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movies, but Akkad rejected it as “too cerebral”. From what’s known of it, the rejected script had a post-modern twist, ironic given the massive success of the revisionist Scream a decade later. Alan B. McElroy, a self-confessed Halloween nut, rushed out a script in 11 days that focussed on Jamie Lloyd, the young daughter of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), orphaned following her parents’ accidental death a year earlier. Thanks to the revelations of the second film, fans now knew that young Jamie (Danielle Harris) was of course the niece of none other than Myers himself. It’s a well paced, punchy script that certainly feels like it was written by someone who understands and appreciates the series. With Curtis out of the picture, the film would be carried by Pleasence, now practically a household name thanks to the role of Dr. Loomis. As with the Watch the trailer for Halloween 4: return Of Michael Myers NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 10 43