Halloween fans are used to being disappointed. However, after decades of false starts, inconsistency, and mind-bending retcons, our love of the original 1978 masterpiece has remained steadfast and our optimism for an effective follow-up has never been affected by a long line of attempts which never quite hit the high watermark that John Carpenter established with Halloween and arguably maintained with 1981’s Halloween II. Halloween (2018) was supposed to change everything. Directed by David Gordon Green and based on a script by Green and Danny McBride- the duo known for dark and complex non-horror titles such as Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals– the early hype for the film focused on a concerted effort to return to the franchise’s roots, both thematically and narratively. This mission was reinforced by another return of Jamie Lee Curtis as the iconic Laurie Strode, a guest appearance by Nick Castle as The Shape, and John Carpenter’s direct involvement in the franchise by acting as executive producer and providing music for the new film. And then came the trailer- a nearly perfect study in the recreation of the visual and auditory style of the original movie- which resulted in a fever pitch of anticipation for fans who were eager to believe that it was finally happening… he was finally going to come home in style! Unfortunately- and it brings me no pleasure to say this- the greatest moments of the film were all featured in that fateful trailer, and the new Halloween movie suffers greatly due to baffling choices with both story and character. There are fleeting moments in the film which will inspire even the most orthodox Halloween fan, but those moments are earned by the legacy of the franchise rather than the merits of the movie itself.
If you’re jones-ing for some new Halloween reboot news, you are in luck. Three new photos from the set have been released by Blumhouse Pictures, and they represent everything true Halloween fans were hoping for. These first glimpses from the set are glorious, and are a great teaser for the first official trailer due out at the end of this week.
Though most associated Danny McBride with the current project since he was the first to break the pre-production news, the Blumhouse Pictures reboot is filled with Hollywood heavyweights from the original film in 1978. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her iconic role as Laurie Strode, the brother of psychotic killer Michael Myers. Original Michael actor Nick Castle returns, and legendary mastermind John Carpenter will executive produce the film as well as lend his unique talents to the final cut again as composer. read more
Fans of the Halloween franchise have been pining for a trailer, teaser, poster…any new word about the new Halloween recently wrapped by Blumhouse Productions. Well, today Blumhouse, along with development director Ryan Turek, finally tweeted the first poster for the new film.
Set to release on October 19th, the new Halloween picks up where the original 1978 John Carpenter classic left off. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle (the original Shape) as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. Based on a script from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, the synopsis of the upcoming film reads: read more
As we reported back in October, the upcoming Halloween film will be a direct sequel to the 1978 film. At that time, original Halloween director John Carpenter said in an interview with Stereogum that the new Halloween takes place “in an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the other [sequels] were made.” That announcement, of course, set off a bunch of angry responses from fans of the franchise.
Just yesterday, speaking with Flickering Myth at the SXSW Film Festival, Halloween director Danny McBride stated that the 2018 Halloween does indeed reference the previous films in the franchise’s storied history. “We do [reference the other movies]. For fans, we pay homage and respect to every Halloween that has been out there.” read more
It may only be January, but Halloween is right around the corner. According to the “Halloweenmovies” official Twitter account (@Halloweenmovies), Saturday January 13th marked the official start of production on the new Halloween reboot. Tagging production companies Blumhouse, Trancas Films and Miramax, the message also included announcements of new cast members that are now on board as well. The tweet can be seen below.
The Halloween remake has caused quite a stir in the horror film community since being announced, unofficially, by comic actor Danny McBride (Aliens: Covenant) last February. At the time, McBride revealed that he and David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) had been contracted to co-write the script by Jason Blum and that the new movie would pick up after the events of the original 1978 film (disregarding all sequels.) Then John Carpenter, who was attached to the project as an executive producer, revealed that the new film would take place in “sort of an alternate reality.” Plot points have been few and far between, but this latest news on the start of production and the new cast members are a welcome sign that Halloween is progressing. read more
When you close your eyes and imagine Michael Myers of the iconic Halloween franchise, you’re likely picturing the signature shape of Nick Castle slowly stalking the streets of Haddonfield. Many great actors have come along since, but it was Castle who perfected the presence of The Shape in the original 1978 movie. And now… 40 years later… he’s back!
Bloody Disgusting reports that Nick Castle has signed on to reprise his role as Michael Myers in the upcoming 2018 sequel to Halloween. This announcement fleshes out an already star-studded reunion which includes a performance by Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and a score by John Carpenter. read more
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: read more
Try to bear with me on this one, folks, as it may get a bit confusing. Back in 1988, Michael Myers came back to the big screen after a 7-year hiatus. Last seen burning to death in the halls of Haddonfield Memorial Hospital in 1981’s Halloween 2, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers told us that Michael actually survived being shot in the face a few times and getting burnt to a crisp. Also in H4, we learned of the passing of Laurie Strode and are introduced to her daughter Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris). read more
We reported back in February that the next Halloween movie will be written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, and directed by Green. John Carpenter will serve as executive producer and he is considering composing the music for the film. Around the time of the announcement, McBride and Green alluded to the film being a literal or spiritual successor to 1981’s Halloween II. Now, Danny McBride has dropped another tidbit on the project that proves the group’s commitment to the earlier films of the franchise: the new Michael Myers will not have supernatural or immortal qualities! read more
John Carpenter has just shared some very interesting news about the next Halloween film on his Facebook page. The next film in the franchise will be written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green. The film will be directed by Green. The two have previously collaborated on several successful projects, including Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Down, and Vice Principals.
Check out Carpenter’s post below for all of the details: