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Everything We Know About David Gordon Green’s ‘Halloween’

Everything We Know About David Gordon Green’s ‘Halloween’

It’s not a reboot. It’s not gonna be a rehash. It’s a continuation of Michael Myers.” – Danny McBride

Let’s attempt to paint a clear picture of what we should expect next year, shall we?

On May 23, 2016, the bombshell announcement dropped that Blumhouse, Miramax and Trancas International Films were partnering to bring the Halloween franchise back from the dead in the wake of Dimension losing the rights, with John Carpenter on board as executive producer, creative consultant and potential composer.

38 years after the original Halloween. I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all,” Carpenter said at the time. “Halloween needs to return to its traditions. I feel like the movies have gotten away from that. Michael is not just a human being; he’s a force of nature, like the wind. That’s what makes him so scary.”

Cut to February 9, 2017, when it was announced that a writing/directing duo had been brought onto the project. On that date, we learned that David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) would be directing the new Halloween film, with Gordon Green and Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant) together writing the Carpenter-approved script.

It was also announced on the same day that the movie would be arriving October 19, 2018, which remains the film’s release date.

So you say you want a revolution? You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again? Well so do I,” Carpenter said in a Facebook statement back in February. “David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and… WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away.

McBride even chimed in about the project for the first time on that very same date, assuring that the film would be a huge departure from his comedic roots.

David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror,” said McBride. “Nobody will be laughing.”

Early sales art for ‘Halloween’ 2018

Naturally, the horror community was abuzz that whole week, as we all began speculating on the concept that made Carpenter so excited about the Halloween franchise for the first time in so many years. Many assumed Gordon Green was intending on remaking the original classic… but those rumors were quickly shot down.

You know, it’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way,” McBride told CinemaBlend back in February. “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.”

In the same interview, McBride echoed Carpenter’s comments that the new film would get back to the “simplicity and efficiency” that made the original so effective. And during a chat with Empire Film Podcast around the same time, McBride strongly suggested that Michael Myers will not be a supernatural being in he and Gordon Green’s vision.

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,” he noted. “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.”

Additionally, McBride seemed to even suggest earlier this year that making Michael scary again may mean erasing his familial connection to Laurie Strode.

The moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary,” he said on the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show. “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.

Alas, even when we learned all this exciting new information about the project, it was still unclear exactly what McBride was saying in regards to the plot. The assumption was that the new film would be picking up sometime after the events of Halloween 2 (1981), essentially proceeding as if the original franchise never continued past that point.

Of course, we were hit with another massive bombshell just last week, which seems to have confirmed that Halloween 4 through Halloween Resurrection never happened in this particular version of the timeline. Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising the role of Laurie Strode in the new film, revealed to simply be titled Halloween.

Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween,” Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted this past Friday.

A press release sent out over the weekend also gave us our first plot details, along with a first-look photo at Curtis back in the outfit she wore in 1978…

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. 

Even more interesting was this tidbit in the aforementioned press release…

 “Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film.”

So then, what do we make of all this? Well, it seems clear that the main goal from everyone involved is to evoke the spirit of Halloween 1978 with the 40-years-later Halloween 2018, which aims to be simple, terrifying and free of the silliness that tanked the franchise as it grew longer in the tooth. Oh and there’s still a good chance John Carpenter is scoring the film, though nothing has been confirmed yet.

As for the story, Halloween ’18 will seemingly be set in Haddonfield on Halloween in the present day, centered on the final clash between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers.

And if the new movie is indeed “carving a new path from the events of the 1978 film,” it seems safe to assume that only the original Halloween happened in this alternate timeline. This would explain how Laurie Strode is still alive (she died in Resurrection, after all), and it also lines up with McBride’s previous suggestion that he and Gordon Green have erased Halloween 2‘s reveal that Michael and Laurie are siblings.

My best guess, based on everything we know? It would seem that they’re continuing the story 40 years after the original movie… and disregarding everything that came after.

What has Laurie been up to since 1978? We’ll find out on October 19, 2018.



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COMMENTS

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  • Logan

    If they are indeed erasing everything but the original Halloween, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. I’m excited that Michael is back alongside Jamie Lee, but this is going to have to be one hell of a script.

