‘Halloween’ Reboot May Trigger Anti-Woke Mob With Female Michael Myers

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Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) screaming "Michael" in 'Halloween Kills'

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The Halloween reboot may see the return of the female version of Michael Myers…

The Halloween franchise is set to go under the kitchen knife once again, as Miramax recently confirmed that a Halloween television series is in early development, which is reportedly the first installment in a shared universe.

We don’t know much about the television series or the shared universe yet, but a reboot of Halloween is always inevitable. The franchise is currently made up of numerous timelines, thanks to anthology films, sequels that retcon previous installments, direct remakes, and movies that have restored the continuity established in the original film.

Michael Myers trapped in the fire at the end of 'Halloween' (2018)
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There really is no stopping Michael Myers. You can shoot him many times, push him over a balcony, decapitate him, and even blow him up, but you can’t kill the bogeyman. Original Halloween (1978) director John Carpenter recently explained what makes Michael unstoppable, but the truth is simpler than we thought: it’s the studios!

Whichever studio that happens to be, of course. Blumhouse Productions only had a three-picture deal for David Gordon Green’s films, and they make up the latest trilogy, which is comprised of Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills (2021), and Halloween Ends (2022).

Michael Myers attacking someone in 'Halloween Kills'
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Any chance of those films being followed up, though, is incredibly slim, as Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) is killed on screen at the end of Ends for all to see — both the Haddonfield residents and the audience. Michael Myers is dead (in that timeline anyway).

That said, we don’t know if he’ll come back home in the upcoming Halloween shared universe. It may create an entirely new bogeyman from scratch or perhaps even take a page out of Halloween III: Season of the Witch‘s book and act as more of an anthology series. Or, it may follow on from another established timeline.

Dr. Challis screaming on the phone in 'Halloween 3: Season of the Witch'
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For decades, many fans have been calling for a proper follow-up to Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988).

Though there are already two sequels to that film, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) and Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) — the Thorn trilogy, as it’s collectively known — they didn’t go down particularly well with fans, mainly because the middle film is among the worst in the franchise, while the final entry is a baffling mess, as it tries to explain Michael Myers’ abilities, but fails miserably and then some.

Jamie Lloyd screaming in 'Halloween 4'
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Halloween 4, however, has become a cult classic in its own right. While it feels like a generic Halloween movie for the most part, its less-is-more approach feels a lot more welcome by the time you get to the convoluted and nonsensical Halloween 6.

But it’s really the film’s ending that separates it from other entries. It might be a generic outing, and it might even feature one of the worst Michael Myers masks, but the final scene goes against the grain, as Michael’s young niece, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), the daughter of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), picks up a kitchen knife and attacks her foster mother.

She’s even wearing the same clown costume her uncle wore as a young boy when he killed his sister Judith.

Laurie Strode stalked in 'Halloween' 1978
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Unfortunately, Halloween 5 retcons this ending, suggesting that Jamie didn’t kill her mother, and instead of having the young girl become evil just like that ending implies, she becomes traumatized by the experience, so much so that she’s unable to speak.

However, Jamie becomes telepathically connected to Michael Myers after making physical contact with him at the end of Halloween 4, which is presumably why she attacked her mother. Having a female version of Michael Myers in the franchise would have certainly been interesting, and would still make a welcome change.

Dr. Sam Loomis at the ambulance wreckage in 'Halloween 4'
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But it’s not just fans who remain disappointed with this ending being retconned; actress Danielle Harris said at the “H25 Convention” in 2003 (the original film’s 25th anniversary) that she would have at least wanted to become “sidekick” to Michael Myers in Halloween 5.

When a guest asked the question, “About the end of part four, [were] there any plans of making you the slasher [the killer]?” Harris replied, saying the following:

“You know, that’s what I thought was going to happen. I thought I was going to come back and I was going to be the killer, which would have been awesome. A little frightening but awesome. Or at least his [Michael’s] sidekick, you know, something kind of crazy.”

She also says during the Q&A, “I’d love to do another one.” Fortunately, she got her wish and returned to the franchise in Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) and its sequel Halloween II (2009), in which she plays Annie Brackett from the original 1978 film by John Carpenter, opposite Scout Taylor-Compton’s version of the iconic final girl Laurie Strode.

Annie Brackett (Danielle Harris) encountering Michael Myers in the bathroom in Rob Zombie's 'Halloween 2'
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Harris certainly isn’t one to keep her thoughts to herself where certain decisions in the franchise are concerned. Following the premiere of Ends last year, the actress, along with Scout Taylor-Compton, criticized the film on their podcast Talk Scary to Me.

