With less than a month to go until its premiere in theaters and on the streaming service Peacock, the final trailer for Halloween Kills has been released, teasing Michael Myers’ latest brutal rampage across Haddonfield on Halloween night. And while the upcoming sequel directly continues the story from the 2018 revival film, which streamlined the continuity of the film series to only include the original 1978 film, there are plenty of Easter eggs and allusions to other films in the iconic slasher franchise for longtime fans to spot.
Here are all the nods to prior films in the franchise included in the final theatrical trailer ahead of the film’s wide release this October.
The trailer opens with Lindsey Wallace, one of the kids Laurie Strode babysat on that fateful Halloween night in 1978 all grown up and learning that her children were being menaced by Michael Myers. Kyle Richards reprises her role as Lindsey, and is joined by Anthony Michael Hall, who takes on the role of Tommy Doyle, the other kid Laurie babysat, in a role originated by Brian Andrews.
Another returning character is Nancy Stephens as Nurse Marion Chambers, whose car is attacked by Myers, striking it from above, echoing how he attacked her in the original film when he broke out of Smith’s Grove Sanitarium. Stephens previously reprised her role as Nurse Chambers in 1981’s Halloween II and 1998’s Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.
When Michael Myers first faces off against Lindsey again, he is seen holding the decapitated head of someone wearing a Silver Shamrock mask. Later in the trailer, two additional victims of The Shape are seen left in a playground carousel similarly wearing Silver Shamrock masks in a macabre crime scene.
The Silver Shamrock masks were introduced in 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch as an integral part of a murderous plan by the Silver Shamrock Novelties company to instill respect in pagan witchcraft by murdering all the children wearing the mask nationwide on Halloween night through an ancient Celtic ritual. Trick-or-treaters seen wearing the Silver Shamrock masks were briefly seen around Haddonfield in the 2018 revival film.
As Laurie recovers from the wounds she endured in her climactic showdown with The Shape at the end of the 2018 Halloween, she is taken to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. There, she learns Michael Myers has survived his fiery trap and is cutting a new path across town before teaming up with her daughter and granddaughter to put the serial killer down for good.
Haddonfield Memorial Hospital was the primary setting for 1981’s Halloween II, where Myers followed Laurie and slaughtered much of the hospital’s night shift as he continued hunting Laurie while she recuperated from their initial encounter on Halloween night 1978.
With Michael Myers eluding the authorities throughout the 2018 film and his latest killing spree steadily racking up quite the body count, the local populace of Haddonfield has understandably had enough of the slasher rampaging through their neighborhood relatively unchecked. In response, an angry mob forms and begins searching Haddonfield to deal with The Shape and take the law into their own hands.
The premise of Haddonfield’s locals rallying together and taking up arms to put down Michael Myers themselves was a major part of the climax to 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Featuring a mix of police officers and locals after the police station was massacred by The Shape, the mob was successful in tracking down Myers and gunning him down on the spot in the final moments of the film.
As Laurie and the authorities track Michael Myers’ rampage, they discover that he is making a clear path from Laurie’s remote home on the outskirts of town back to his childhood home in Haddonfield. A clip of the 6-year-old Michael Myers is seen, following the boy murdering his older sister on Halloween night 1963.
This killing served as the prologue to the 1978 film, with the Myers house since abandoned by 1978 and where The Shape first crossed paths with Laurie when she swung by the property on behalf of her realtor father handling the property. By the events of Halloween Kills, it appears the house’s dark history has been forgotten, with a new family living inside. But they soon find themselves hunted by Myers, similar to the premise of 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection, where new residents were menaced by The Shape returning home.
Directed and co-written by David Gordon Green, Halloween Kills opens in theaters and streams on Peacock on Oct. 15.
Halloween Kills has released a last theatrical trailer revealing The Shape in bloody action. Here are all the nods to previous films in the franchise.