    • No, they are erasing everything except Halloween (1978) and Halloween II (1982). Continuity wise, this is pretty much another Halloween H20, except John Carpenter is involved this time.

      • Necro

        Didn’t the brother/sister thing only get revealed in part 2?

        • Yes. Technically, McBride never said that Laurie is no longer Michael’s sister (in fact, they did confirm that this is a sequel to H2 ’81). He just said that Michael was scarier before he had a motive, which leads me to believe that Jamie Lee Curtis might not be the primary protagonist in the new film.

          I heard one theory that she might be the new Sam Loomis, hunting down Michael, but that was fan speculation from someone else.

          • Necro

            Yeah I heard that to. Do you like that theory?

          • Personally, yes. It sounds like a really cool story angle. Even if the speculation is false, I hope they do a new story angle like that so that it doesn’t retread old ground.

          • Necro

            Yep totally agree! That’s what the classics need, new tread.

          • Homeless Joe

            Necro and Darkknight! I’m late to the party. I am loving the news! Glad that they are retconing the rest of the sequels. In my eyes, I love the first two films and are the true Halloween films. I like the other sequels for different reasons.

            Part 2, the whole family thing is a hindrance, it just pretty much boxed the films into a corner. That is my main problem with the second film, the brother/sister angle, that is why you never drink and write! Lol, Another thing to about the second film is that they continuously show too much of Michael, I liked how in the first film we get this over the shoulder, and POV shots of him, and seeing him from a far. That made it really creepy and stood out. It made him mysterious and you just didn’t know what was going on with him. The empty hospital should have been explained as they were moving locations and that was the nearest hospital because the other one is a bit further away and they were slowly moving away from that one because they were upgrading, I don’t know, I think that would explain a lot for the ’emptiness’.

            I still do enjoy the rest of the sequels, however, I just mainly watch the first 2 films and part 3 because it’s off the walls crazy and captures the atmosphere of the first 2 films. I love how they were going towards the anthology route, but it just didn’t connect with the audience and fanbase. I love the score for part 3 and that Silver Shamrock jingle!

            Part 4 was a enjoyable take and gave us two wonderful actresses, Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris. I love that opening shot with the pumpkins, the Halloween decor, such a nice opening and setting us up for Halloween in the midwest. Glad to see some trick ‘r’ treating in this film. Very nostalgic about this one. But I am fine with retconing this one.

            Part 5 is a guilty pleasure, but it just feels so cheap. That bitchin’ guitar riff in the film, though! Lol. And…. Tina… Oh, boy…

            Part 6, this one I actually can feel the coldness, the autumnal weather, the Halloween weather. This by far the most Halloween looking film out of all of the films. Eerie atmosphere, but the whole thorn curse just takes away from the aurora around Michael. This film just feels so problematic, you can tell by watching it. We get two cuts of the film though. The late great Donald Pleasence’s final film and he did an excellent job.

            Part 7, H20, the return of Jaime Lee Curtis, nice to see another late great actor in Janet Leigh’s cameo and ‘her car’, but this one just have a ‘Scream’/mid/late 90’s Horror feel to it, which IMHO I do no like, but that’s just my preference.

            And to Part 8, Resurrection….. I think we all can agree on this one, lol.

            So, I hope it has that atmosphere that the first two films gave us. Just something wonderful about that feel. It feels like Halloween.

          • Necro

            HaHa! What’s up Joe?! Damn you broke those sequels down! I love it! Yep I’m loving the news myself to, my favorite films are the first two original films. Now I like the sequels, but not as much as the first two films. Part 6 is my favorite sequel. ‘Resurrection’ is my least favorite. If you don’t mind me asking what’s your opinion on the Rob Zombie ‘Halloween’ films?

      • Logan

        No one really knows where they’re starting from at this point. McBride saying he doesn’t like the brother/sister connection along with the press release quote that says “Carving a new path from the events of the 1978 film” leads me to believe this is a direct sequel to the original Halloween. That makes sense considering how McBride also seems to want to keep this grounded in reality. You can’t really do that after the events of Halloween 2.