“It was a really cool story if it was about a new serial killer and what it was like for someone to become a serial killer,” Compton said, complaining that Ends focuses more on Michael Myers copycat killer Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell). She continued, “But then they just kind of threw Michael Myers in there, is what it seemed like to me.”

“Where are the kills?” Harris added, criticizing the lack of kills in the film, which, like Michael’s screentime, remains a common complaint from fans. “Where’s Michael? What the hell is going on?”

Rohan Campbell as Corey Cunningham looking through the tunnel in 'Halloween Ends'
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But while Harris has had two slices of the Halloween pumpkin pie (which has included four films), we still can’t help but imagine what could have been with her original character, Jamie Lloyd. Will the upcoming Halloween reboot revisit that storyline and pick up the thread by ignoring the events of the last two films in the Thorn trilogy?

This is not an impossible scenario. After all, the franchise is no stranger to wiping previous films from canon. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) completely ignores the Thorn trilogy, while David Gordon Green’s trilogy ignores everything since the 1978 original.

Laurie Strode in 'Halloween H20'
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While you can make the case that Halloween will likely be rebooted from scratch again when looking at the history of the franchise, there’s also an argument to be made that it has only been truly rebooted once, with the Rob Zombie films.

Though a number of films in the series have ignored previous films, they’ve mostly opted for the retcon option, which always involves following another film. Either way, in doing so, this has created several timelines.

Fortunately, this means there are a few threads the reboot could follow where a female version of Michael Myers is concerned.

Halloween 4‘s Jamie Lloyd

Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris) having a psychic episode in 'Halloween 5'
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As we’ve already mentioned, Jamie Lloyd, who is one of two final girls in parts four and five, is the most obvious choice for a female Michael Myers. And it’s likely Danielle Harris would love the opportunity to return to Halloween, while restoring her original character.

While Jamie Lloyd is (brutally) killed off by her uncle Michael Myers (George P Wilbur) in Halloween 6 (in which she’s played by JC Brandy), there are many examples of characters coming back to life in this franchise due to new timelines.

Among them are Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasence), and Marion Chambers (Nancy Stephens). Jamie Lloyd should be no exception. Fans would love to see Harris return to Haddonfield, this time on the other side of the mask.

Rob Zombie’s Halloween‘s Laurie Strode

Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) crying in Rob Zombie's 'Halloween 2'
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Scout Taylor-Compton plays final girl Laurie Strode (whose previous name was Angel Myers) in Rob Zombie’s two Halloween films. While it’s unlikely we’ll ever see her version of Laurie Strode return, there’s plenty of room for the actress to make a comeback.

The 2009 film, which is a sequel to the first installment from Rob Zombie, has a sense of finality, which is rare in this franchise unless we’re looking at Ends. However, while Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) is killed in the film, the essence of evil seemingly lives on.

Just before the credits roll, we cut to Laurie in a bleach-white psychiatric ward, where she’s having the same visions her brother Michael had: of their dead mother and a white horse. This suggests that Laurie will take over from her brother, which is further indicated by her wicked smile.

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New Halloween Trilogy’s Allyson Nelson

Allyson Nelson (Andi Matichak) in the car in 'Halloween Ends'
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Unlike Harris’ Jamie Lloyd and Taylor-Compton’s Laurie Strode, it is never suggested that the character Allyson Nelson (Andi Matichak) in the three David Gordon Green films (H2018, Kills, and Ends), who’s one of two final girls alongside her grandmother Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), is a potential psychopathic killer in the making.

That said, there could be a huge opportunity for the upcoming reboot to revisit Allyson, who was last seen driving beyond the Haddonfield city limits at the end of the trilogy-topping 2022 sequel after facing Michael Myers one last time.

Allyson is a deeply traumatized character. Not only did she grow up in the shadow of Laurie’s trauma, as well as that of her mother Karen Nelson (Judy Greer), but Michael killed all her friends, both her parents, and even corrupted her love interest, Corey Cunningham.

Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) walking through the hospital in 'Halloween Kills'
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If the reboot does bring back Jamie Lloyd, or even create a new female version of Michael Myers, it will no doubt lead to backlash and online discourse by triggering the “anti-woke mob,” which tends to happen a lot these days whenever a film or television show changes the gender or ethnicity of an established character.

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016), The Little Mermaid (2023), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) are just a few examples where this has happened.

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