In the first 15 minutes of 2002's surprisingly entertaining Halloween: Resurrection not only do we discover how Michael survived his decapitation at the end of H20 (it's actually quite clever and doesn't require magic, zombies, or anything supernatural) but we also learn that Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) has been a resident in a secure mental institution for the last three years.
Her paranoia that Michael will eventually find her comes true and the two have their final confrontation before the name of the film even hits the screen, with Laurie coming off the worse for wear.
The slightly baffling aspect of killing this iconic heroine so early in the film is that it is never referenced again, and you can't help feeling that, beyond discovering how Michael avoided the chop at the end of H20, Halloween Resurrection didn't really need this first quarter of an hour.
Then again, like the other entries in this franchise to date, Resurrection is not a long movie, coming in at under an hour and a half.
The bulk of film revolves around a half-dozen students - from Haddonfield University - who've signed up for a live-stream reality show where they spend the night in the childhood home of Michael Myers, supposedly looking for clues that might explain his homicidal antics.
Of course, the house has actually been empty for a couple of decades, so the show's producers - Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes) and Nora (Tyra Banks) - have gone in before-hand and spiced things up with fake props to suggest that Michael was brutalised as a kid.
The footage from the property has subliminal glimpses of Michael in it - to ramp up the tension for the audience - and Freddie even sneaks in dressed as Michael to spice things up for the would-be investigators.
The participants in the show - obvious 'Final Girl' Sara Moyer (Bianca Kajlich), Jen Danzig (a pre-Battlestar Galactica Katee Sackhoff), Bill Woodlake (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Donna Chang (Daisy McCrackin), Jim Morgan (Luke Kirby), and Rudy Grimes (Sean Patrick Thomas) - soon rumble that the "reality" isn't that real, but they hadn't bargained on the actual Michael Myers (Brad Loree) turning up.
Unsurprisingly, he isn't too impressed by having these kids mucking around in his house.
Intercut with scenes of the show being viewed at a Halloween party, simple voyeurism quickly turns into a live-streamed snuff movie as Michael does what Michael does best.
Like a real-life video game, Sara gets virtual help from her online friend, Myles Barton aka Deckard (Ryan Merriman), who feeds her information about Michael's location as they play cat-and-mouse in the derelict Myers homestead.
While far from perfect, Halloween: Resurrection makes some interesting observations on the nature of reality television (see also the recent American Horror Stories episode, The Naughty List), makes clever use of various camera styles (cutting in and out of the show's "live broadcast", rather than relying on it too much, as in a 'found footage' film), and a savvy script that seems about to drop the ball on several occasions before circling back and stylishly picking it up.
The first 15 minutes aside, kudos to scriptwriters Larry Brand and Sean Hood and director Rick Rosenthal for trying something a bit different with Michael Myers and the Halloween franchise that didn't require diving head-first into the crazy well.
The denouement is, naturally, very silly and predictable, keeping things ticking over for the sequel that never came.
And with that, we reach the end of the second Halloween timeline, just ahead of the arrival in cinemas of Halloween Kills, the second chapter of the definitive final trilogy from John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis, which only counts the original Halloween as canon. So Laurie's very much alive, but also very much NOT Michael's sister.
If you came here looking for gaming material, I'll refer you to my review of 2018's Halloween, which concludes with statistics for The Bogeyman, a Michael Myers-inspired creature for my dormant Frankengame project, which is easily adapted to any old school Dungeons & Dragons variant or retroclone.
FILMS WATCHED: 15
NEW TO ME: 11