        • They confirmed the Halloween II connection very early on. But yes, McBride’s statements have been pretty self-contradictory and bizarre.

          http://www.blumhouse.com/2017/02/09/david-gordon-green-danny-mcbride-will-directwrite-the-new-halloween-movie-for-blumhouse/

          • Logan

            A lot can change in the span of 7 months. All they had was a concept at that point. I wouldn’t doubt that Jamie Lee coming aboard changed things. Plus, it makes a lot more sense to start from the ending of the original. They can basically erase anything they didn’t like in the sequel and start from the moment he disappeared.

            Also, I really do think the only way they got Jamie Lee to come back was Carpenter’s involvement and the promise that it ended with her killing him. We shall see.

          • But there’s no solid evidence to suggest that are erasing Halloween II from canon, especially when John Carpenter is still involved. They confirmed that this is a sequel to H2 and have never hinted otherwise.

      • Necro

        Cuz if they are ridding the brother/sister reveal and everything after that, then they are excluding ‘Halloween 2’ as well.

        • They’re not excluding it. McBride’s exact words were “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.” Meaning that they are going back to basics as to why Michael was scary in the original, before he had a direct motive. The whole brother/sister thing still happened.

          They also said, “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.”

          It’s a confirmed sequel to Halloween II

          http://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3424214/halloween-will-not-remake-picks-first-two-original-films/
          http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3437720/halloween-reboot-shooting-fall-making-michael-scary/

          • Necro

            Cool! I like that better. And I like no motive, makes it all the more disturbing.

  • Rake

    He was never physically normal and the first film definitely establishes that by the end. I never liked the halloween 2 bloodline connection, the film is good and the direct sequels are too but in terms of creepy, Michael was always scarier when he was just randomly going after babysitters.

    • Necro

      Very true!

    • Yeah. After this, I hope they ditch the ‘Michael hunting his family’ storyline for good and continue making sequels to the original. The series has been hung up on the family storyline for way too long and I’d rather see new stories/protagonists for Michael to go against (preferably without a solid motive).

  • Alex

    I always considered the first two movies to be the true continuity so it doesn’t really bother me.

    • jasonlives1986

      Interesting to see to completely disregard the timeline after 3 but so easily accept this as a real part 3 without having ever done so with the other movies.

      • Alex

        John Carpenter had little to do with the movies that came after so I only regard the first two movies as the official canon of the series.

        • jasonlives1986

          Besides a publicity stunt, I can assure you he has nothing to do with this movie either.

          In fact I’m calling it now, he will “do” the score for this movie with someone else when in reality it’ll be thst someone else that does everything but having carpenter’s name to it will be the draw.

          I love carpenter. Him and craven are the found father’s of the genre as we know it but let’s be real here. His involvement is strictly cash for publicity.

          • Alex

            Hey, if they have Carpenter’s blessing then it’s fine with me. He’s still executive producer and let’s not jump to conclusions about the soundtrack.

      • issys808

        I agree with Alex. I am a MASSIVE Halloween fan, BUT, of only the first 2, in fact I never saw the 6th, they were just too painful to watch. Soooo, I am actually stoked they are erasing he timeline. It’s like a dream come true. Please don’t hate me, I’m a good person.

    • Same here. Those two films are the series at its peak. Most of the sequels after that weren’t good. Arguments can be made for Halloween 4, Halloween H20, and the 2007 remake (Halloween III is good as its own thing), but the rest are just bad.

  • Bill Gober

    Don’t get me wrong I’m very excited for this but the hardest part for me about this is forgetting everything after 2. In our heads that information is going to sit there, the mark of the thorn, familial ties etc. Unless it literally picks up right near the end of 2, at least we won’t have somebody attempting to fill Donald’s shoes as Loomis.

    • Necro

      It looks to pick up after part one. Forgetting part 2 thru Resurrection

      • Bill Gober

        That’s fine too, it would be great if the opening was the end. It could start from his perspective going out the window and then getting up and walking away (shots through the eye holes of the mask much like through the eye holes of the clown mask).

    • Necro

      Scratch that Bill looks like it’s after part 2 after all. Sorry about that!

