SPOILER WARNING: This article contains massive spoilers for Halloween, in theaters now.
The latest installment of the Halloween franchise has been released, and while the new film ignores all but the events of the 1978 original film, it still includes a host of nods and references to previous entries across the entire film series. Given that the definitive slasher franchise has run for 40 years with 11 installments now out, the filmmakers had plenty of material to draw from and the revival contains everything from re-staging classic shots and sequences to blink-and-you-miss-it Easter eggs for eagle-eyed fans of the series.
It's important to note that something like references to previous characters, including masked killer Michael Myers' first victim, his sister Judith Myers or his psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, do not constitute Easter eggs; they are relatively essential to the premise of the film. Having said that, there are plenty of subtle nods throughout the film. Here are the most memorable of the bunch!
Tragic Last Names
The prologue to the new film has British investigative journalists Aaron Korey and Dana Haines attempting to speak with an imprisoned Michael Myers in Smith's Grove Sanitarium for their true crime podcast.
While Aaron's last name isn't an overt reference, Dana shares a last name with one of the ill-fated security guards from the prologue of 2002's Halloween: Resurrection. Given the untimely end of both characters at the hands of The Shape (aka Michael Myers), the two characters unfortunately share much more than just a last name.
For a surprising amount of the film, Myers is actually unmasked on screen, though the filmmakers are careful to never completely reveal his face to the audience. However, in a brief moment, Myers is shown to have a nasty-looking scar on one of his eyes.
This old wound is the result of Laurie Strode stabbing Myers in the eye with a coat hanger during the harrowing climax of the original 1978 film. Myers' mask similarly features scars of its own, with a noticeable hole in the neck from where Laurie stabbed her attacker with a sewing needle.
Routine Transfer Gone Wrong
Myers' inevitable escape in the film mirrors him breaking out of confinement in the original Halloween. The slasher escaped during a routine transfer by bus, resulting in mental patients wandering the roads aimlessly as they do in the new film as well. The escape is punctuated by another callback to the original.
As a young boy that discovers the crashed bus makes it back into his truck to notify the authorities, Myers has since snuck in the backseat and snaps his neck in his first on-screen kill in the film. This echoes the murder of Annie Brackett in the original film, who has her throat slit by Myers from the backseat of her car. She, of course, is the first kill the adult Myers is seen committing on-screen in the entire franchise.
A Familiar Dollhouse
Throughout the film, the childhood bedroom of Laurie's daughter Karen is seen with a blue dollhouse off to the side. The dollhouse is modeled after the infamous Myers home, where a young Michael murdered his older sister in 1963.
The bedroom also includes a familiar sunhat hanging above the bed. The same hat hung above Laurie's own teenage bed 40 years prior, a memento from days gone by, before Laurie Strode's life was changed forever.