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Danny McBride Says ‘Halloween’ Will Focus On Dread Rather Than Gore

Filming has been delayed to January on director David Gordon Green’s Halloween, which will be ignoring the events of every film past John Carpenter’s seminal classic.

The new film, penned by Gordon Green and Danny McBride, hopes to recapture the atmospheric, slow burn terror of Carpenter’s original, and we’ve got more on that from McBride today. Speaking with Charleston City Paper, he teased the tone.

The original is all about tension,” McBride told the paper. “Laurie Strode 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.

He continued, “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.”

In Gordon Green’s movie, being scored by John Carpenter…

“Laurie Strode 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.”

Judy Greer is in talks to play Laurie’s daughter, Karen Strode.

Carpenter is executive producing the new film with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield on October 19, 2018.



  • scryberwitch

    This sounds promising!

  • Grimphantom

    Well duh, that’s how the first one was.

    • Braker

      Right. Which is was McBride acknowledges. Hint: Read article, then comment.

      • Grimphantom

        I’m not criticizing McBride, it’s more on the others who tried to make a Halloween movie and went more on the gore than what the original movie was.

        You should follow your own advice.

  • Cesc Perez Blazquez

    o mai got dads so ausom. I didn’t laik de secon uan bicos of dad

    • Braker


  • If will be good, this reboot/sequel will open the door for amazing sequels and reboots of great slasher franchises, as Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, …

    • Necro

      Yeah Pedro we can surely hope that’s what ends up happening! I know I definitely want to see it happen for sure!

    • I’m hoping that Hellraiser: Judgment is that sequel, from everything the director is saying. Both Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th need a good reboot.

      It’s heartbreaking when you realise that there hasn’t been a good Friday film since the mid-to-late 1980s. Parts 8-12 have all been mostly shunned, except for the crossover with Freddy.

    • I really hope so. I need a new Friday the 13th so bad

      • A new Friday the 13th directed by Christopher Landon. I think that would be nice for you, Fede 😉

        • Ah Pedro!! That would be a dream come true! Maybe, after the good (imho) job he has done on HDD…
          Yeah that would be awesome! 😉

      • MrX13

        Been waiting since after the remake in 2009. They should carry on right after the remake ended and bring back Derek Mears

        • I’m not in love with the remake, but i don’t hate it either. It doesn’t have the 80s feeling or style but i guess is something we’ll have to accept. It’s in the middle of my list of Friday films. Still a sequel to the 2009 would be better than this fucking limbo.

          • MrX13

            It should be a sequel to it but who knows what they will do with the franchise.

  • Necro

    Probably one of the few, if not the only smart thing McBride has said yet. I know they’re ignoring everything past the original film, and it’s going to be its own thing, but I’d swear they’re just trying to remake the first film itself, only modernizing it in the process. Kind of like what they did with ‘Psycho’ years back with Vince Vaughn.

  • As it should, given that this a direct sequel to the original. I’m a fan of gore, but this is a film that frankly shouldn’t have too much of it (even if it will no doubt piss off Rob Zombie fans). It’s about time that Danny McBride said something that actually makes sense.

  • Creepshow

    I can’t wait to see what Michael’s (Johnathan Schaech based) mask looks like!

    • IWC-3PO

      It will be a game changer, that’s for certain.

    • 1979Myers

      What do you mean by this exactly?

  • pablitonizer

    December already and Judy Greer is not even confirmed? weird…

  • Frank Gambino

    Jlc has some amazing cans. She ever let them titties it in a movie?

  • macguffin54

    Of course, Laurie Strode DID know Michael existed (she went to the Myers house), and even saw him more than once before the end of the movie (without realizing it was MM), but his point is taken.

    • Jon Rector

      DM’s been saying some pretty lame, annoying stuff imo.

  • Daniel Anderson

    I’m okay with this.

  • IWC-3PO

    I hope they keep the humor to a minimum and no James Franco cameo.

    • They already said that there’s very little humour in the film.

      • IWC-3PO

        I guess we’ll find out for sure when/if it’s released.

    • MySelfDestruct

      That’s a bit unfortunate. The original had tons of humor but still kept atmosphere.

  • Daucus Karota

    I like Danny McBride. I like what he’s saying here. What kind of worries me is the idea that this is some sort of vacation for him. Is he really a guy you can rebuild a franchise around? Is he going to stick around for the love of the franchise if they don’t quadruple his pay if this one makes money? I just kinda have a feeling this is a passing interest for him. I hate when they say shit like, “Jamie Lee Curtis is back for one last time!” It kind of indicates this is a big cash grab more than an honest attempt at keeping the franchise going.

    • Max Barber

      she took a pay cut

      • Daucus Karota

        A pay cut from 0? I didn’t realize she was paid annual salary. Sorry my mistake.

      • Mike Magnano

        Where has it been stated that she took a pay cut? Not saying that your wrong, I just don’t remember reading that anywhere. If this is budgeted within Blumhouse’s typical range then yea….

        • It’s probably because of Blumhouse. Their biggest budget was around 10m so i think she has a contract with a percentage on the box office

    • Tony Sola

      I think that neither he nor David Green need the work. It’s clearly a passion project for them, and they know the material. And these guys are easily the most proven and talented writer/director to have worked on a Halloween movie in 40 years. No guarantee that the movie will blow us away, but I’m definitely optimistic.

  • Greg Fisher

    I think trent reznors version of the theme will work very well if they want to convey dread and suspense.

  • Collin

    Here’s hoping its not as mind numbingly boring as the original

    • The chicken man


    • Graham Dalrymple

      You should be flogged to death with the script from the original for this heresy lol

      • Collin

        Im sorry but i tried three different times to understand the hype behind the movie and i just do not think it has aged well whatsoever. Nice soundtrack but these days Michael is so over exposed that the movie has lost any creep factor it used to carry. Plus the original series is so bad it managed to retroactively ruin the first one

        • Matt P

          Nothing can ever ruin the original Halloween.

    • Mikey Mike

      Obvious troll is obvious.

      • Collin

        Not trolling just stating my opinion

  • Brey Compton Arriaga

    I love all of his ideas, but I wish they start doing it instead of talking about it that much lol

    • REC03

      lmao! awesome!

  • I Believe You

    When a writer does this much talking about a movie of theirs that isnt even shooting yet, one of the following three things is happening:

    1. The script is shit and the reason for the delays.

    2. The script is shit and the reason for the delays and there are rewrites being done by someone else.

    3. The script is shit and the reason for the delays and the writers are about to be fired completely and a new script is going to be written.

    Reminder: Dunstan and Melton were doing the whole interview angle as a last ditch effort to save their script right before it was sent out to pasture.

    • Josh Nitsche

      4. He’s excited.

  • Nicolas Caiveau

    I think gore is cool. But it should not be the focus, just an extra bonus. Tension, fear, dread, should be the point yeah. If he succeeds with that, then I can accept no gore. This is the first thing McBride says about this movie that makes me interested. Well appart from Jamie Lee returning.

  • Nicolas Jauvin-O’Rourke

    Why the fuck aren’t they releasing it on Halloween??!

    • John Connor

      The week before Halloween is best. Or anytime in October. Releasing it on Halloween kinda kills the vibe the day after since the world pretends Halloween didn’t just happen (unlike Christmas where people keep decorations and the spirit going well after).

      Releasing Seed Of Chucky in November still bugs me and I just think, “What the fuck were they thinking releasing that after the Halloween season? It was wonderful Halloween material.”

    • Jace Junkerman

      the 31st in 2018 lands on a wednesday, movies are released on fridays. the 19th is the friday, they could even do it the 26th of october

      • david

        Some movies are also released on Wednesdays. They are mostly released on Fridays though.

    • Hardcore F’n Mudd

      Release it 11 days before Halloween = 11 days of people looking forward to Halloween and wish to see a Halloween themed film.

      Release it on 31st October – its busy for 1 night then dies off.

      Makes perfect sense to release it BEFORE Halloween.

      • david

        Actually I don’t think it would make a lot of money if it were released on Halloween since most people usually go to parties, or go out drinking that night.

  • John Connor

    Sounds like it’ll be PG-13.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    These guys have all the right ideas. Now, let’s see if they can execute.

  • REC03

    This is what i wanted to hear! I want a sense of dread throughout the entire movie, i want the atmosphere, i want Michael lurking in the shadows. As far as gore I’m glad that is not their focus here. I want my Friday the 13th movies to be bloody as hell but Halloween shouldn’t be about that. That is one aspect i thought H20 got just right. It was obliviously bloodier than the original as you have to update it a bit for a modern audience but it wasn’t so OTT either. I hope they strike that balance here.

    • Dannyll Kaanan

      SO tell me why again? Why a horror movie can’t have dread & gore? Is it that hard to make a film that can do both?

      • REC03

        Like i said in my comment: i enjoy gore in certain movies (Friday the 13th). Halloween if you are a true fan of the original was really about the sense of dread/atmosphere. I’m not opposed to this being more gory then that like i said but i don’t need Michael chopping heads off. Thats not what Halloween should be about imo.

        • Sorkin006

          But it’s not like the original is great because of it’s lack of gore. It’s a great movie that happens to not be gory.

        • James

          Thx REC03, H2O is better than the original in my opinion. More tension, creepier theme, more aggressive Michael, more chasing, scarier mask, scary opening to the movie, more well known actors, return of Jamie, excellent cliffhanger. Damn good movie! Take note, new directors!

      • Matt P

        Lots of good films have both, The Thing being a good example, but I think dread and Gore often work against each other. Makes sense that many films would choose to focus on one, usually at the expense of the other. The original Halloween was practically bloodless so I don’t mind that they’re attempting to go the same route here.

      • Why does every horror movie have to be gory to be entertaining? If they want to try something different, why is this a problem for you?

        • Dannyll Kaanan

          It doesn’t. Insidious is perfect i enjoyed that movie. One of my favorites. But if your gunna make a movie about a killer killing people in a neighborhood then that sounds a like a gory movie. It’s like that stupid prom night movie. Why the fuck would u not put gore n Blood in a movie about a psycho killer

  • Dannyll Kaanan

    SO tell me why again? Why a horror movie can’t have dread & gore? Is it that hard to make a film that can do both? Lol

  • Shane o mac

    The more McBride talks the more hesitant i get. Its like they trying to be John Carpenter instead of just being themselves and imo everyone likes a little blood in a horror movie, screw dread i want blood splatter and violence……i mean it is a horror movie right?

    • James

      Oh yes, there will be blood (like Jigsaw says in Saw II). But, it’s not priority here, like it wasn’t in the original 78′ classic!

  • Alexander Howlin

    That’s promising, I guess. I just hope that it isn’t PG-13 (the day they start directly marketing slasher films to children is a sign of desperation). The film can and should be R-rated, but the new IT movie proved that a horror movie can be rated R and reasonably scary without having gratuitous nudity and violence at the same time. The new Halloween should rely on tension and suspense, as McBride said.

  • Biscoito18

    The more I read, the more I’m sure that this movie is going to be a disaster.

    • Evan3

      Porque? I have serious doubts, but everything stated so far appears pretty positive.

  • James

    I bet you anything it doesn’t come out next year, and with good cause. While this sounds good dread over gore, I still Laurie should be his sister. I think Jamie could play some other role, rather than his sister and get someone else (Danielle Harris) to play his sister Laurie. That brother sister storyline is what made the Halloween franchise.

    • Matt P

      Seems like that’s the idea, the filmmakers aren’t treating Halloween as a franchise but rather a single film. Any developments in parts 2-8 no longer apply in this reimagined Halloween universe.

  • Geno1987

    I’m glad we’re finally moving away from the burning trailer park Rob Zombie drove this series into.

    • Collin

      I love that people act like Rob zombie ruined the series when the original “final” sequel had a dude cracking wise while round house kicking Michael. At least rob tried taking a different approach.

