Michael Myers will never die. That's the idea I'm starting to get as we approach October 19, which is when the latest movie in the Halloween franchise—aptly titled Halloween—will hit theaters. Set 40 years after John Carpenter's original slasher flick, the film sees both return of the notorious spook and the woman who nearly defeated him all those years ago: Jamie Lee Curtis's Laurie Strode.
Casual Halloween fans with somewhat reliable memories will wonder, "Huh?" After all, this year marks the 20-year anniversary of Halloween: H20, the seventh installment to the franchise and the one that brought Curtis back as Laurie, once again stalked by her murderous (and seemingly invisible) brother. At the end of that movie, Laurie decapitates Michael—or so she thought, because he returned again in the 2002 sequel Halloween: Resurrection, at the beginning of which Michael finally killed Laurie.
The Halloween franchise is full of twists and turns! Many of which make no sense! (The third movie, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, has nothing to do with the Michael Myers storyline, so this has been a messy series of movies for a very long time. And musician/director Rob Zombie rebooted the franchise with his own remake to Carpenter's first two films in 2007 and 2009, respectively.)
To be a Halloween fan, you need to have a healthy suspension of disbelief. And that'll be necessary this fall, when David Gordon Green's sequel to the original film—which acts as if the seven sequels and two remakes in between never took place—ushers in a new era of the ongoing fight between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode.
The good news: It looks really good, and a worthy sequel to Carpenter's original. With Jamie Lee Curtis back on board (and Carpenter serving as an executive producer and the film's composer), die-hard Halloween fans should rest easy that it will likely hold up to the best of the franchise rather than its trashier, B-movie sequels. Are you ready to have the Bogeyman once again roaming through your head, wearing that creepy-ass mask? Get ready, because you don't have much of a choice.
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