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  • Production for Halloween 3-D was shut down on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 because The Weinstein Company ran out of money. They had just received the first draft of the screenplay on Friday September 25 and shooting was supposed to start in November to end in time for Director Patrick Lussier to start shooting another film from a prior engagement in January, Drive Angry (2011) with Nicolas Cage. In May of 2014, Todd Farmer confirmed that neither he nor Lussier were involved in the project any longer.
  • In September 2009, before pre-production was shut down, Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer (writers of My Bloody Valentine (2009)), wrote a script and even talked Tyler Mane into returning to play Michael Myers. Shortly after pitching the script, the company shut down production, saying the script was good, but there wasn't enough time for the project to be finished in time.
  • In the early phases of preproduction, the film was said to be not a "remake" nor a "reboot" but a "recalibration" of the character Michael Myers. However, after co-Writer and Director David Gordon Green and co-Writer Danny McBride took over the project, these two stated that it would be none of the aforementioned, and that the film was going to be a direct continuation of Halloween (1978).
  • Lucy Hale was rumored for a role.
  • Leigh Whannell expressed interest in playing Michael Myers.
  • In 2017, when promoting Alien: Covenant (2017) on the Empire Film Podcast, it was joked that Danny McBride would also be starring as Michael Myers due to his large build, to which McBride immediately shot down, "Oh god no! Mike's supposed to be a terrifying creeper with good posture, not Homer Simpson!"
  • When Danny McBride was promoting Alien: Covenant (2017) on The Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick and asked on this unusual project for him, McBride responded-"There's more to life than dick and fart jokes. It's fun and, quite honestly, pretty terrifying to verge into new territory. Now it's accidentally even more terrifying not because of this character, but the history of this franchise and reputation of remakes. We wanna do something special-I mean that."
  • Jamie Lee Curtis returns in this film. She portrayed Laurie Strode and has been in five films. Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), and this film. She was also the voice of the "Santa Mira" curfew announcer and telephone operator in Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), but was uncredited.
  • On September 15, 2017, Jamie Lee Curtis announced on Twitter that she would be reprising her role as Laurie Strode in the film, set forty years after Halloween (1978).
  • Jamie Lee Curtis previously tied with Danielle Harris for the second most number of appearances in the Halloween films. Now that Curtis is to star in this film, she and Donald Pleasence are tied for most number of appearances.
  • This is distributed by Universal Pictures, their first involvement in with Halloween since distributing Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).
  • John Carpenter claimed that this would be the last Halloween film, even though there were contractual obligations for a sequel. As of November 2019, two sequels are already in development.
  • Danielle Harris has said in a live Internet Q&A session on her social media that she attempted to "put in a call" to include her character Jamie (Laurie Strode's daughter from Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)) in the new movie in some capacity, however the producers were not interested and vetoed this, as their new movie ignores the events of those films.
  • Filming began on January 13, 2018.
  • The role of Allyson, Laurie's granddaughter, became somewhat of a coveted role. Multiple popular actresses including Lucy Hale and Emma Roberts met with Danny McBride to personally talk about the movie. However, the studio decided that they wanted to go back to the roots of the first movie and cast an unknown actress, similar to how Jamie Lee Curtis was cast in the original.
  • While the film ignores all previous sequels and reboots, it pays homage to all Halloween films, as had been intended by co-Writer Danny McBride.
  • Danny McBride said that they originally planned to do two back-to-back movies, but they decided to scale it back to one film. "We were like, 'let's learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn't,'" explained McBride. "But we definitely have an idea of where we would go (with) this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it." Two back-to-back sequels, Halloween Kills (2020) and Halloween Ends (2021), were subsequently greenlit in July 2019.
  • Much like Scream 4 (2011), this movie features the main series heroine Laurie Strode return to her hometown where she attended high school, and where her high school friends were killed. Laurie's teenage female relative and her mother are prominent characters, and killings occur again. In Scream 4 (2011), franchise protagonist Sidney Prescott had returned to her hometown, where her teenage cousin Jill and her friends are targeted by the killer get-up of Ghostface, which Sidney had dealt with before. Scream pays heavy homage to Halloween.
