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CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Halloween’ Panel with Danielle Harris and Don Shanks

Horror goddess Danielle Harris and Michael Myers himself in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Don Shanks joined CT HorrorFest organizer Christine Caprilozzi on stage for a panel September 14th at the horror convention.

The duo talked about working with Donald Pleasence, being a part of a massive horror franchise, the Halloween reboot and more. Danielle Harris opens up about the Blumhouse Halloween franchise while Don Shanks spills the beans on a kill that was left out of Halloween 5 which saw Michael slice and dice an entire SWAT team. read more

‘Halloween Kills’ Set to Start Filming in Wilmington, NC

As if October 31 doesn’t come fast enough, filming is already set to begin on Halloween Kills, the upcoming sequel to 2018’s Halloween, starring franchise legend Jamie Lee Curtis. Cameras will roll on Sept. 12 with the first scenes in Wilmington, NC according to the city’s local news.

The Port City is considered to be “Hollywood East” where many feature films and TV series have been made, such as The Crow, Iron Man 3, Virus (also starring Curtis), Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and One Tree Hill. The suburb area is perfect for a new nightmare in Haddonfield. read more

‘Halloween 2’ Gets a Writer

For those of you left wondering about the fate of Michael Myers following David Gordon Green’s 2018 film Halloween, you can wonder no more…maybe. Collider has announced that their sources are reporting that Blumhouse has given Scott Teems a crack at writing the script for the follow-up to last years farce film which saw the old Mr. Myers seemingly trapped in a burning basement while the three generations of Strode girls escaped the home.

According to Collider, ” Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer and Andi Matichak are all expected to return along with producer Jason Blum, whose production company will produce the sequel alongside Miramax and Trancas International Films — with Universal expected to once again handle distribution.” read more

Nick Castle Comments on His Future in the ‘Halloween’ Franchise

In a recent interview with Collider, Michael Myers star Nick Castle said he would love to return for a cameo appearance in a future Halloween sequel, especially if familiar cast and crew, namely Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter, come back as well.

With the release of 2018’s Halloween on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital this week, Castle also talked about his co-star James Jude Courtney and what is was like to pass the legacy on to a new Myers star.

“First of all,” Castle said, “He’s just such a lovely guy. And he talked about how he had looked at the movie, and studied me, and kinda channeled me, and has this whole thing that he talks about, about how he referenced the original performance. But he gave it his whole talent, his thing. His role, I think, comes up as stronger and more believable than the original guy. But maybe that’s what 40 years in a hospital does to people. So I think he did a great job with that. It’s interesting, also, ’cause I got those pictures of the two of us having the same mask on at the same time. And they’re the same mask. But you threw ‘em on different people, and they look different. So it’s like a very… and you have different personalities behind those masks, because you’re just a guy walkin’ around with a suit, and a rubber face. That was great.” read more

‘Halloween: The Changing Shape of an Iconic Series’: The Horror News Network Review

Fans and critics were certainly split over last October’s Halloween reboot.  While critics gave the film praise for updating the franchise for a modern audience, fans who have followed the series since John Carpenter’s original were less impressed, finding the film to be derivative and (the cardinal sin of any horror film) not scary enough.

Despite the mixed feelings about 2018’s version of Michael Myers tale, fans still hold the series in high regard, including some of the questionable later entries in the series.  Author Ernie Magnotta is one who certainly hold the films near and dear to his heart, but he also approaches the many Halloween films with a critical perspective in his new book Halloween: The Changing Shape of an Iconic Series. read more

Universal Shares ‘Halloween’ Deleted Scene

Mere weeks before the home video release of the latest entry in the Halloween franchise, an early glimpse of one of the special features is now streaming on YouTube.

From Universal Home Entertainment’s YT channel, the deleted scene features Aaron Korey (Jefferson Hall) and Dana Haines (Rhian Rees), the documentary filmmakers who are researching the masked killer Michael Myers, during a pretty solid faux scare.

