Although there are more than quite a few Halloween films, the 2018 entry in the horror film franchise wiped most of those from continuity. As a result, the 2018 Halloween was a direct sequel to its 1978 predecessor. This creates an interesting connection between the two, because it means the events of the original have fueled Laurie Strode’s trauma for the past 40 years. With Laurie living life as something of a hermit, disconnected from her daughter, and eager to hunt down Michael Myers and kill him with an assortment of weapons – it’s clear that she’s not exactly in good mental health. As such, there’s a theory that suggests she was actually the one to have snapped and orchestrated the bus crash in Halloween that let Michael Myers go free.
If you pay attention to the scene where the prison bus is preparing to leave, Laurie Strode is seen drinking and crying as she watches the bus. It’s clear she is breaking down and we don’t see her again until she meets her family and has another meltdown. At some point in between, Michael Myers has escaped. As such, it isn’t exactly hard to connect the two events and suggest that maybe Laurie orchestrated the prison bus crash. Especially if she really wanted Michael Myers to escape so she could kill him.
While it’s generally suggested that Dr. Sartain was the one who orchestrated the crash, it’s clear that his obsession with Michael Myers isn’t that different from Laurie’s. Which makes it even easier to believe that Laurie Strode might’ve had the same idea in mind to help Michael escape. It’s definitely an interesting theory, and one that could have easily been made the main plot of the film had Dr. Sartain not been written to be the villain.
While Halloween Kills didn’t touch upon this theory, it’s possible that it could be used as a revelation for Halloween Ends. After all, with that film being the final part in this trilogy, it would be a fitting way to bring everything together. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next year.
The highly anticipated sequel Halloween Ends will be hitting theaters on October 14, 2022.