  • The gas station is almost an exact replica of the gas station prominently appearing in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), down to the ice box outside.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal helped convince Jamie Lee Curtis to reprise her role of Laurie Strode for the film. Jake Gyllenhaal is a family friend of Curtis' and is dubbed by her as an unofficial godson.
  • Working titles included "Halloween Returns" and "Halloween H40: 40 Years Later" (an obvious pun on Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)).
  • Jamie Lee Curtis had immediately hit it off with co-writer and director David Gordon Green, crediting him as reminding her of original 1978 Halloween director and suspense master John Carpenter.
  • Producer Jason Blum and his distributing company of Blumhouse's first major horror icon film.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis credits the film as living up to the original.
  • Producer Jason Blum claims to have never worked on a project as anticipated as this film.
  • While John Carpenter intended for this film, with his involvement, to be the last definitive Halloween specifically featuring antagonist Michael Myers, co-writer Danny McBride and co-writer/director David Gordon Green quickly indicated that possible sequels were not out of the question, with the concept of creating a rounded trilogy. Carpenter later said that he was open to suggestions as long as he is being paid. McBride and Green got their wish, with Halloween Kills (2020) and Halloween Ends (2021) completing their trilogy, with Carpenter's involvement.
  • Released coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Halloween (1978).
  • Initial promotional photos for the film displayed Jamie Lee Curtis with the same short haircut she had worn in previous roles, including Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998); in the finished film, she has long hair as Laurie had in the original Halloween (1978).
  • The third sequel in the original series to ignore a previous timeline from the franchise: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002) both ignored the timeline established in parts 4, 5 and 6. This film goes one step further by also ignoring Halloween II (1981).
  • The yellow lined checkered squares at the institution contain the most dangerous patients: hence Michael (James Jude Courtney) among three others during Aaron (Jefferson Hall) and Dana's (Rhian Rees') visit being seen contained in one.
  • Illustrations of Dr. Samuel Loomis appear amongst Aaron's (Jefferson Hall's) collected files on Michael Myers.
  • Roth Cornet nicknamed the movie "Grambo" after watching the first trailer.
  • The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) in Canada in September 2018.
  • At seventy, Nick Castle is the oldest actor to play Michael Myers. He is also the third actor to play him more than once, behind George P. Wilbur (who played him in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)) and Tyler Mane (Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009)).
  • The date the film was released in the U.K. & U.S.A. is the day Michael Myers was born. October 19th.
  • Director David Gordon Green said in interview for Collider that first cut of the film was two hours and fifteen minutes long, and that both the "fat" of the film and entire scenes were cut out for pacing and length. This explains why there are so many deleted and alternate scenes in all the trailers and behind the scenes footage for the film.
  • Tony Moran and Tyler Mane, the only actors to play a fully unmasked Michael Myers, were not approached to make an appearance.
  • No filming took place in South Pasadena, California, the main filming location for the original Halloween.
  • This is the third film to simply be titled "Halloween", after the original 1978 film, and Rob Zombie's 2007 remake.
  • The working/production title on set was "Uncle Orange."
  • On the tv, a newscaster can be heard describing the events of the original film as "the babysitter murders". This was originally the title Carpenter wanted for Halloween (1978). It was only changed to Halloween after the producer Irwin Yablans thought up the idea and to release it near Halloween.
  • When Oscar sees Michael, he calls him Mr Elrod. In Halloween 2, Michael's actions are mistaken for Mr Elrod's.
  • From the original Halloween (1978) cast, only Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle and P.J. Soles return (Soles plays a teacher, as her original character Lynda died in the first film). Original director John Carpenter returns as executive producer, and is credited for his music score. Although Carpenter generally prefers not to be personally involved in sequels and remakes of his works (he usually accepts an 'original screenplay' credit), producer Jason Blum convinced him into taking a more active role in this movie, as a spiritual advisor. Carpenter met director David Gordon Green and writer Danny McBride, loved their pitch of the story, and contributed with several script ideas.
