It’s been a couple months since we’ve had any updates on the Halloween Reboot currently in the works at Blumhouse. The film is being helmed by David Gordon Green who is co-writing the script with his frequent collaborator Danny McBride. In February, McBride offered some hints at the direction he and Green will take the established Halloween mythologies, and how the new film will be unique. To recap:
McBride: “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.” (Source) (https://www.cinemablend.com/news/1623589/where-the-new-halloween-will-fit-into-the-mythology-according-to-danny-mcbride)
We’ve got some new insights, recently spilled by McBride in an interview with i09:
McBride: “I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny. And it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed — that stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen. I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.”
I for one think McBride and Green are on to something great here. The original Michael Myers from Halloween 1978 was scary because he was unassuming; yes the mask made him terrifying, but beneath it all, he was just a regular dude—someone you wouldn’t think twice about if you passed him on the street. While hulking, superhuman Michael Myers makes for some exciting horror bubblegum, it definitely dilutes the genuine horror of the franchises’ roots.
What do you think about McBride’s revelation that the rebooted Michael Myers will no longer be supernatural/immortal? Let’s discuss in the comments section!