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To prepare us for the soon-to-be-released Halloween trailer (coming this Friday!), USA Today has obtained some exclusive first-look photos of the highly anticipated film.

According to USA Today, the plot of the film will take a page of inspiration from our fascination with true crime. This should help to bridge the gap between the current action and that of the previous films and, as star Jamie Lee Curtis says, “bring a modern audience into a 40-year old movie”.

A British documentary crew comes to the States to visit Michael in prison for a retrospective of the maniac’s night of terror but their project becomes way more interesting when Myers escapes custody, retrieves his signature mask and seeks revenge on Laurie, with others naturally being part of his impressive career body count along the way.

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Nick Castle – who terrified audiences as The Shape in 1978’s Halloween – will return to don the mask (splitting the role with actor/stunt man James Jude Courtney).

If the photos are any indication, Michael is back in full fighting form. That hand is huge.

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As we saw with the earlier release of the film’s official poster, they’ve paid a good deal of attention to getting the authentic aged detail of the 40-year-old mask just right. 

According to director David Gordon Green, Michael is “the essence of evil, so we don’t want to get too much into the specifics of what makes him tick. So much of what makes the boogeyman horrifying to me is the mystery and almost cat-like mannerisms and curiosity of this character.”

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We’ve also learned a bit more about Laurie Strode and how the traumatic events of the past have affected her – and her family – moving forward.

In the decades following the fateful Halloween night that forever altered the former babysitter’s life, Laurie has armed and prepped herself for Michael’s inevitable return — to the detriment of her family, including daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).

Curtis spoke to USA Today about Laurie’s mindset going into this fight 40 years later. “In this case, she is well-matched, she is prepared, she is focused. She will be the one people are standing behind when that moment comes, because she’s the one ready.”

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Genre giant Blumhouse is producing the film with director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride. John Carpenter has also returned to produce and provide the score.

The newest entry in the iconic franchise will arrive in theatres on October 19, 2018.

Stay tuned for the official trailer this Friday!