  • Right before the father (Brien Gregorie) and son (Vince Mattis) find the crashed bus and escaped Smith's Grove patients, the son is telling his father about how much he enjoys his dance classes. Prior to his involvement on Halloween (2018), director David Gordon Green spent almost a decade working on a re-imagining of Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977), about the horrors going on inside a revered dance academy, eventually leaving the project due to budgetary restraints and legal concerns. An updated Suspiria (2018) was eventually made - directed by Luca Guadagnino, who'd personally hired Green to direct the film first when he was working on it as a producer - and released a week after "Halloween".
  • Allyson mentions that Halloween is a school night. Halloween in 2018 was in fact on Wednesday, a school night.
  • Among the programs shown on the TVs are an episode of the 1983 series voyagers and the film Repo Man.
  • Laurie's previous children, each retconned out of existence, were named Jamie (from Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)) and John (from Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)). Her daughter here, Karen, starts with the next letter in the alphabet.
  • Judy Greer's Ant-Man (2015) co-star Paul Rudd had his first staring role in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995).
  • Released forty years after Halloween (1978), thirty years after Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), and twenty years after Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).
  • In the child's bedroom the rotating lamp features a clown with a knife, a nod to the first killing in the original film.
  • A radio call coming over the police band mentions a "disturbance at 707 Meridian", a tribute to the real life original address of the Myers house in Halloween (1978) before it was moved a few blocks down.
  • Michael Myers' tenth appearance on film, which, if you discount dream sequences in Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part V, equals the number of appearances of fellow horror movie icon Jason Voorhees.
  • Throughout the film, several characters talk about Cameron's (Dylan Arnold) dad "Lonnie" and what a troublemaker he was and continues to be. In the original Halloween (1978), Lonnie Elam (Brent Le Page) was a sixth grade bully who constantly harasses Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews), the boy Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) was babysitting. He would later be scared by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) outside the abandoned Myers house.
  • The opening credits are done in the style of "zooming in on a jack-o-lantern" like the original two movies, but the pumpkin is smashed, and slowly reassembles itself as the camera zooms in.
  • As with the original Halloween (1978), Michael Myers is listed in the credits not as "Michael Myers", but "The Shape".
  • Halloween (2018) was the biggest horror movie opening with a female lead, biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55 and biggest opening for any of the Halloween franchise films. It was also the second-biggest horror movie opening ever after It (2017). It was also the second-biggest October opening ever (after Venom). Stats as of October 22, 2018.
  • Sophia Miller, the actress who plays "young" Karen Strode in the film, cut 13 inches off of her hair for the role. She donated the hair to an organization that makes wigs for children who have hair loss.
  • Two kids bump into Michael before he grabs the hammer from the garage. One kid is shouldering a toy boombox a tribute to a scene in Halloween II (1981) where Michael (Dick Warlock) is bumped into by Dick Warlock's real-life son (Lance Warlock), carrying a boom box.
  • The scene where Allyson walks down the street with Vicky and Dave mirrors the original Halloween (1978), in which Laurie does the same with the Annie and Lynda.
  • While Vicky is babysitting Julian, she is wearing a white shirt with yellow sleeves. In the original Halloween (1978) Tommy Doyle is wearing pajamas with a white top and yellow sleeves when he lets Laurie back in the house as she is chased by Michael Myers
  • The film's producer is Malek Akkad, who is the son of Moustapha Akkad, the producer of the original 1978 "Halloween." Moustapha Akkad was murdered, along with his daughter Rima (Malek's sister), in the terrorist bombing of an Amman, Jordan hotel in 2005. Jamie Lee Curtis has recounted how the first person whom she saw when she came to the set for the first day of filming the 2018 film was Malek, whom she remembered as a 7 year-old child visiting the set during production of the original film. She added that seeing Malek for the first time since his father's death immediately brought her to tears.
  • Laurie uses a Smith and Wesson Model 66, a Mossberg 500 Cruiser, and the Winchester 1873 rifle.
  • After failing to develop a new Halloween film in time, Dimension Films lost the production rights for a sequel, which reverted back to Miramax, which then joined with Blumhouse Productions. In May 2016, a new installment was officially announced, with original co-creator John Carpenter's involvement as a composer, executive producer, and creative consultant. Principal photography commenced on January 13, 2018 in South Carolina, and concluded on February 19.
