Halloween (2018) 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 (franchise), picking up forty years after the events of the original film while disregarding the continuity of the previous sequels. Series co-creator John Carpenter serves as a composer, executive producer and creative consultant for the film while Jason Blum produces through Blumhouse. Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, respectively, with stuntman James Jude Courtney also portraying Michael. The film also stars Judy Geer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, and Virginia Gardner. The movie was released on October 19, 2018.
In October 2018, forty years after the massacre in Haddonfield, British true-crime podcasters Aaron Korey and Dana Haines travel to Smith's Grove Rehabilitation Hospital to visit Michael Myers. They briefly interview Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Ranbir Sartain, a former student of 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.
Laurie Strode is living an isolated life, having two failed marriages, a strained relationship with her family and a turn to alcoholism. Laurie has prepared for Michael's potential return through physical combat training. The following night, Michael's transport crashes. A father and his young son stumble upon the crashed bus on the road. Killing them, Michael steals their car. The following day, on Halloween, Michael murders a mechanic for his coveralls, a clerk while also killing Aaron and Dana at a gas station. 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 her close friend Oscar. Meanwhile, Michael resumes his killing spree, murdering an elderly woman in her home, and a teenage girl living next door. Allyson's best friend Vicky, babysits Julian Morrisey, when Michael suddenly appears and attacks Vicky. Julian tries to save her but Vicky tells Julian to run, sacrificing herself to allow Julian to escape. Michael fatally stabs her, as Julian flees. Vicky's boyfriend, Dave rushes to her aid, but is killed. 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. Michael flees and Laurie persuades Karen and Ray to seek protection in her heavily armed and guarded house.
Michael comes across Allyson and Oscar, killing the latter. Both Hawkins and Sartain, who is now working with the police, arrives and subdues Michael, but Sartain, obsessed with Michael's enigmatic motivations, murders Hawkins before he can kill Michael. Hoping to see his patient in to action, Michael instead awakens and kills Sartain, while Allyson flees into the woods.
Michael kills two police officers and takes their car, arriving at Laurie's fortified house and killing Ray. Michael breaks into the house, and attacks Laurie before pushing her over a balcony; when Michael goes to check Laurie's body, he finds it missing. Allyson arrives and is reunited with her mother. Although Michael finds them, Laurie, Karen and Allyson ambush him and trap him inside an underground basement, and Laurie sets the house ablaze. Laurie, Karen and Allyson escape by hitching a ride in the back of a pickup truck. As the house burns, a final shot of the burning basement is shown, with Michael nowhere to be seen. At the end of the credits, Michael's breathing is heard, indicating that he survived.
- Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
- Judy Greer as Karen Nelson
- Andi Matichak as Allyson Nelson
- James Jude Courtney as The Shape
- Nick Castle as The Shape (window shot)
- Haluk Bilginer as Dr. Ranbir Sartain
- Will Patton as Frank Hawkins
- Rhian Rees as Dana Haines
- Jefferson Hall as Aaron Korey
- Virginia Gardner as Vicky
- Miles Robbins as Dave
- Dylan Arnold as Cameron Elam
- Drew Scheid as Oscar
- Omar J. Dorsey as Sheriff Barker
- Rob Niter as Deputy Sheriff Walker
- Toby Huss as Ray Nelson
- Jefferson Hall as Martin
- Jibrail Nantambu as Julian
- Halloween (2018) is the highest-grossing movie in the Halloween (franchise) and the highest grossing slasher film in unadjusted dollars.
- Jamie Lee Curtis credits the film as living up to the original.
- The third Halloween film distributed by Universal Studios, the other movies that have been distributed by Universal are Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
- First Halloween film to be distributed by the Horror movie studio Blumhouse.
- The first Halloween movie to be released in October since Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.