Indie maverick Jason Blum has gambled with fate and fortunes on his path to creating Blumhouse, a scrappy production company that reinvented the horror formula with successes like Insidious, Sinister, The Purge, and Get Out. When it comes to the hotly anticipated reboot of John Carpenter’s Halloween (first released in 1978), however, the fear practitioner is upping the ante; he’s betting his life!
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While one has to assume Blum was being facetious, his comments were nonetheless impassioned. With Halloween 2018 yet to begin filming and many issues still up-in-the-air, some were beginning to doubt if the film (helmed by writer/director David Gordon Green and his co-scribe Danny McBride) would make the target.
Bite your tongue!
Blum: “[If Halloween doesn’t hit theaters next October] you can kill me. You can behead me. You can chop my hand off; you can cut my hand off. That’s on the record.”
Of course, Blum probably won’t mind the beheading and de-handing is being killed is Step 1!
Green and McBride recently appeared on Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show where they dished extensively on their approach to reinvigorating the franchise. The video is over 2 hours long, but the good folks at Dread Central pulled the juiciest excerpts for us.
It’s exciting to hear how McBride and Green plan on upping the terror by going back to basics, stripping Michael Myers of the supernatural trappings that were the villain’s hallmarks in the franchises’ later sequels. They also confirm that they are on target to deliver Halloween 2018 on October 19th (2018, duh) with shooting set to begin in fall.
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.”