A quote that was muttered back in 1978 by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) in the original Halloween has resonated with me until the present days:
‘I met this six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.’
Dr. Loomis was describing his relationship with Michael Myers to Sheriff Brackett (Charles Cyphers) when warning him that evil was coming to his little town. Personally speaking, this description of Michael Myers is enough to keep me scared through countless good and bad sequels.
However, there will be another chance for those who fail to be scared by a monster that just won’t die. David Gordon Green, who will be directing the next Halloween, and Danny McBride, who will write the script, stated in many interviews that they want to make Michael Myers scary again.
The next Halloween, scheduled to premiere in October 2018 — 40 years after its original, will begin shooting this fall. And it already has many fans buzzing over it, especially when it comes to the two names attached to it. Both David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are filmmakers with a history with comedy instead of horror (Pineapple Express).
Many fans have argued against it, demanding a change to more horror-friendly filmmakers, such as Mike Flanagan (Occulus, Hush, Before I Wake). However, critics have asked fans for a more understanding view of the situation, stating that many horror classics came from minds that weren’t necessarily related to horror, the ‘kid friendly’ filmmaker behind Jaws comes to mind!
Both Gordon Green and McBride stated that they are huge John Carpenter fans, and also fans of the original franchise. Their goal is to not only make Michael Myers scary again, but also to go back to its origins and make a film that follows the first two films of the franchise, disavowing the remakes and the whole H20 storyline.
Also, McBride has shared his thoughts on why he loves Halloween and what he wants to do with it. He said that the simplicity and efficiency with how the first film was made is what makes the film work.
Whether or not he is being completely sincere, we cannot say anything except to agree with him. And if that’s not enough, John Carpenter has pledged his alliance to the project and placed his trust upon the two filmmakers. He has stated that, in addition to creating the score for the film, he will occupy the role of the executive producer and will help as a consultant on the story, if Gordon Green and McBride feel it’s necessary.
October 2018 cannot come fast enough!
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