Whether it was in a movie theater in 1978 or opening a door to a masked trick-or-treater, everyone remembers the first time they met Michael Myers. He's one of the most iconic psycho killers in horror movie history, inspiring the creation of creeping figures we met in the 1980s like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. He's so popular that this Halloween is delivering the next installment in his horror movie franchise, bringing back the original Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and featuring the startling music of haunt master John Carpenter.
It's no wonder then that Cold Case, which has the freedom to fly to any era it pleases, decided to take a sharp turn from true crime-inspired storylines to do an episode in its third season based on Halloween. For "Bad Night," the episode opens with scenes from Michael Myers' debut flick, then cuts to teens in the audience of the theater, clutching the arms of their seats and delightfully spooked by the spirited onscreen villain. Cut to Lilly Rush's case, and we soon learn one of these teens became a victim of a knife-wielding killer who was operating inspired by the one that was delivering shocks to viewers on the big screen.
From the start to its gutting conclusion, this episode is one that really keeps you guessing, with suspects including a teen who dressed as Michael Myers that year for Halloween. With a literal masked man and plenty of suspicious characters, Lilly spends the episode peeling back the mask to reveal the full story, and the atmosphere and action serves as a trick and a treat for fans of the teen slasher that spawned so many sleepless nights and just keeps on coming four decades later.
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