  • Halloween had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018, as part of its Midnight Madness section.
  • 'Trick or Treat Studios' obtained the official costume licensing rights for the film. Both Nelson and Vincent Van Dyke joined their design team, who used toolings from the screen-used mold of Michael Myers' mask to adapt it for mass market sale.
  • This Halloween is the 11th film of the saga. It succeeds the reboot and subsequent sequel done by (Rob Zombie) released in 2007 and 2009.
  • The music is composed by John Carpenter, his son Cody and his godson Daniel Davies. The trio had previously collaborated on John Carpenter's Lost Themes and Lost Themes II albums.
  • This is David Gordon Green's first foray into the horror genre.
  • Filming lasted 28 days, in and around Charleston, South Carolina.
  • During the trick-or-treat scenes, a trio of children can be seen together wearing a skeleton costume, witch costume and Jack O'Lantern mask. This is a nod to Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), in which the Silver Shamrock company's skeleton, witch, and Jack O'Lantern masks are the driving plot device.
  • Virginia Gardner was born the year that Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) came out.
  • The first Halloween film in the franchise to be released in October since Halloween 5.
  • The film bears strong plot & character similarities with fellow popular horror franchise instalment: Scream 4 (2011). Both feature the recurring female protagonist (Laurie Strode, Sidney Prescott) contend with the masked figure of their past targeting their 17 year old female relative (Allyson Strode, Jill Roberts), and their teenage friends. Scream has featured the original 1978 Halloween in their first instalment (Scream 1996), as various references to the Halloween film series. In Halloween H20: 20 years later (1998) Scream 2 (1997) prominently is featured, as well as references to both Scream films of the time.
  • First film in the franchise to use multiple masks with slightly varied cracks, wrinkles, hairstyle, etc. Many people thought the original film used different masks, but there was only one.
  • Officer Hawkins is playing a pinball game featuring Back To The Future. The song Mr. Sandman can be heard in Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween (2007), Back to the Future (1985) and Back to the Future Part II (1989)
  • Actor James Jude Courtney, who plays Michael Myers, consulted with real-life killers on how to kill people to make his performance believable. In his own words 'Michael has been locked up for 40 years so he's had a long time to think about killing but obviously he's still efficient and driven so I wanted to make sure people see that in my performance'.
  • When Allyson is walking with her friends in the beginning, Dave says her family should just put up a Christmas tree on Halloween. When Laurie and the police come to her daughter's house to take them to safety on Halloween night, Karen is wearing a Christmas sweater.
  • "There's a stealth efficiency to the way an actual trained killer works... Movies tend to dilute that quality with dramatic pauses and dialogue, which a true predator would never waste time doing. That efficiency is what I took to the part of Michael Myers." - James Jude Courtney
  • This is the first Halloween movie to be shot digitally instead of on film.
  • This is the second horror sequel/prequel to have the exact same title as its original, in this case Halloween (2018) which follows on Halloween (1978). The other one is The Thing (2011), being a prequel to The Thing (1982). Both the original films were directed by John Carpenter.
  • Michael Myers is 61 years old in this film
  • Michael and Laurie are not brother and sister in this version
  • Became the highest grossing "Halloween" film in the franchise in its opening weekend
  • British true crime podcasters Dana Haines (Rhian Rees) and Aaron Korey (Jefferson Hall) use an unmarked Tascam DR-40 digital audio recorder.
  • With this film, there are now five distinct Halloween timelines: * Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995). * Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) (completely separate continuity). * Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). * Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009) (series reboot). * Halloween (1978) and Halloween (2018), to be followed by Halloween Kills (2020) and Halloween Ends (2021).
  • All of the police vehicles have the sign of Warren County. Warren County is where Western Kentucky University is located. This is where John Carpenter went to college.
  • Dr. Loomis in Halloween (1978) and Laurie Strode in Halloween (2018) say the same phrase "That's the idea" in reference to a containment action against Michael Myers.
