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.

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”


Alex and Ani

The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

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