The New Halloween Was Supposed to Have a Much Darker Ending

Ryan Green, Universal Pictures
Ryan Green, Universal Pictures

​David Gordon Green's Halloween—the sequel to John Carpenter's classic 1977 horror film, which brought back the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and saw the return of Michael Myers after a nine-year break in the franchise—was a bona fide hit when it arrived in theaters last month. But the film that made $77.5 million in its opening weekend in North America looks a little different than its makers originally intended. According to ​Bloody Disgusting, an early draft of the script saw Laurie ultimately meeting her fate at the hands of Michael.

The May 2017 version of the script includes Laurie leaving Karen (named Jamie in this script) and Allyson, her daughter and granddaughter, in hiding after she runs out of shells in her shotgun. There is then a callback to the original Halloween, as Michael seemingly traps Laurie in a closet ... only to discover that she has tricked him and isn't really there. Laurie then appears and stabs him repeatedly with a screwdriver, but Michael is able to overtake Laurie and strangle her.

Karen then appears and is able to push Michael out a window, but he vanishes into the night—again, similar to what happened in the original film. Karen and Allyson go find Laurie, only to discover her lying lifeless on the floor.

It's interesting to see such a flip in the film's script not too far back. The change in ending definitely left audiences with a more hopeful feeling, as although Michael seemingly made it out alive, the three generations of women were made closer than ever.

The choice to keep Laurie alive might be a way to set up a sequel, should Green continue with the franchise. Based on the film's box office tally, we're sure those conversations are already taking place.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.

While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]