True evil never dies, despite Hollywood's best efforts to dilute it with countless half-baked sequels, convoluted backstories about curses, and ill-advised reboots.
The Halloween series has endured all of the above during its 40-year lifecycle, yet Michael Myers always comes back from more, bloody butcher knife to hand and a pile of bodies in his wake. For all of the franchise's hackneyed flaws, nobody can question its longevity or the impact the original had when it landed in 1978.
It's been almost a decade since the masked killer last stalked Haddonfield in Rob Zombie's 2009 sequel Halloween II, which struggled to conjure up any real scares because its predecessor had sapped the mystery out of Myers and his evil ways.
Painted into a corner, Halloween is undergoing another reboot for 2018, and this one will be different to Zombie's uninspired retread of John Carpenter's low-budget classic.
There have been no less than nine failed attempts to recapture the formula that made The Shape an integral part of modern horror (well, technically eight, since Halloween III doesn't count). Could this be the sequel that finally does Halloween justice?