The upcoming Halloween movie, which will be directed by David Gordon Green and based on a script by Green and Danny McBride, will begin shooting in January. While little remains known about plot details for the project, the film will feature a highly-anticipated appearance by Jamie Lee Curtis as her seminal protagonist Laurie Strode and John Carpenter is set to provide the score. McBride recently sat down with the Charleston City Paper to explain the influence that the original 1978 film has on this project, and how he envisions the tone of the upcoming picture. Here’s what he had to say:
“Yes, exactly! We’re trying to. The original is all about tension. (In the original film,) Laurie Strode doesn’t even know that Michael Myers exists until the last minutes of the movie. So much of it you’re in anticipation of what’s going to happen and the dread that Carpenter spins so effortlessly in that film, I think we were really trying to get it back to that. We’re trying to mine that dread. Mine that tension and not just go for gore and ultra-violence that you see some horror movies lean on. To us, it was all about bringing back the creep factor and trying to find the horror in your own backyard, in our own homes.”
McBride’s statement should be a breath of fresh air for Halloween purists who haven’t been satisfied with recent iterations of the legendary franchise. He and Green seem to really know the material, and the participation of Curtis and Carpenter means fans will be getting a modern film closer to the original source material than ever before.
In the same interview, McBride was asked about his personal favorite horror films. He responded with some solid choices:
“The Shining and Halloween were always my favorites growing up. We didn’t have HBO or Cinemax when I was a kid, but I would record movies still. They were just like scrambled signals. I remember one night somehow I had recorded this horror movie called Chopping Mall. All of like six years of me growing up we had this film and it was all scrambled. In some areas the scrambling wasn’t too bad, so I would just watch that over and over again. I just loved it. It was just fun.”
Chopping Mall aside, McBride’s personal tastes and sensibilities seem to be perfectly aligned with this project! All of these developments should cause even the most skeptical of Halloween fans to feel optimistic about the potential for this movie. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on the film as they break!