Fans of the Halloween series have mixed feelings about the new film set to be released next year. Many are concerned about the decision to create an alternate universe for this installment wherein only the 1978 original’s story line has happened. While we will have to wait and see the direction they take the plot, we now at least have an idea of the tone the film will carry. When asked by the Charleston City Paper whether or not the new film will match the original’s, co-writer Danny McBride stated:
We’re trying to. The original is all about tension. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) 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.
There is nothing wrong with bloody horror films. We here at Nightmare on Film Street are firmly in favor of mayhem and gore. There are some movies, however, that benefit from focusing more on tension than tendons. Halloween is definitely one of those films. The first half of John Carpenter’s original film is some of the finest work ever seen in the horror genre. There is little to no blood in the entire film, but this is especially true in the first half. Instead, Carpenter focuses on his characters, showing Myers stalk the young babysitter Laurie Strode as if he is a predator and she his prey. This causes a fight-or-flight response in the audience that was drowned out in the bloody cacophony of the Rob Zombie-directed remakes.
The new film is set to begin filming in January and is scheduled to be released by Halloween 2018. Danny McBride co-wrote the script with David Gordon Green, with Green set to direct. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think about the direction the filmmakers will be taking with the new film.