In this weeks episode of the Halloween Rewatch, Cory and Nathan forget everything they ever learned about the whole franchise as they discuss “Halloween (2018)”.
Forty years after the 1978 Haddonfield murders, true-crime podcasters Aaron Korey and Dana Haines travel to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium to interview Michael Myers, who was captured after Dr. Samuel Loomis shot him off of the Doyle house balcony. Dr. Ranbir Sartain, who has been treating Michael since Loomis’ death, informs them that Michael is able to speak but chooses not to. Aaron fails to get Michael to speak, even after mentioning Laurie Strode, the sole survivor of the 1978 murders.
Aaron and Dana go to interview Laurie, who has spent the last forty years dealing with post-traumatic stress and preparing for Michael’s inevitable return. Her trauma has resulted in two failed marriages and losing custody of her daughter Karen, who goes on to have her own daughter, Allyson. Aaron and Dana tell Laurie their interest in finding out why Michael committed the murders and ask her to meet with him in a final attempt to get him to speak before he is transferred to a maximum security prison, but Laurie declines.
The bus transporting the patients crashes, and the inmates scatter, allowing Michael to escape. The following morning, on Halloween, Michael kills Aaron and Dana and recovers his mask, which was in their possession, before returning to Haddonfield. Laurie learns about the crash and breaks into Karen’s house to demonstrate her lack of security, causing an argument with Karen and her husband Ray.
Michael wanders Haddonfield and begins to kill innocent victims. Allyson’s friend Vicky is killed by Michael; Julian, a boy whom she was babysitting, flees and calls the police. Laurie, patrolling the streets in her truck, hears the dispatch call on her CB radio and hurries to the house, where Sheriff Frank Hawkins finds the bodies of Vicky and her boyfriend Dave. Laurie and Hawkins find Michael; Laurie shoots him, but Michael disappears.
Allyson’s friend Oscar is killed by Michael. Allyson is chased before finding refuge in a neighboring home. Laurie, Karen, and Ray arrive at Laurie’s fortified home. Finding Michael, Hawkins runs him over and gets out of the vehicle to shoot him, despite Dr. Sartain’s protests. Dr. Sartain stabs Hawkins in the throat and kills him before taking Michael’s mask and putting it on. He loads Michael into the vehicle with Allyson and drives to Laurie’s house, intent on reuniting them. Michael regains consciousness and reclaims his mask, and Allyson informs Dr. Sartain that Michael spoke to her, to trick him into letting her go. Michael forces Dr. Sartain out of the vehicle and stomps on his head as Allyson flees. Michael kills two cops, and Ray next, and breaks into the house.
Laurie and Michael fight and stab each other, and Michael witnesses Laurie fall from the balcony, but she disappears soon. Michael hears Allyson as she makes her way into the safe room with Karen. He then searches for both of them in the house and ultimately finds them. Karen then shoots Michael with a rifle and stuns him and Laurie attacks Michael with a knife, allowing Allyson and Karen to escape. Karen flips a switch and metal bars spring into place, barricading the exit and trapping Michael in the safe room as it fills with gas. Laurie throws a lit flare into the room, setting it and Michael ablaze.
Laurie, Karen, and Allyson escape as the house is engulfed in flames and hitch a ride in the back of a pickup truck. The three women embrace as they are taken to safety. The film closes with images of the rooms in the safe house burning, but show the room Michael was trapped in empty, indicating that he escaped.
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