Early Draft of ‘Halloween’ Script Ended With Michael Myers Killing Laurie Strode

Now that the David Gordon Green-directed Halloween has come and gone, I thought it would be fun to look back at an early screenplay that carried significant differences from script to screen. Last month, I shared with you the alternate opening that would have reimagined the original Halloween‘s final moments in which Dr. Loomis would be killed by Michael Myers. Now, we’re digging into Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley‘s early script that carried a vastly different finale.

SPOILER WARNING.

For those who have seen the 2018 Halloween, which is a direct sequel to John Carpenter‘s 1978 slasher classic, the film ends with the Strode family locking Michael in the basement and burning the house down. We don’t know if he’s dead and everything is left ambiguous.

The early screenplay, however, had a completely different finale.

In the May 2017 draft, Laurie, Jamie (name later changed to Karen) and Allyson still end up at Laurie’s house, only this time the action takes place upstairs. Michael is getting hit with a handful of bullets, but continues to get back up. Echoing the originally planned opening, Laurie runs out of shotgun shells as she attempts to unload one final blow into the Shape. After a few clicks, she flees down the hall, abandoning Jamie and Allyson, who are both hiding under the bed.

After a tense moment, Michael turns and pursues Laurie into a room with a closet lit up. In a throwback to the original, Michael attacks only to find he’s been tricked, and Laurie isn’t in there. As he walks back down the hall, Laurie jumps out of nowhere and stabs Michael with a screwdriver. In the meantime, Jamie and Allyson climb out of the window. Laurie stabs Michael over and over until he drops the knife and grabs her by the throat (also a callback to the opening scene with Loomis). Jamie watches all of the action from outside of the window as Michael gets stabbed one final time in the neck as Laurie goes limp and drops to the ground. Jamie then comes back in the house and goes on the attack, pushing Michael out of the window. He vanishes into the night. Jamie and Allyson then go to Laurie and confirm that she’s dead.

The film was originally going to end Laurie’s story (as we were originally promised) and introduce her daughter and granddaughter into the mythology for more films (the script doesn’t promise a sequel but it does end through Michael’s perspective with heavy breathing getting louder and louder). Interestingly, this all goes against the filmmakers’ continual narrative that Michael is just killing at random. Green has said on record that he removed the family dynamic in order to make it scary again, only to introduce a similar mythology with the Strode family. While Laurie may not be Michael’s sister, the Shape is now the Strode family’s cross to bear. New film, same franchise problem.

IN FACT, the filmmakers toyed with the idea of nearly killing Strode in early incarnations of the edit. You can even see footage from this big confrontation in trailers in which Laurie and Michael come face to face (see below). In that scene, we’re told, Laurie goes to stab Michael and ends up having the knife turned into her stomach. She allegedly didn’t die in early edits and there were even rumors of some filming taking place at a hospital, which would have been yet another callback to Halloween II.

I certainly hope some of these goodies end up on the home video release in January.

Halloween (2018) Steelbook Blu-ray Now Available for Pre-Order

Although director David Gordon Green’s Halloween – the most successful slasher film in the history of cinema (having just crossed $229 million at the global box office) may still be in theaters, it appears that Universal Pictures have made ready

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Halloween Overtakes Scream to Become the Biggest Slasher Film of All Time

Michael Myers has indeed come home. Three weeks into its release, David Gordon Green’s Halloween has earned a whopping $229.6 million worldwide, unseating Wes Craven’s 1996 meta classic Scream as the most successful slasher film of all time. And right

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Celebrate Halloween with This Trailer Round-Up!

With David Gordon Green’s critically raved about film Halloween still #1 at the box office for the second week in a row, we’ve rounded up some of the feature film’s trailers, television spots and clips to get you into the

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 186 – HALLOWEEN (2018)

Happy Halloween! We totally held back this episode just so we could release it on Halloween! Isn’t that smart and spooky of us? We hope you’ve got your costume, your candy and some time to kill because your favorite idiots are about to discuss 2018’s Halloween! (Review starts at 31:56)

Ever since the announcement of the newest installment in the franchise the horror world has been split right down the middle. While some welcome a fresh perspective on the original, many are fans are upset that their precious franchise has been changed. What did we think? Who fuckin cares?!

This guy’s not gonna leak all over my ice cream, is he? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 186!

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Halloween Slays the Competition; Still #1 at the Box Office

For the second week in a row, director David Gordon Green’s Halloween has slain its competitors and has broken box office records in the process. Having raked in an estimated $32 million domestically over the weekend, which brings its domestic

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#1 at the Box Office, Halloween Smashes Records

Three days into its release, David Gordon Green’s Halloween has smashed box office records, raking in domestically $77m during its opening weekend, making it #1 at the box office, while also rendering it the biggest horror movie opening EVER with

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(Spoilers) You’ll Never Guess Who Voiced the Baby in HALLOWEEN 2018

One of the most brutal moments of 2018’s Halloween, which just slashed into theaters nationwide this weekend, was when Michael Myers walks into a house through an open garage and decimates the domicile’s inhabitants. As he swings hammers and stabs knives, we hear a baby screaming in the background. Not only does it add to the intensity of the sequence, it has us wondering: “Is ‘The Shape’ evil enough to murder an infant?”

See the film to find out whether the tyke survives, but here’s a fun bit of trivia: Jamie Lee Curtis is the voice of the baby! She revealed this fact during Halloween’s screening at this year’s Fantastic Fest in September, but made the audience swear we wouldn’t tell until the film was released. She even demonstrated the crying live—and it was spot on!

Halloween killed it at the box office this weekend (pun intended) smashing all previous franchise records. The film was directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride and reunites Curtis with original Myers actor Nick Castle. Give the trailer and synopsis a look-see below.

Synopsis:
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him.

Have you seen 2018’s Halloween yet? Are you surprised to hear that Curtis was the voice of the crying baby? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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New ‘HALLOWEEN’ movie makes a welcome return to slash away its predecessors

You’re not afraid of the bogeyman? You should be! What can you say about a dream movie that no HALLOWEEN franchise fan thought would happen? For all intents and purposes,…

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‘Halloween’ Carves Out Massive $91.8M Global Box Office Opening

Last year, New Line Cinema’s It: Chapter One ignited a fire around Hollywood. It sent the signal that there’s a huge appetite for horror, which they would have already known if they looked bothered to look at the billion dollar Halloween industry that was booming all around them. Shit, just look at the Internet – October has become a month filled with fraudulent horror-themed clickbait articles written by faux pundits who still think Jason Voorhees was the killer in Friday the 13th. Point is, while we horror fans have a very personal experience with the genre, it’s penetrated pop culture in a way that’s unheard of (in thanks to part to “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things”). It’s only fitting that Michael Myers’ resurrection has slaughtered the box office competition. Shit, the newest Halloween is so big that it nearly beat the new October box office record, set by Venom earlier this month.

Early estimates have pegged the David Gordon Green-directed sequel to John Carpenter‘s 1978 classic at around $77.5M. The actuals will be reported tomorrow morning. We’re still waiting on the international numbers.

As for the mighty Venom, Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man spinoff earned another estimated $18.10M for a domestical total of $171.12M.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween tricked audiences and took another $9.71M for a $28.80M domestical total.

Updating as numbers are reported…