Circa 1968, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors - before everything goes to hell.
A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
After the filming was completed in February 2018 and first 135 minutes long cut of the film was put together, it was test screened to an audience sometime in April. Following the one or more test screenings, it was decided to re-shot some parts of the film and most of all change the ending, mostly due to reactions of audience on the original ending. New ending was filmed in June, and this is the one which ended up in the final film.
According to the leaked script and test audience reports, original ending had very different and much shorter version of the final confrontation between Michael and Laurie. After she wounds him by shooting some of his fingers off and goes around the house trying to find him, they eventually end up outside the house where Laurie tries to shoot him but realizes she's out of bullets so she takes her own knife and gets into knife fight with Michael during which she cuts him in the arm the same way he cut her forty years ago, but he also manages to stab her in the chest, and as he's about to stab her again, Karen shoots him in the back with crossbow arrow, heavily wounding him. Then while she and Allyson are carrying wounded Laurie away while she's begging them to go back and kill him, wounded Michael goes into the woods and then ends up at the clearing near Laurie's house where her mannequins are and sits down against a tree, heavily breathing and as it's implied by the script, possibly even finally slowly dying.
Trailers for the film, specially the earlier ones, and behind the scenes footage show some of the deleted and alternate scenes from the film, like Dana's shower scene where Aaron scares her by wearing Michael's mask, but they also show several parts of original ending, like Michael and Laurie's knife fight.
Some of the other deleted scenes include Allyson finding a dead butchered dog hanging upside down on a tree, alternate death scenes for Aaron and Dana, Laurie and Karen talking in Haddonfield Community Center, Allyson comforting Laurie after restaurant scene, extended scene of Laurie on her gun range, Allyson sitting on the school bench and talking with Cameron and Oscar, police arriving to the school dance and arresting Cameron. Some other scenes were also added during re-shoots, like Laurie giving Allyson the money she got from Aaron and Dana, and flashback scene where Karen tells Allyson about her childhood and growing up with Laurie training her to be ready for Michael's return. See more »
Early in the movie when Laurie is going through her guns, at one point she holds a stock-less shotgun to her face, aiming directly with her eye. This kind of shotgun could not be used in this way without incurring facial injuries. See more »
Not what I was expecting but still something pretty good
I really enjoyed the opening with the credit scene like the first one. A climax of kills leading us to the inevitable encounter between Michael and Laurie. Carpenter's touch on the score is amazing, as usual. Green pays tribute to the original with some scenes that look like "oh I remember that!".
In an era of questionable remakes and sequels of 70/80s slashers, Green's Halloween defends itself.
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