  • The doll house at Laurie Strodes is similar to the house Michael Myers grew up in.
  • Janet Leigh, the mother of Jamie Leigh Curtis was an original scream queen, starring in Alfred Hitchcock's classic film "Psycho".
  • The song that is playing when the boy and his dad notice the bus crash is a western version of the song that Laurie sings throughout the original movie, this song can also be heard during the end credits
  • The device that plays Dr. Samuel Loomis voice (performed by Colin Mahan) is a Sanyo TRC-8300 Memo-Scriber.
  • To achieve the intro sequence of the pumpkin rising back up, Director David Gordon Green revealed that a normal pumpkin was placed in front of a camera over a period of a few weeks until it rotted and slumped down. The footage was then reversed and edited properly for the title sequence to give it the illusion the pumpkin was rising on its own.
  • This is Judy Greer's third role in a horror movie, the first being Cursed in 2005 and the second being the 2013 remake of Carrie, which was released 5 years before this movie.
  • Dr. Sartain's name is likely a tribute to famous character actor Gailard Sartain.
  • Released just 8 days shy of the 40 anniversary of the 1978 original.
  • In an earlier script for Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Michael was going to escape from a prison bus before it was ultimately changed to an ambulance. That original idea is used here.
  • Several scenes/kills play homage to other Halloween films. 1. The bus crash with the Smith's Grove patients wandering around is similar to the opening scene of Halloween (1978) where Loomis arrives at Smith's Grove and several patients are wandering around. 2. The young boy is killed in the same fashion almost as Annie Brackett was in the original Halloween (1978) with the exception of the knife slash to the throat. 3. Trick or Treaters can be heard singing the nursery rhyme from the opening of Halloween (1978) when Michael is about to kill the neighbor with the hammer. 4. Trick or Treateers can be seen wearing the 3 Silver Shamrock masks from Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). 5. The kids walking down the street is similar to the original Halloween (1978) film of Annie, Laurie and Lynda walking home. 6. The gas station is similar in setup to the gas station in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). 7. Aaron, the male journalist is killed the same way as Joe Grizzly in the Rob Zombie Halloween (2007) film by slamming him over and over, with the slight difference he isn't stabbed. 8. Vicky has a sheet placed over her like how Michael wore over himself in Halloween (1978). 9. Vicky's boyfriend is impaled by a large knife in similar fashion on how Bob is killed in the in the original Halloween (1978). 10. Julian runs out to get help screaming the same way Lindsey and Tommy did in the original Halloween (1978). 11. The two cops outside Laurie's home is in reference to the two cops at the Tower Farm Party in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989). 12. Michael is apparently burned in the ending much like he was in Halloween II (1981) 13. Laurie falls off a balcony and later is seen missing much how the original Halloween (1978) ended. 14. When Michael kills his doctor he does so the same way Michael kills the bouncer by stomping his head from Rob Zombie's Halloween II (2009). 15. The father who finds the crashed bus with his son has his neck broken in similar way the trucker in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) has his neck broke in the Producer's Cut of the film. 16. Much like Michael did in Halloween: Resurrection (2002) by using his home as a way to kill people, Laurie uses her home to kill Michael.

Spoilers

  • The Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) Silver Shamrock-costumed trick or treaters can be seen passing Laurie as she discovers Michael in the upstairs of a house.
  • Dana's (Rhian Rees') bathroom stall encounter with Michael Myers pays reference to Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), in which mother Claudia has a a restroom encounter with Michael.
  • Michael's escape following the bus crash leaves various criminally insane patients wandering about in the rain, as a father and son happen upon the scene. The scene mirrors its predecessor of 1978's Myers escape from Smith's Grove Sanitarium, in which he stole nurse Marion Chambers' station wagon.
  • Laurie Strode's drive in the film to have Michael escape so she may kill him is a direct throwback to Dr. Samuel Loomis' obsession with destroying Michael Myers from the original and all its respective sequels.
  • The body under the ghost sheet and pumpkin in the fish tank are a nod to the murder of Lynda Van Der Klok in Halloween (1978), who Virginia Gardner's character Vicky in this film bears similarities. The carved Halloween pumpkin was beside the Wallace master bed during Lynda's death.
