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.


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.

Ultimate Michael Myers action figure by NECA

The Ultimate Michael Myers action figure was unleashed by NECA to tie-in with the smash-hit 2018 Halloween re-imagining movie.

“Based on his appearance in the thrilling new Halloween movie, this all new Michael stands over 7” tall and has received the Ultimate treatment, with over 25 points of articulation and tons of accessories. The Ultimate Michael Myers figure comes with two heads, knife, hammer, jack o’ lantern, interchangeable hands and more.”

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The Top 10 Scariest Horror Movie Villains and What Makes Them Scary

Horror movie fans love a great villain, and the best horror movie villains are listed below. These villains range from human to supernatural and leave a trail of bodies behind. Hands down, my favorite horror movie villain is Freddy Krueger because he was the very first horror movie villain that I saw and instantly became […]

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LoreCraft’s Latest Time-Lapse Sculpting Video Brings Michael Myers 2018 to Life

Last August when horror fans were bursting with excitement over the impending release of Corin Hardy’s The Nun, we shared a video of the single-monikered sculpture LoreCraft bringing a bust of the demon Valak to life. Presented in high-speed time-lapse, we watched in awe as LoreCraft turned lumps of clay into a visage so realistic we half expected it to open its mouth—and swallow our souls!

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In his most recent time-lapse sculpting video, LoreCraft takes a stab (pun intended) at one of horror’s most iconic villains, the scourge of Haddonfield: Michael Myers. He’s zeroed in on the lasted iteration of “The Shape’s” fish-belly white mask, one that’s wrinkled over the decades like actual skin. Set aside 5 minutes for yourself and watch Michael Myers come to life before your eyes!

According to LoreCraft’s Official Website:

Before beginning sculpts, Nicholas Brown has acquired degrees in Anthropology (BA from University of South Florida), Cognitive science (MA Cognition and Culture, Queens University Belfast), and an MSc in Neuroscience (University of Edinburgh).  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Behavioural Sciences in Belfast.  Primary areas of research interest; belief and behaviour, motivated reasoning, cognitive dissonance, cognitive biases, terror management theory, etc.

 Born in the Boston area, raised in Florida, Nicholas moved to the UK to pursue studies in brain and behavioural sciences where he currently still resides.

Nicholas Started sculpting in April of 2017 and has since been featured on the BBC’s “Art Show X”EsquireThe Daily Mail UKUnilad, Caters News, George Takei Presents!, as well as many others.

If you’ve yet to see 2018’s Halloween for yourself yet. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

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.

What do you think of LoreCraft’s Michael Myer’s bust? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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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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‘I’ll Kill You That Way’ – music video by the Slashstreet Boys

‘I’ll Kill You That Way’ is a 2018 music video by the Slashstreet Boys filmed and edited by The Merkins with the collaboration of Taco Truck.

The Slashstreet Boys is comprised of Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Ghostface and Leatherface. Posted on YouTube on 19 Octpber 2018, the video has already had over 7.7 million hits. It is available as a free MP3 here

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Police Department in Pennsylvania Has Fun On Halloween By Publicly Arresting “Michael Myers”

This year’s Halloween kinda-sorta changes the ending of John Carpenter’s original, adding to the final moments by letting us know that Michael Myers actually was apprehended on Halloween night back in 1978, and subsequently locked up in an institution. We don’t actually get to see Michael’s arrest in the film, which certainly would’ve made for an interesting scene.

But thanks to the Carlisle Borough Police Department in Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania, we now have an idea what it’d look like to see Michael Myers taken into custody like any ordinary criminal. As a fun Halloween prank this past Wednesday night, the CBPD staged the arrest of “Michael Myers,” sharing their catch with the world over on their Facebook page.

The page announced…

“Last night, the Carlisle Borough Police Department apprehended Michael Myers, a 61-year-old fugitive from Haddonfield, Illinois. Myers, known to law enforcement as The Boogeyman, was arrested by Ofc. Zach Saum. Myers was found wandering around near Union Fire Company.

Police arrested Myers after receiving a call from a concerned resident about a suspicious person in the neighborhood. “At first I didn’t think anything of him. I thought he was just a really tall trick-or-treater,” stated the resident, who did not want to reveal their name. “But he was still out there long after Trick-or-Treat was over, just staring into space. It was really freaky.”

Officers in Myers’ home state are unsure why he was so far away on Halloween night. “We were waiting for him all night and he never showed,” said Chief Hawkins of the Haddonfield PD. “It was strange, since this is his big night.” When Carlisle officers asked Myers why he came to the Borough, he wouldn’t say a word; he just kept breathing heavily.

UPDATE: After police removed his mask, they determined it was not Michael Myers, but instead Union Fire Chief Brian Hamilton. Hamilton was just trying to scare some of the firefighters at Union. This means the real Michael Myers is still out there, hopefully in Illinois.”

Gotta love the way Halloween brings out the horror spirit in everyone!


Stream John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN for free!

Exactly what it says! The good folks at Shudder are giving the masses 24 straight hours of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween for FREE! For those that wanna revisit the classic before they see 2018’s follow up, this is the perfect opportunity. Simply click on the graphic below!


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[VIDEO] Check Out The Details For Fan Film: ‘Halloween: The Face of Michael Myers’

Fan-made films based on our beloved horror franchises seem to be the new fad lately, and many fans are quite okay with this, including myself. Fan made film Never Hike Alone A “Friday The 13th” spin-off is a prime example of fan-made perfection and entertainment done right. I was actually wondering what would be next? Well, […]

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