The most anticipated horror movie of 2018 is, hands down, the Halloween reboot, currently brewing at Blumhouse, targeting an October release date the will coincide with the 40th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s original. Carpenter himself has approved the concept, and Halloween 2018 is being helmed by David Gordon Green who co-wrote the script with his frequent collaborator Danny McBride.
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McBride recently moved to Charleston, SC, and the local paper was eager to conduct an expose on the city’s newest celebrity resident. The interview, conducted by Kevin Young of Charleston City Paper, inevitably drifted towards the Halloween reboot. While the entire interview is worth a read, here are the parts that are of most interest to horror fans.
On Halloween 2018: “I’m being a little bit tight-lipped at the moment. As is David, too. I was a really big fan of that series of Michael Myers. We sat down for a few weeks, tried to come up with a take that made sense, and felt like it was being true to the original. Then actually had to go in and pitch to John Carpenter and see if it got his seal of approval. He liked it. He liked what we were doing and wanted us to go for it. It’s hugely inspiring. He’s been one of my personal favorite directors ever since I was a kid. The chance to meet him and the chance to try to expand upon what he created and to have his blessing, it’s just unreal.”
On the Tone of the Film: “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.”
Here’s what McBride had previously revealed about Halloween 2018:
Per Dread Central:
“It’s not a reboot; it’s not gonna be a rehash,” said McBride. “It’s a continuation of Michael Myers – where we’re choosing to continue it from, you’ll have to see when the movie comes out. I’d already seen all these movies, but I’ve really been studying them now and just thinking about all the people that have been hired to make a Michael Myers movie. Just trying to avoid any mistakes that those people might’ve made. The first Halloween is scary as shit. And the second Halloween is scary, but not as scary. And then from there, it isn’t as scary. And I really think that what happens with it is that he basically becomes Frankenstein. No matter what anyone hits him with, he’s not gonna die. There’s no suspense.”
“We’re just trying to play with that. Make him real. Not make him real by giving him some crazy backstory either. Just getting back to the basics. Even the moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary. So all that kind of stuff to us… those are the things that took an amazing idea and took it somewhere it wasn’t quite as effective.