Michael Myers is scary again! The first clip from the new Halloween debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, and the footage that was shown left the audience both amazed and terrified.
The clip was an impressive, single shot take that features the return of the masked killer on Halloween night. In it, Myers enters a woman’s home through her back yard, kills her with a hammer, grabs a knife from her kitchen, returns to the streets where he walks among trick-or-treaters, then enters another home and stabs a different woman in the neck. This all happens in one continuous shot, and the tension-building is absolutely masterful, showing off some impressive work from director David Gordon Green and cinematographer Michael Simmonds.
Following the clip, those in attendance at the film’s Comic-Con panel were treated to a new trailer that focused more on the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. This retconned version of Strode — which ignores all films in the franchise after the 1977 original film — has been waiting 40 years for the chance to kill Myers, training for the day when she’ll see him again, and now that day has finally arrived. The role has shades of Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2, and Curtis appears to have had a blast filming it. “What we’re honoring today, there comes a point where you say, ‘I am not my trauma. The narrative of my life is I am not the victim,'” Curtis said at the panel, according to Game Spot. “This is a woman that’s been waiting 40 years.”
Halloween hits theaters on October 19.