  • Many things that Michael did in Halloween (1978), Laurie does in Halloween (2018). Michael is shot off a balcony in the original, but upon inspection, his body disappears; in the new version, Laurie is thrown from a balcony by Michael, but when he checks her body, she has disappeared. In the original, Michael found Laurie hiding inside a wardrobe closet; in the new version, Laurie thinks Michael is hiding inside a wardrobe closet (only he is not). Laurie also appears from the shadows behind Michael in the newer version as Michael did to her in the original. Finally, she stands outside a school looking from across the street, just like Michael did to her.
  • At the very end of the film after the credits you can hear Michael Myers breathing through his mask
  • Body count: 19. (The bus driver, and guard (who tells the boy to run) (Hawkins later mentions that Michael Myers overpowered them in his escape), the boy and his father, a replay of the murder of Judith Myers from the first film, the gas station cashier, mechanic, the two journalists in the bathroom, the old woman in the kitchen, the young woman stabbed through the throat, Vicky, Dave, Oscar, Hawkins, Dr Sartain, the two deputies and Ray). Of these, only Hawkins is not killed by Michael Myers. Eight of these deaths occur off-screen. Whether Michael Myers dies is debatable, as you can hear his breathing after the credits.
  • Laurie finds Ray's dead body on a shelf in the closet in Halloween (2018), drawing a parallel to where she finds Lynda's body in Halloween (1978), on a closet shelf.
  • In the scene where Allyson is in class, Laurie is seen standing across the road through the classroom blinds, practically identical to the 1978 original when Laurie looks out the window and sees Michael. This is one of multiple reversals of scenes from the original movie.
  • Laurie uses a Winchester to defend herself against Micheal. It is interesting to note, in the original 1978 film, the young Laurie and the children she babysits are watching Howard Hawks' 1950 classic film version of The Thing (which John Carpenter would remake in 1982). Winchester is not only Hawks' middle name, but he also named his production company Winchester Films. In the 1978 version, Carpenter shows the Winchester Films logo before the opening credits of the 1950 The Thing. Carpenter acknowledges Hawks as a major influence.
  • 3rd time in a Halloween movie where Michael is burned. He was burned in Halloween 2 (1981) and Halloween Resurrection (2002).
  • First film in the series in which Michael kills a young child
  • There are deaths that mirror the previous films: -Dave was pinned to the wall with a knife (Bob, 1978) -Kevin was choked by Michael who was sitting in the backseat (Annie, 1978) -Dr. Sartain's head was stomped flat by Myers (Howard, RZ H2 2009)
  • Some scenes contained Easter eggs to Halloween II (1981): * Michael being run over resembled Ben Tramer's demise. * The owner of the house with the motion sensor lights is named Mr. Elrod. * The woman with the curlers killed by Michael with a hammer is meant to resemble Mrs. Elrod. * One of the boys Myers bumps into is carrying a boombox, a nod to the scene from the movie. * Allyson and her friends talk about Laurie being Michael's sister only for it to be debunked. * The climax of the film had Myers being burned alive.
  • The neighbor that Michael kills while she talks on the phone to her friend Sally is named Alice. Michael also killed Alice Martin in Halloween 2 (1981), while she was talking on the phone to her friend, also named Sally.
  • When Michael kills the woman with a hammer, she is wearing hair curlers and a red bathrobe, and there is a cutting board with ham and the iconic large chef's knife. This nods the to scene in Halloween 2 (1981) where Michael steals the knife from Mrs. Elrod, a woman in curlers and a bathrobe, as she's cutting ham on a cutting board.