  • Alex

    Did you even read? McBride says they’re focusing on the first two movies.

    • Necro

      I was commenting on the assumption

  • jasonlives1986

    So in THIS timeline Loomis had been dead forever. How nice of them.

    Also they can now do prequels to this h3 and sequels to h2 set in the 80s cause this movie has 50 to 60 mil written all over it

    • Robby

      Well, if they continue after part 1 and ignore part 2, than Loomis might not be dead…and instead be like 100 years old lol I hope they continue it after part 2.

  • RJ MacReady

    Honestly I prefer the supernatural Michael Myers as opposed to just some pycho with a knife. Having an unstoppable killer seems a lot creepier to me.
    Regardless, I’m stoked for this movie and love the news that JLC is returning and that John Carpenter is involved(and hopefully creates another classic soundtrack).

    • dukeblues

      I disagree. Having a real guy is scarier because that shit could happen to any of us (being stalked by a real guy.) Im not scared of boogeymen who haunt my dreams like Freddy. I’m scared of a nutcase who escapes a mental hospital and kills.

      • If anyone can be Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees, then there is nothing scary about Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees.

        • EthanFarterTheTurd

          I believe the point he’s making is that something is more scary if it can actually happen. Once something is no longer possible, it’s no longer frightening. How many people are killed by supernatural monsters every day? Compare that to how many people are killed by psychos every day.

    • Yeah, John Carpenter has said in the past that what makes Michael scary is that he’s an almost supernatural force of nature. That’s what the character has been since the original. That’s what makes Danny McBride’s statements bizarre, especially considering that this is in the same universe as the original.

      The only time Michael has ever been “human” was in the Rob Zombie films, which didn’t even do a good job of making him human.

  • pablitonizer

    my question is if they’re erasing the brother-sister bond then why on earth Michael would still haunt laurie after 40 years? there’s no reason for an obessession of 40 years old…

    • gabriel

      A bigger question is if the same orange iconic couch will be in the new film…!

    • Nick Greeley

      I have a feeling she’ll playing a Loomis-esque role this time around

    • Bill Gober

      I’m thinking it’s a “one that got away” type scenario, he doesn’t like loose ends; think murdering OCD.

      • pablitonizer

        yeah but a 40 year-old got away sounds a bit of a reach! Michael wouldn’t even recognize laurie’s face tbh.I’m so happy to have Jamie’s back but if they’re going this way I don’t see a coherent reason for Jamie to return, It’ll only confuse the audience after all… everyone knows they’re siblings and they’ll be like wtf is going on. I honestly think they have to give a deep thought on what they’re trying to do and how

        • Bill Gober

          I was thinking if they pick up right where the original or Halloween 2 ends (it still seems unclear if 2 will be cannon) that should ease some of the confusion as it could set a path as to why he has been gone for 40 years. While that may be a bit convoluted as you can’t just say “he just went somewhere else” and 40 years later something just drew him back, like he woke up one morning and was all “Oh yeah I killed people and somebody survived, I guess I better go back”. But that being said they get paid the big bucks to come up with stories so for now we have to trust them.

          • Saturn

            I suppose they could borrow from H4 in that Michael has been in a 40 year coma, and awakens on that most wonderful night of the year….

      • That’s what I thought was going to happen, until they announced that Jamie Lee Curtis is returning.

    • They’re not erasing the sibling bond. His exact words were “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.” The second film is 100% confirmed to be canon, as it has been since the film was announced.

  • Rohan

    How about a sequel to Halloween 3?

    Anyone?

    Just me?

    • Mr. Meeseeks

      I’d watch that.

    • Noel

      I’d watch it.

    • Michael Voorhees

      I’d love an anthology series after this one tbh even tho Halloween 3 is ok at best,ya’ll overrate the shit out of it,it’s not anything special

    • Saturn

      Halloween 3 2.

    • Pissy Clown

      I would love a sequel to season of the witch.

  • lupe

    So confusing.

  • pablitonizer

    The small plot calls my attention “Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers” that means she had confronted him more than once and this is her final one… so H2 will be counted ergo the brother-sister bond remains ?

