Halloween is a 2018 American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Jeff Fradley, and Danny McBride. It is the eleventh installment in the Halloween film series, and a direct sequel to the 1978 film of the same name, while effecting a retcon of all previous sequels. The plot follows a post-traumatic Laurie Strode who prepares to face Michael Myers in a final showdown on Halloween night, forty years after she escaped his killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprise their respective roles as Strode and Myers, with stuntman James Jude Courtney also portraying Myers. The film also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, and Virginia Gardner.
In October 2018, forty years after the massacre in Haddonfield, true-crime podcasters Aaron Korey and Dana Haines travel to Warren County Smith’s Grove Sanitarium to visit Michael Myers. They briefly interview Michael’s psychiatrist Dr. Ranbir Sartain, a former student of the now-deceased Dr. Samuel Loomis, before meeting with Michael in hopes of gaining some insight into his past actions before his transfer to a new facility. Aaron brandishes Michael’s mask at him, to no effect.
In Haddonfield, Illinois, Laurie Strode is living an isolated life, having been divorced twice, developed a strained relationship with her family and turned to alcohol. Laurie has prepared for Michael’s potential return through combat training. The following night, Michael’s transport crashes. Michael kills a father and his son who stumble upon the crashed bus on the road, and steals their car. The following day, on Halloween, Michael resumes his killing spree, killing several people at a gas station, including a clerk, mechanic for his overalls, as well as Aaron and Dana. He then recovers his mask and heads to Haddonfield. Laurie attempts to warn her daughter Karen, and her husband Ray, of Michael’s getaway, but they dismiss her concerns.
Later that night, Allyson, Karen’s daughter, finds her boyfriend Cameron Elam cheating on her at a school-sponsored Halloween dance, and leaves the party with his best friend, Oscar. Meanwhile, Michael kills two women. Allyson’s best friend Vicky, babysits Julian Morrisey, when her boyfriend Dave arrives. Michael suddenly appears and attacks Vicky. Julian tries to save her but Michael fatally stabs her, when she sacrifices herself to protect Julian. Julian flees, as Michael kills Dave. Deputy Frank Hawkins, who arrested Michael in 1978, and Laurie hear the incident over the radio and head toward the house, and find the bodies of Vicky and Dave. Michael suddenly appears, and he and Laurie come face-to-face for the first time in four decades.