Breaking down the new Halloween footage and panel from SDCC

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: (L-R) Yvette Nicole Brown, Jamie Lee Curtis and David Gordon Green speak onstage at Universal Pictures' "Glass" and "Halloween" panels during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: (L-R) Yvette Nicole Brown, Jamie Lee Curtis and David Gordon Green speak onstage at Universal Pictures' "Glass" and "Halloween" panels during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /
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During the Universal Pictures panel at San Diego Comic Con, the studio blew fans away with the new footage of Halloween.

The upcoming horror film Halloween will be the return to the original Halloween story, serving as a direct follow-up to the original 1978 film. This will see the return of fan favorite and original Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis, who will reprise the role of Laurie Strode, tortured survivor of the Michael Myers massacre.

During the insightful panel at SDCC, Curtis talked about the real life horrors of PTSD and all aspects of trauma for a surprisingly emotional panel that brought one man to tears. In the beginning of a Q&A, one fan shared his story of surviving a home invasion that he credits to Curtis and the film whom he drew strength from. Curtis left the stage to embrace the man, where they were given a chance to interact and melted the hearts of a crowded Hall H panel.

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Aside from the notion of horror bringing unity to the room and celebrating a franchise surviving for 40 years, Universal debuted footage from the new film that was absolutely necessary in reminding viewers how Myers is still a modern horror legend. In the footage shown, Michael stalks a woman in a neighborhood during Halloween night, sneaking into her home and brutally killing her off-screen. It then leads into the masked killer’s pursuit of another victim by allowing us to see and hear his terrifying aggression in what appears to be filmed as a single shot with perfect pacing.

What makes me positive this will resonate with viewers is the suspenseful scenes that occasionally follow his perspective – keeping you on edge and holding your breath. Even as someone who is an avid horror lover, at least two moments in the exclusive SDCC footage caused me to have that traditional jump-scare reaction.

After seeing a lengthy (and artistically filmed scene) there is extra footage similarly to an extended trailer, where we see Laurie prepping her family as much as possible – even if they think she’s “crazy” from her constant paranoia. Laurie has become skilled in combating a horror villain when we see what appears to be her doing the stalking of her tormentor, or seeing her own life in danger as Myers picks the Scream Queen up by the throat in an attempt to finish the job he started 40 years ago.

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Halloween will slash its way into theatres starting October 19, 2018. Are you planning on watching the new Halloween film? Sound off below!