“He came home.”
John Carpenter’s sublime indie hit, Halloween, stunned audiences in 1978 and still drops jaws today. Carpenter created some of the best mythology the horror world has ever seen with the introduction of killer, Michael Myers. Cloaked in mystery, an unparalleled murdering machine, Myers remains an iconic character despite having gaping holes in his story. While we received several Halloween sequels, they all failed to do anything formidable with Myers and left us pissed off that such a beloved character would receive such garden variety sequel treatment. I’ve often said that with the exception of Halloween III, any other film besides the original was a complete waste; silly masks, ridiculous plots, and forced D list mythology.
The highly-anticipated Danny McBride/David Gordon Green co-written film is moving along full-force and began shooting in Charleston, South Carolina on January 13th and releases 10/19/18. The movie dissolves the idiocy of all the films beyond the original and brings us Laurie Strode, thrilling fans with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis, If this still has you questioning the integrity of the new film, John Carpenter himself is back as the executive producer, consultant, and shares his eerie scoring talents once again.
Nick Castle reprises the role of Myers along with stuntman/actor James Jude Courtney. Archer favorite, Judy Greer is cast as Laurie’s daughter, Karen Strode. Relative unknown, Andi Matichak, landed the film’s lead, portraying Laurie’s granddaughter.
Newly cast actors include Virginia “Ginny” Gardner (Hulu original The Runaways), Miles Robbins (My Friend Dahmer), Drew Scheid (Stranger Things), and Dylan Arnold (Mudbound, When We Rise). These lucky kids are all playing school friends (probably victims) of Karen.
The official synopsis?
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
I’ve seen Danny McBride in interviews stating this film will be about suspense and dread, hoping to craft the atmosphere and mood of the first film. Halloween is the movie that got me into horror and remains my favorite after all this time. I have to hope the film’s fresh take on the franchise will be a solid win. The mere fact that it eliminates the Cult of Thorn nonsense is a positive no matter how it turns out.
Fingers crossed to see a proper final mention of Loomis in all this.