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The Return of Horror Films

Updated: Dec 28, 2023

By Laura Blanco

Two classic horror film remakes are hitting the box office this spooky season. “Halloween Kills” releases on Oct. 15 and “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” releases on Nov. 24.

“Halloween Kills” is the 12th film in the series directed by David Gordon Green and is the second movie in the trilogy that started in October 2018 with “Halloween”. The trilogy began with Michael Myers serving time in jail after killing his sister Judith.

Myers escapes and goes back to his town of Haddonfield, Illinois to haunt his remaining family members and anyone who stands in his way. The ending of “Halloween” left viewers thinking Myers was dead in the burning basement, yet a post-credits scene revealed Myers breathing.

“Halloween Kills” follows the Strode women-- (Laurie, Karen, and Allyson--) as they escape Laurie’s basement, where they left Myers, to get Laurie treatment for injuries Myers caused in the last film, “Halloween”. As an added layer, it was revealed earlier in the trilogy that Laurie is Myers’ sister which is why he targets her and the other Strode women.

According to the Universal Pictures, the film studio behind the trilogy, “[Laurie] inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster.”

The political unrest that occurs in the film represents modern times, according to Jamie Lee Curtis, who plays Laurie.

“What we were seeing around the country, of the power, of the rage of voices, big groups of people coming together enraged at the set of circumstances, that’s what the movie is,” Curtis said in an interview on SiriusXM.

Senior graphic design major Ryan Parker is a fan of the horror film genre and is planning to watch “Halloween Kills” the day after it is released.

“I’m a huge fan of the horror genre especially the Halloween movie series,” said Parker. “The first one that came out back in 2018 was really good, so I’m excited to see how the story continues in the sequel.”

“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” is the origin story of the Capcom gaming company and the two “Resident Evil” games. Directed by Johannes Roberts, the film is based on the city becoming the base of the t-Virus zombie outbreak.

“I wanted to go back to the horror of it all. I wanted scares and atmosphere rather than full-on action,” said Roberts. This movie and the Capcom gaming franchise are separate entities as the movie is being made by a separate company than the one who developed the video game series.

Although the movies and games are made by two separate companies, the film’s planning was conducted in collaboration with Capcom.

“We worked very closely with Capcom. Every character and creature is from the game and as such, I wanted to be as faithful as possible. I wanted to create a truly immersive feeling for the fans,” said Roberts.

From traditional scary movie stars like Myers to zombie apocalypses, these classics are set to make a huge comeback this spooky season.

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