On the hunt and refusing to play victim, Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her daughter (Judy Greer) pulled an amazing bait and switch on the masked maniac, shooting him in the head before trapping him in a bunker specifically designed to engulf him in flames.
The last shots showed three generations of Strode women victorious (though bloodied), while Laurie's house burned to the ground. The final sound: Michaels' breathing.
While Laurie's trap seemed meticulously planned out, the slasher genre is known for finding ways to revive its famous killers. And with the new "Halloween" sure to make a killing itself at the box office, the question is: what's next?
"My father used to say that he got this quote from Donald Pleasence, and the press was asking Donald, 'How many of these Halloweens are you gonna make?' and Donald would say, 'No, no, no, we're gonna stop, we're gonna stop at 22,'" producer Malek Akkad -- whose family has produced every film in the franchise -- told TooFab.
"So, my father used to always repeat that and in a way now I find myself saying it, so we're at 11, we're halfway there," he added.
"I think there's going to be some new and exciting ideas and avenues that we're going to explore even more, to keep it fresh and keep it going with new generations," he teased. "I don't know how to say this diplomatically, but the honest way I can say this is we have fantastically creative filmmakers and that's really the key."
While we were optimistic about Laurie's fate at the end of the film, director David Gordon Green suggested we maybe shouldn't be, giving Jamie Lee Curtis a possible exit strategy if she doesn't come back for more.
"In my head when we were filming, I was pretty sure she was dying, I just don't know that she died," he explained. "I don't know, in my head, she was bleeding out a little bit. But I don't know … you could save [her death] for the right installment. It needs it's own movie."
While John Carpenter balked at the idea of killing off Laurie when we spoke with him, producer Jason Blum said "you can't have that conversation" with Akkad. "That was a discussion that ended quickly," added Blum.
"Oh really? Ohhhhh. Are there a bunch of rules you have to follow? I didn't know about that," said Carpenter, who created the character alongside Debra Hill in the first place.
Akkad had no recollection of giving that mandate, but didn't consider it out of the question.
"Just as I was that producer on 'Resurrection' saying, 'Let's not make it definitive,' I could see myself saying that because doing these with Jamie is a whole other experience," he explained. "It just elevates everyone on set, everyone from the cast, to the crew to the execs to the marketing, everyone raises their game and it's all because of her and so that element alone is something that you don't want to give up."
"It's more satisfying for the audience," he said of the decision to keep Strode alive. "I think if she had been killed, I think it would've been more expected or not as satisfying as her surviving and that survival instinct of her winning out."
So far, Curtis has been mum on whether she'd take another stab at the series ... but fingers crossed!