In the era of remakes and revivals, no genre is safe and any movie can go through it at any moment – even those considered as “classics.” The horror genre is no stranger to remakes and revivals, and John Carpenter’s Halloween is the most recent addition to the list.
A new Halloween movie was announced last year, but only recently was the creative team revealed, with John Carpenter on board as executive producer and co-writer, along with Danny McBride (This Is The End) and David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) in charge of directing. However, the main question concerns whether or not this a remake or a new story.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Danny McBride explained where this new Halloween movie falls within the mythology we already know – and if you are not a fan of remakes, especially after Rob Zombie’s take in 2007, you’ll be pleased to know this will be a continuation.
“You know, it’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.”
The slasher sub-genre has been quiet these last years, but McBride promises this will be a true horror film, going back to the franchise’s slasher roots.
“Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. Halloween has always been one of my favourite movies of all time. There’s a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.”
A big part of the appeal of slasher films is that they don’t need many elements to create a killer: a weapon, a costume, and they are ready to go. While Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II attempted to provide a backstory to killer Michael Myers, truth is that it wasn’t necessary and it drifted away from the essence of the character and the franchise in general.
The Halloween series hasn’t had a consistent storyline, so it’s a relief knowing that the creative team behind this new film will take the first two into account in order to create a coherent story. It’s only a matter of waiting until October 19, 2018 to see what Michael Myers has been up to.
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