Written by J.T. Johnson
WARNING: I’m trying not to include any spoilers about the new “Halloween” film in this article, but I do need to at least reference the ending of the new film in order to discuss where to go with the franchise from here. Therefore, if you haven’t seen the new film yet, I urge you to look away from this article, go see the film and then come back. Don’t worry, I’ll still be here when you get back.
This past weekend, the new “Halloween” was released into theaters and it was a massive success, earning $77.5 million during its opening weekend. The current gross as of this writing is over $90.5 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Since the film only cost $10 million to make, that means that the film is a massive success for those involved in its production.
It also means that there will inevitably be a sequel to the film. The big question is where do they go from here. The movie ends with an explosive confrontation between Michael Myers and the Strode women, namely Jamie Lee Curtis’ character, Laurie Strode. It has a pretty definitive ending that, in all honesty, I kind of hope that they would just leave alone, and I have a solution for future sequels that doesn’t endanger the integrity of this film’s ending.
In 1983, John Carpenter did not want to write another “Halloween” film that would focus on Michael Myers. That’s why Michael literally goes out with a bang at the end of 1981’s “Halloween II”! Instead, Carpenter wanted to turn the series into an anthology of films set during Halloween.
Therefore, “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” is a story set outside the continuity of the Michael Myers films. At the time, its wild departure from the formula was hated on by the fans who wanted a little more Michael in their “Halloween” series. This meant that in 1988, Michael would return in the appropriately titled “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers”.
However, we are living in different times and today’s audiences are more open to the idea of an anthology series. Shows like “American Horror Story” and “Black Mirror” have shown that audiences want variety in their horror stories. Therefore, my solution for where to take the “Halloween” series next is to take it where it doesn’t involve Michael Myers at all.
Quite a few “Halloween” fans have also come around with “Season of the Witch”, as well. It has gained a considerable cult following. This tells me that fans of the long-running series may also be more open to the idea of a different type of “Halloween” movie. I know that I would love it and I’ve been a fan of this series for decades!
The filmmakers behind “Season of the Witch” have stated that had the film been a success, then “Halloween IV” would have been a ghost story. I say run with the original anthology idea and have the one connective element be that the films are set during Halloween. Better yet, my brother Jason had the idea that if you wanted a more firm connection, make it an anthology series set in Haddonfield, Illinois.
Now, of course, this is all my idea for the future of the series and I’m just spitballing pie in the sky ideas. Another way to put it, I’m just a powerless blogger and fan with no real say in the matter. The fact is that Michael Myers is not just a character, he’s a brand. That means that the filmmakers will definitely want to bring him back in the next sequel but I just wanted to share my thoughts on how cool it would be if they revisited the idea of an anthology series that would release a film every Halloween and as a way to keep that powerful ending to the new “Halloween” intact.