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Like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which successfully combined fresh new material with a plethora of nostalgic nods to the past, Universal’s “Halloween” reboot manages to pick up where John Carpenter’s 1978 classic left off while paying sly homage to the original film and several of the sequels it otherwise ignores. Overflowing with inside jokes, visual references, and clever Easter eggs, this latest entry in the Michael Myers saga will reward keen-eyed slasher fans for years to come. Though by no means a complete list, here are 20 hidden gems that you may have missed the first time.
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve seen the film!
Roll - Credits - Halloween - Credit - Sequence
Roll the Credits: The new “Halloween” begins with a credit sequence that’s eerily similar to both the original film and its 1981 sequel. Virtually everything is duplicated, from the bright orange font, to the flickering jack o’ lantern on the left side of the screen, to the inclusion of the characters’ names beneath the actors portraying them, and the use of the coveted phrase “and introducing” before newcomer Andi Matichak’s name. A similar “and introducing” appeared before Jamie Lee Curtis’s name in the original, Danielle Harris’s name in “Halloween 4,” and Paul Rudd’s name in “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.”
Escape in the Night: The scene in the new film where the white-clad mental patients escape from the crashed bus that’s transporting them to a new facility is a clear visual echo to the chilling moment in the original film where Dr. Loomis and nurse Marion Chambers encounter a shambling horde of Smith’s Grove Sanitarium patients let loose by Myers himself.
Death - Driver - Seat - Murder - Boy
Death in the Driver’s Seat: The murder of the nameless young boy (played by Vince Mattis) whom Michael strangles after popping up from the backseat of a car deliberately references the tragic death of...
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