    • Yes. Halloween II is still canon. That’s confirmed; and Danny McBride never said that the brother-sister thing didn’t happen. He said that Michael was scarier before he had a motive, and that he wanted to humanise the character.

  • Johnny

    Why was the movie named just “Halloween” if it’s supposed to be a “Halloween” sequel? Can’t they put a subtitle like Halloween: Homecoming or something else? I don’t know but i’ve a got a feeling that this will be like Texas Chainsaw and I don’t like when they ignore the other sequels.

    • It’s more than likely a simple working title. And one thing this film has that Texas Chainsaw 3D didn’t is that is being overseen with John Carpenter producing. After all, he owns the rights and specifically sought out this pitch.

      • John Carpenter also produced The Fog remake. His involvement means nothing.

        As for the title, I’m sure it’ll be changed.

        And ignoring the other sequels? Good. The other sequels are all trash. Three movies with bad Michael Myers masks and weird cults and incest, an unfinished Scream knock-off, an experimental attempt in found footage. They’re better off being ignored unless you want a bunch of contrived unscary nonsense.

        • Johnny

          Well yeah if you put it in that way… yeah sequels suck lol, although i like Halloween Ii and Halloween III. i’m still interested in this new movie.

        • This is different. John Carpenter has continuously spoken out about the treatment of Michael Myers in the sequels (particularly the Rob Zombie series), and he snatched the rights up as soon as Dimension Films lost them. Then, he not only expressed his intention to make the next Halloween the scariest of them all, but he specifically sought out a good pitch and Blumhouse Productions. When the film was announced, he seemed genuinely enthusiastic about how much Danny McBride and David Gordon Green understand the original films, and he is overseeing/advising the project. He has even expressed an interest in returning to do the musical score. In this instance, John Carpenter’s involvement certainly doesn’t mean nothing.

          • Bob Marshall

            I wasn’t aware he’d gotten the rights back are you sure about that? Pretty sure Malek Akkad still owns them.

          • I’m pretty sure he obtained the rights when Dimension Films lost them. To my knowledge, Akkad is still a producer.

        • DS Ullery

          Carpenter has gone on record as stating his involvement with the remake of The Fog amounted to him showing up and collecting a royalty check. He had zero creative involvement.

    • Saturn

      I reckon they should call it Jig-Halloween.

  • Philip Meade

    Not sure where the idea of Myers being a “normal human” came from; that is foreign to even the original. Myers is “purely and simply evil” and “this is no man.” Plus, he was shot six times, fell from the second story, and walked away. So, the aspect of Myers being a normal guy is bizarre.

    • Gabriel

      I don’t think McBride meant it in the literal sense. I assume (hope) he is simply expressing the desire to give us the version of Michael seen in the original, who stared at his victims from afar as they walked down the street and stalked them from outside their kitchen window, as opposed to a hulking behemoth who charges at someone while being shot at by multiple police officers and remaining outside the shadows at nearly every turn. If that’s what McBride means, I respect that. If he DID mean his comment in the literal sense… then yes, I don’t know what went on in his head when he watched the original film, because Michael is anything but human in that story.

      • Philip Meade

        Good thoughts, and I agree with you. Here’s to hoping that is the spirit in which he spoke.

      • Rockatansky

        If he turns out to be just a human after all, it’s going to be sad watching him chase after Laurie in the new film, fall, and break a hip. Although that does give them a reason to have an ’80s training montage as Michael goes through rehab and learns to stalk again…

    • drew

      He was also stabbed in the gut, stabbed with the sewing needle in the neck and poked in the eye with the coat hanger. lol

  • Justin Graves

    Oh hey, I bet I could come up with a “brilliant” take on a decades-old franchise too, if I ignored 40 years of sequels, established plot and character arcs. *rolls eyes*
    Fuck this movie.

    • WondrousPoop

      Ain’t it cool that you don’t have to watch it?!

  • BreeBennett

    I think they should consider Hallowen II, this movie and the first one together are just one story divided in two chapters. Just retcon the idea of them being siblings, it’s just a small part of the movie anyway and it doesn’t change anything.

