With true crime documentary series and podcasts all the rage these days, it’s no wonder that Halloween (out Oct. 19) director and co-writer David Gordon Green turned to those formats to place a plot around his horror sequel. In the film, two new characters introduced are a couple of podcasters who pay a visit to Haddonfield to investigate the murders masked killer Michael Myers committed 40 years ago.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Green says, “They are studying the crimes of 1978 to learn more about the mindset of a madman.” The podcasters, played by Rhian Rees and Jefferson Hall, “Accidentally stir up the hornet’s nest.”
Reprising her role as Laurie Strode, Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis says: “I thought it was very clever, very modern. These British documentarians add that global fascination with true crime that now is very much part of the zeitgeist of all of our lives, if you’ve listened to Serial or [watched] Making a Murderer, or any of them, and I thought that was very clever.”
Laurie Strode takes on Myers, this time with the aid of her daughter, Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak), to make for a trifecta of three generations of Strode women.
“The first movie I was running more, and in this movie I’m hunting more,” Curtis told EW earlier this year. “[You] watch this woman take back the narrative of her life.”
Watch 3 just-released clips from Halloween below, the first of which features Curtis, Rees, and Hall.