  • After the filming was completed in February 2018 and first 135 minutes long cut of the film was put together, it was test screened to an audience sometime in April. Following the one or more test screenings, it was decided to re-shot some parts of the film and most of all change the ending, mostly due to reactions of audience on the original ending. New ending was filmed in June, and this is the one which ended up in the final film. According to the leaked script and test audience reports, original ending had very different and much shorter version of the final confrontation between Michael and Laurie. After she wounds him by shooting some of his fingers off and goes around the house trying to find him, they eventually end up outside the house where Laurie tries to shoot him but realizes she's out of bullets so she takes her own knife and gets into knife fight with Michael during which she cuts him in the arm the same way he cut her forty years ago, but he also manages to stab her in the chest, and as he's about to stab her again, Karen shoots him in the back with crossbow arrow, heavily wounding him. Then while she and Allyson are carrying wounded Laurie away while she's begging them to go back and kill him, wounded Michael goes into the woods and then ends up at the clearing near Laurie's house where her mannequins are and sits down against a tree, heavily breathing and as it's implied by the script, possibly even finally slowly dying. Trailers for the film, specially the earlier ones, and behind the scenes footage show some of the deleted and alternate scenes from the film, like Dana's shower scene where Aaron scares her by wearing Michael's mask, but they also show several parts of original ending, like Michael and Laurie's knife fight. Some of the other deleted scenes include Allyson finding a dead butchered dog hanging upside down on a tree, alternate death scenes for Aaron and Dana, Laurie and Karen talking in Haddonfield Community Center, Allyson comforting Laurie after restaurant scene, extended scene of Laurie on her gun range, Allyson sitting on the school bench and talking with Cameron and Oscar, police arriving to the school dance and arresting Cameron. Some other scenes were also added during re-shoots, like Laurie giving Allyson the money she got from Aaron and Dana, and flashback scene where Karen tells Allyson about her childhood and growing up with Laurie training her to be ready for Michael's return.
  • In the gas station scene, whenever Jefferson Hall as Aaron Korey walks in the garage and finds Michaels Myers victim bludgeoned, there is a vehicle on the lift that has the name "Jimmy". Jimmy is the paramedic who has a interest in Laurie Strode in the original Halloween II (1981).
  • Ray (Allyson's father) discovering the two cops, who were killed offscreen by Michael in the cop car, is similar to Halloween 5 (1989), when Tina discovers the dead bodies of Deputy Nick and Tom, in the cop car who were both killed offscreen, by Michael with a pitchfork.
  • When Allyson walks down the street with her friends, Dave claims to have heard that Laurie Strode was Michael Myers's younger sister; however, Vicky says this was made up by other people to make themselves feel better. This is a clear jab at Halloween II (1981), where Laurie was famously revealed to be Michael's baby sister, a fact that even she was unaware of. Writer John Carpenter later admitted that he wrote the script for Halloween II primarily for the money; he had included the family relation between Laurie and Michael simply as a plot device, something which he later regretted. Since this film ignores Halloween II, the record is set straight again.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis revealed to Chris Hardwick on his podcast that she performed the sounds of the baby crying when Michael walks through the house after slaughtering the resident with a hammer and grabbing a butcher's knife from the kitchen.
  • The manner in which Michael kills Dr. Sartain by crushing his head apart, is similar to Rob Zombies Halloween 2 (2009), when Michael kills Howard by crushing his head to a bloody pulp.
  • In the flashback scene where young Karen, played by Sophia Miller, is shooting the bolt action rifle you can hear the word "GOTCHA" as the rifle bolt is racked. This is foreshadowing to the end of the film where adult Karen, played by Judy Greer, says, "GOTCHA!" as she shoots Michael Myers.
  • Michael kills 123 people throughout the entire franchise.
  • Carmela McNeal and Michael Smallwood are credited as "Sexy Nurse" and "Hunky Doctor" and they're both in the next installment "Halloween Kills" this time as "Vanessa" and "Marcus".
  • At the School Dance segment, right before Allyson finds Cameron drunk and kissing one a girl dressed like a tiger, the camera shows a student wearing a mask of a traditional Japanese anime girl. It's possible that the mask is a Kigurumi Animegao, which is a popular subculture in Japan amongst cosplayers where a person wears an outfit over a skin-colored zentai or morph suit made of spandex or lycra and a full-head mask that makes them look like an anime character. Due to the mask being a little heavy and not having moving mouth parts, the cosplayer generally has to mime and use sign language for communication, and some utilize chalkboards and whiteboards to communicate as well.
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