Reprising her iconic role from the original 1978 film, Jamie Lee Curtis comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked killer who has haunted her since narrowly escaping the night he went on a killing spree forty years prior on Halloween night. read more

Counting Down the ‘Halloween’ Films from Worst to First

Hi everyone and Happy Halloween! On this, the most joyous of days, I figured that it would be appropriate to discuss the films that take their name from this most sacred of holidays: the Halloween franchise! Lists like this always stir up tons of emotions and cause arguments that may or may not result in fisticuffs but I’m going to throw caution to the wind and rate the franchise from worst-to-first.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Where to begin with Resurrection? How about we start with Busta Rhymes beating up Michael Myers with kung-fu? Nah…let’s get even sillier than that: Michael Myers gets his penis electrocuted…there it is. In this follow-up to the successful resurgence of the franchise with H20, the studio brought on original Halloween II director Rick Rosenthal to work on a god-awful script by Sean Hood and Larry Brand; they basically lifted the piece from The Curse of Michael Myers where the Howard Stern-like DJ wanted to broadcast from the actual Myers house and jammed it into this film – but instead of a live radio broadcast, Busta Rhymes hosts kids in a reality TV show in the Myers house. Whatever. The only saving grace here is that Jamie Lee Curtis is amazing with her ten minutes (even though her story is confusing as hell too); I suggest watching H20 and then the first ten minutes of this and then shutting it off forever. read more

Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Michael Myers ‘Halloween’ Action Figure: The Horror News Network Review

Halloween fans have been begging for a screen-accurate Michael Myers action figure from the 1978 original film for years. Thankfully, Mezco Toyz has stepped up to deliver a premium collectible that’s incredibly detailed for its size. From the high-end packaging, to the incredible likeness of the portrait, to the bounty of accessories, this figure is sure to make any Halloween fan happy!

I’ve pretty much stopped collecting statues and action figures under 12″ years ago because the quality isn’t always there with the paint aps and the sculpts can be hit or miss. Frankly, there’s only so much area to work with on a small action figure, and fans can only reasonably expect so many details on such a format. However, Mezo is defying all expectations with their One:12 Collective offering of Michael Myers. It simply has details on it that even figures twice its size can be lacking. As I posed the figure and swapped out hands and accessories for these photographs, I was surprised at the tiny details my camera was able to pick up. The figure’s signature coveralls are painstakingly stitched to cover the body and fit like real clothes. This is an incredible feat for the format, and I’ve seen costumes like this look like garbage bags on similar figures. Mezco have always been interested in detailed clothing since the dawn of their Living Dead Dolls line, and their expertise in the format transfers over beautifully to this figure. read more

Halloween Series Producer Talks Possible Television Series

In 2016 Halloween series producer Malek Akkad’s company Trancas International Films was reported to be developing a television series based on the slasher films, and now Akkad said it is still in the works.

According to Akkad, the TV series has actually been in development for much longer than the early reports.

“You know, it’s something that we’ve had for a long time and I definitely want to see it done,” Akkad said. “When we started doing it… this was in development about a decade ago. At the time, I think the thought was we don’t want to cannibalize the theatrical. Let’s keep it as a theatrical event movie. If that starts flowing down, we would address TV. Nowadays, we all know, TV is pulling out ahead of theatrical in a way that surprised everybody, certainly me.” read more

CT HorrorFest 2018’s ’40 Years of Halloween’ Panel with Nick Castle, PJ Soles and Nancy Loomis

On Saturday September 15th 2018, three of the cast members from John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 film Halloween delighted the crowd at Connecticut’s annual CT HorrorFest convention with stories about working on the popular slasher film. The three were busy most of the day signing tons of Halloween memorabilia for the thousands of fans who flocked to the Danbury Ice Arena in hopes of meeting stars from their favorite films/television shows.

In attendance were Nick Castle, who played Michael Myers in the original film (he’s also reprising his role for 2018’s Halloween), PJ Soles who played Laurie Strode’s friend Lynda and Nancy Loomis (Kyes) who played Laurie’s other friend Annie Brackett. read more