by he, Danny McBride, and Jeff Fradley.
Halloween is produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception. Green and McBride are also executive producers under their Rough House Pictures banner.
Halloween will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures, arriving in theaters on October 19.
You can read everything we know so far about Halloween 2018 here.
As I’m sure you are well aware, 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of John Carpenter’s original 1978 Halloween. It is also worth noting that the film’s release date also happens to be Michael Myers’ birthday (in 1957), according to the original franchise canon.
Keep watching this site for updates on the return of Michael Myers and all the latest news on the next Halloween movie!
Good grief the #CinemaCon trailer reveal of #Halloween is so tense, so frightening; everyone’s chest is tight and hands are grasping the armrests in the #cinemacon Colosseum. Especially when Michael Myers puts 👏that👏mask👏back👏on😱. Y’all gonna freak when it drops!
— Fandango (@Fandango) April 25, 2018
Excuse the hyperbole, but #Halloween looks amazing. Looks like the Halloween sequel we’ve been waiting for after so many mediocre attempts to recapture the spirit of the original. Laurie Strode has gone Sarah Connor and 40 years later the sequel we deserved is here #CinemaCon
— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) April 25, 2018
— Lauren Cox (@Iaurencox) April 25, 2018
— Michael Keene (@MichaelKeene) April 25, 2018
Holy crap! HALLOWEEN looked phenomenal. The trailer was scary, intense, and truly looks like it’s gonna do the franchise justice. #Universal #UniversalPresentation #CinemaCon #CinemaCon2018 #Halloween
— Jacob Tiranno (@JacobTiranno) April 25, 2018
Halloween just made me jump out of my row #CinemaCon
— Chris Sylvia (@sylvioso) April 25, 2018
Jamie Lee Curtis onstage to introduce the new HALLOWEEN. Looks fucking crazy, Michael Myers is back. #CinemaCon
— Rohan Patel (@KingPatel7) April 25, 2018
Uh…. Halloween looks ridiculously amazing. A direct connection to the original. Terrifying. #CinemaCon
— Sean O’Connell (@Sean_OConnell) April 25, 2018
— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) April 25, 2018
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