In light of the announcement that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are bringing Halloween back to life alongside Blumhouse and the legendary John Carpenter, much attention has been turned toward the potential casting choices of the iconic Dr. Sam Loomis. Most recently, a petition for Robert Englund to portray the character has made its rounds on the internet. While seeing Englund crossover from one revered horror franchise to another would be a dream come true for fans, perhaps the best way to approach Halloween is to not feature Dr. Loomis at all.
As part of the announcement last week, McBride stated that Halloween would not be a remake, but instead would fall in line with the mythology of the first two installments. Some have speculated that this means it will take place between the second and fourth films, essentially rendering Halloween III: Season of the Witch non-canon – though we feel as if the events of that film will stand just fine since the story and timeline are unique from the rest of the series anyway.
Since, however, the new film will pick up shortly after the events of the 1981 sequel, it’s important to remember the fate of Dr. Loomis in that film. Not only was he stabbed in the stomach by Michael Myers, but he immolated himself by explosion in an attempt to kill the villain.
I don’t know about y’all, but if I were stabbed in the gut and cooked like turkey, I’d either be dead as dead can be or laid up for some much needed R&R. What kind of shape is Dr. Loomis in to be tracking down the beast that nearly killed him? After the ’81 sequel, we don’t meet Dr. Loomis again until 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. In that film, a comatose Myers is being transferred to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium by ambulance, but awakens and escapes after hearing that he has a niece. Michael returns to Haddonfield while a severely scarred Dr. Loomis gives chase, and the two reestablish their “relationship” from the earlier films.
Rather than feature Dr. Loomis in the new film and give us more of the same, my unrequested suggestion is that McBride and Green leave Samuel to recuperate from his injuries (unless you want to put Englund back in his Krueger makeup, because that’s what Loomis probably looks like immediately following the second installment) and give us something fresh with that healthy dose of beloved franchise familiarity.
We know that Myers ends up in captivity again between Halloween II and Halloween 4, so keep us on our toes as to how that happens. With no Dr. Loomis, there’s an element of much needed surprise the film can offer, and for the eleventh film of a horror series, that’s damn exciting.
What say you? Do you think Dr. Loomis is a necessary inclusion or would the film be better served without him? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you want to see!