  • Adam Clifton

    But the thing is… we all KNOW that Laurie is Michael’s sister! You can’t make us forget with one movie after 36 years of knowing this. It’s like doing a sequel to the original Psycho movie and trying to trick people into thinking the crazy woman up in the house is still alive. We are not this stupid!

    • Faust Nostromo

      Mk-ultra

  • Trav

    Halloween 2 (1981) is arguably the best sequel in the franchise, and I would like that to remain part of the story. I honestly don’t know how I feel about them eliminating the whole “Laurie is Micheal’s sister” angle too. I understand why people might think the situation is scarier if they have no relation, but I think it’s a key piece to the story.

    • Bob Marshall

      If they are removing it. Despite what the article says they haven’t actually come out and said it. What could be confusing to audiences is they’re aware of the sister angle so much that if she’s no longer his sister it’s gonna be confusing to those people.

      • Michael Singer

        They’re not removing it. They’ve already said that it’s a direct sequel to the first two films.

  • WondrousPoop

    It’s amazing how wild people will run with one dude’s speculation.

  • Tony Sola

    My instinct is this will take place in 1978, minutes after the first film. I know David Green and Danny McBride can do a better H20 than H20 did, but I have to imagine they didn’t walk into Blumhouse office with a rehash of 20 years Later. I’m happy they’re probably doing away with the god-awful sister angle, but damn if it’s including JLC and being set in 2018, no way getting around the fact that Michael is 61 years old. I would kill to see this Halloween set in 1978, maybe use a little shadow and digital magic to de-age JLC, but I know Blumhouse doesn’t usually spend that kind of money on their movies. Still stoked

  • Tony Sola

    Or JLC saw how well IT had grossed, and decided horror was cool again and called her agent. Turns out their is a 40 year old clause in her contract that gives her dibs on any sequels. Alex Kurtzman is then brought in for quick rewrites in the hope of ushering in a new Halloween cinematic universe. Lol

  • Logan Frank

    Yeah, John Carpenter has said in the past that what makes Michael scary is that he’s an almost supernatural force of nature. That’s what the character has been since the original. That’s what makes Danny McBride’s statements bizarre, especially considering that this is in the same universe as the original.The only time Michael has ever been “human” was in the Rob Zombie films, which didn’t even do a good job of making him human.

    • Bob Marshall

      I think they’re talking about how he became in the later sequels. Where he survived mass shootouts and was able to crush skulls with his bare hands.

      • DS Ullery

        I think you’re correct. I’m reading this to mean they’re going back to the plausibility factor of the original: Until the very end, there’s really nothing supernatural about what happens in Halloween. It’s about a relentless, clever psychopath engaging in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a trio of babysitters on Halloween night. Everything Michael does is human, with only his disappearance at the end after being shot multiple times skirting the fantastic. I personally loved 4 and H20, but if this team can get back to basics and recapture that eerie, suspenseful quality, I’m all in.

        • Bob Marshall

          Agreed and the good thing is those films still exist so we can watch them anytime:

  • Tony Harley

    The fact that I’m gonna be able to see the actual Laurie Strode on the big screen for the first time is so awesome. Really hope she turns out to be the new Loomis on a mission.

  • John Connor

    Its fucking horseshit if they ignore any of the 8 films.
    You’re a retard if you dislike the sequels and want another sequel that proclaims to be “more like the original” like every single sequel did before.

  • Reece Catlin

    I love that JLC is coming back but!!! didn’t they say that it wasn’t as scary with the whole brother sister thing earlier this year? and didn’t Carpenter even hate the whole brother sister storyline?

  • Bob Marshall

    When did they say they were removing the sibling angle? I don’t remember them saying that.

    • John Squires

      They didn’t. But as noted in the article, McBride said this earlier in the year…

      “The moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary,” he said on the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show. “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.”