      • Geno1987

        I’ll take Busta Rhymes kung fu-ing Michael because as stupid as that was Michael Myers was his still his original self that never strayed from his character roots. He wasn’t an 8 ft tall version of Rob Zombie with a mask fetish with hallucinations of a white horsey.

      • marshally

        I actually liked Zombie’s interpretation, raw & gritty. The original will always be the best though.

      • Will Coors

        I agree! Can’t lie that his Halloween 2 is absolutely nothing like any other sequel. He deserves some props for at least trying to give it a different spin.

        • Collin

          The thing about zombie is I have yet to see a boring movie by him. I’ve seen devils rejects the first halloween remake and lords of Salem and to me he is actually a good film maker. His movies look great and usually have good acting in most cases. Its just that his writing is not fantastic (with maybe the exception of devils) and he chooses to write such sleazy movies that its hard to defend any of his films as good. But like you said he puts his own spin on things and in the era his Halloween movies came out remakes were just so vanilla and safe that it felt like a breath of fresh air and its why I like his Halloween more than the original. The original is so dull to me due to over exposure. It doesn’t feel like it has any personality. Zombies take at least feels like it was made by someone with a vision. The remake may not be a better film technically speaking but it’s far more interes ti ng to me

    • William Bibb

      U are right about that Rob Zombie fucked the whole series up.

      • Bill Agans

        No, he didn’t.

  • BreeBennett

    This is what we want in a Halloween movie.

  • DukeStKing

    Actually, she doesn’t even know it’s Michael Myers until she’s told in part 2.

    • Will Coors

      Damn! Very true! I wonder if they are gonna cut out the whole brother story, that might not work too well. Trying to stay positive though

  • William Bibb

    How come I have never once seen or read anyone acknowledge that Michael Myers shouldnt even be able to see in the first place. Aside from being blown up, he was blinded in part 2.

    • Brad Tyler

      That would be because this movie is ignoring ALL sequels. This is effectively part 2, so he is not blinded or blown-up. No one complained that he could see in parts 4-8 anyway.

    • HalesTales

      Or like how Jason should be blind because in F13 part two, only his left eye was exposed in the sack (suggesting it was his only good one) then in part four it was hacked into by the machete.

      Or Frankenstein’s monster couldn’t see in the end of Ghost of Frankenstein because when he switched brains with Ygor, but they had different blood types so he was blind yet in subsequent sequels he walked with his arms out stretched yet could see ha.

      Gotta love movies!

      • William Bibb

        LOL, Jason didnt have just one eye. How could he, he drownhed, how would he have lost an eye? Besides, the F13thPart2 BagMask was something he just made himself so thats why it looks like he was peering only out of the eye hole.

        If I had only one eye and I made a mask, I would still cut both holes it would look like a silly cyclops bitch other wise.

  • Evan3

    Nobody focuses on the fact that they are marketing Laurie’s “final” convo. So which Meyers dies this time? Her or him?

    In any event, I like this statement. I absolutely agree they are focusing (in theory) on the right thing – tone over blood.

    • Well, since they have already killed her off once in Halloween Resurrection they can do whatever they want. They’re essentially ignoring the later movies which is good, but none of that will matter if they make another crappy film.

    • Bill Agans


  • Sanger

    I’m def. gonna like this.

    • Sanger


  • Simon Allen

    Blah Blah Blah …….just get the fuck on with it already .
    If it tests badly i’m sure violence will be inserted later just like Halloween 2 .

  • Sigbab

    Blah blah blah ARTISTIC blah.


  • uberman1

    Thank you, Danny. Blood and Gore can be effective but too many lazy writers and directors relie on them. Gore DOES NOT equal horror. Horror is a sense of dread, of anticipation, Its when the blood drains to your feet and you feel the floor fall out beneath you. Gore as a rule sucks unless it is handled right.

  • William Bibb

    I still cant forgive Jamie Lee Curtis yet for that atrocity Halloween movie where she gets killed off. Wasnt MM decapitated?

    • Bill Agans

      It was a paramedic she decapitated in H20. Michael put his mask on the paramedic before he was loaded in the ambulance.

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