I have never been a fan of the idea that Laurie Strode was Michael's sister and I think it was a dumb retcon. It does, however, give an explanation for why he comes after her again. This film gives a rather half-baked hypothesis muttered by a nutjob psychiatrist but doesn't really come up with a satisfactory reason why one-note Michael is back for this grey-haired former babysitter from forever ago.
|Posted: 07 July 2019 at 8:20pm | IP Logged | 7
SPOILERS for the 2018 Halloween.....
Peter, I would argue that in the new Halloween (which I love but concede has flaws), Michael is never really after Laurie Strode at all. She is the one obsessed with him in this film, not the other way around. The "nutjob psychiatrist" talks about how his pursuit of Laurie is what has kept him alive all these years, but taken solely on the evidence in the film, this is just talk. Michael has not spoken or communicated in any other way in 55 years, so there is nothing he could have said or done that indicated he was obsessed with her.
Once he has escaped custody and returns to Haddonfield, we never see him make any effort to try and track her down...he merely comes back to Haddonfield because it's home. He does end up pursuing Laurie's granddaughter at one point, obviously, but it plays out as a coincidence to me, with nothing indicating that he has any idea who she is. It seems to be the first time he has ever seen her.
Even the first time Michael and Laurie lock eyes on each other, he doesn't go after her...he flees the area. Yes, Michael does go all-out to kill Laurie at the climax, and it does seem personal to him at that point, but even there, he and Laurie were only in the same place because another character orchestrated things to play out that way.
So yeah, based on what happens in the film, I don't think this Michael has the same obsession with killing Laurie or her family that he had in the now-erased sequels or the Rob Zombie films. He does want to kill her, but not really any more or less than he wants to kill anyone else.
(To be fair, a few of the deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray DO suggest that Michael was indeed stalking Laurie's family on Halloween day and that he did in fact know who Laurie's granddaughter was. But since they are not in the film itself.....)