Although it became a large part of mythology in later films, Laurie Strode and Michael Myers of Jamie Lee Curtis were not brothers in the original 1978 version. Hallowe'en. That turn really happened in Halloween II and apparently in part it was because John Carpenter was drunk The writer / director of the first. Hallowe'en and co-writer of Halloween II He talked about what led to the turn and his disdain for him, saying:
Well, despite his general brilliance, John Carpenter is far from being the only person in the history of humanity who had a bad idea in an altered mental state. It seems that he and co-writer Debra Hill were under the gun with a bad case of writer's block and that they just had to come up with something, so with the help of a little liquid inspiration, they forced that connection with the brother's turn. .
First Hallowe'en it is considered to be such a perfect horror film and the birth of the slasher subgenre that it really did not need to be changed or added to anything. But as John Carpenter told The Daily Beast, for the television broadcast of the film, they needed to extend their execution time, and that required adding more material, which is something they struggled with.
So while we are filming Halloween II, and with a little help from alcohol and despair, they added the sister's spin to the extended TV version of Hallowe'en. That turn was then incorporated into Halloween II and continued throughout the series through decades of sequels and restarts.
Obviously looking back, John Carpenter is not happy with the turn, and you can see why. I did not even want sequels in the first place, and a bad history choice ended up becoming an important part of them.
Forcing family connections when done well can be amazing and powerful (The Empire Strikes Back), but it is so exaggerated, and making everything connected in this way is often a case of bad or lazy writing. In this case, it turns Michael Myers into a murderer with a purpose instead of just a force of nature, killing randomly without rhyme or reason.
Now, almost 40 years after the brothers 'turn was introduced, the hangover of the drunks' decision is finally disappearing. David Gordon Green & # 39; s new Hallowe'en Resume the continuity of the franchise, eliminating everything but the original movie, including Halloween II. And from the Hallowe'en The extended version of TV is not canon, that means that Laurie Strode and Michael Myers are no longer brothers.
The trailer for Hallowe'en It even refers to the connection between siblings as "something that people invented", which allows audiences to know that the slate has been erased.
You can see how everything develops when Hallowe'en will arrive at theaters this Friday, October 19. Check out our premiere guide to plan all the movies you should see this fall, and to learn about the latest decisions about drunks, stay tuned for CinemaBlend.