  • Shane o mac

    Dude whatever. I am just happy there will be another Halloween movie

  • Eddie Barsh

    On one hand I would love to see JLC have a better sendoff than the disrespectfuly disgusting way Resurrection killed off Laurie. On the other hand I would not want to bring JLC aboard as Laurie because now you have 2 paths you can take going forward w the franchise: fine new meat for Michael (4,5,6,and 8 tried this) or reboot Halloween yet again after this film since it was labeled from JLC as “going to haddonfield one final time”
    So if Jamie is returning to either kill Michael or kill Laurie’s character then what does this mean for the series going forward? I don’t like this. they should have created a true part 3 that tells a new story about another victim NOT named Laurie strode so as not to create any confusion.. Bad move by Blumhouse …

    • This new film is indeed going to be a much better send-off for JLC than RESURRECTION.

  • Eddie Barsh

    Committing to a storyline that has an aged JLC in present day time that also ignores 4,5,6,7,8 creates many plotholes. A psychotic serial killer that “isn’t a man” and is “pure evil” is seriously going to go 40 years from 1978 to 2018 without ever killing again ? Cmon… That’s ridiculous! Tell us what happened to Michael myers after November 1st 1978 at the haddonfield clinic!!! That’s much more interesting !
    Here’s a much different angle: instead of doing another JLC sendoff why not take the “true” part 3 (H20) and make it the ultimate ending of Myers and give us multiple movies to fill us in on what Michael did from 1978 to his death by Laurie in 1998 (yes , ignore resurrection, Michael died in h20)

    • Dead-behavoir

      Very much agreed, no need for her to be involved at all. Lets go back to the roots of the shape and let it take place a few years later in the 80’s and stalk a new group of teens! Myers is my favorite Horror Icon of all time. They better have a great story and not fuck it up is all I’m saying.

      • Eddie Barsh

        Yessssss !!! Its only logical… If you want to do many movies with Halloween and you wanna milk the cash cow then give us 3-4 movies that show The Shape killing new victims in the 80s after the events of 1978 in Part 1 and Part 2.. I thought that was the plan and this entire production sounded like a dream come true to me but after news of JLCs hiring it seems instead of getting a “part 3” with a young 20-something year old myers in the 80s, were gonna get a final showdown with two 60+ year old characters taking place in modern times. I don’t like it. We should have gotten a part 3 not a resolution

    • As everyone knows,H20 is going to be as much ignored(as the other films) since it doesn’t look like Green and McBride were fans of that film,for hopefully they won’t title their new film HALLOWEEN:H40.

  • DukeStKing

    How’s about after H2, Laurie has been so traumatized, she’s been in an institution for 40 years. Catatonic. Something she sees in the institution triggers her memory, she breaks out, and the chase starts all over again. Because let’s face it, there’s really no way it can start up right where it left off. I love Jamie Lee, but she has aged. As have we all.

  • Graham

    I don’t mind an alternate timeline. I enjoy the sequels, but it makes more sense to ignore them than to try to manage them in this new film, especially when you have the remake and its sequel sitting in the middle of it all. So far, everything about this leads me to believe that the people behind this one know their stuff. They get why the original works, they don’t want to change the formula too much, and they’ve brought back key players. Can’t wait for this.

  • Brey Compton Arriaga

    I don’t know, but I am SO FREAKING EXCITED since news broke on last friday, people is never gonna be happy, wether u make a sequel to the original franchise, or another remake, or a third installment in the remakes universe, they’ll never be happy, we just gotta be like “studios are doin’ what they’re feeling but it has to be right” that’s the word, RIGHT, just do a great installment and we’ll be satisfied 😉

  • Pissy Clown

    Thank God Halloween 3 will still be canon. 😉

  • Kalavale

    I`m fine with it as long as they don`t use loud bangs to scare people

  • drew

    Bring back Dean Cundey!

  • Michael Singer

    It could be kind of cool if Laurie takes on the Dr. Loomis-esque “Michael hunter” role this time around (the fact that Jamie looks tougher now than she did in her other films just makes me feel this all the more). Plus it’d make the movie feel different from H20 as well.

    Just a thought.

  • Aaron King

    I sincerely hope Halloween is only a working title. If it’s a sequel it would be so silly to name it the same thing.

  • Dylan Summers

    I’m confused. Is this going to completely disregard Halloween 2 also or just disregard the revelation that Myers and Strode are siblings?

    Seems strange to me they keep promoting this as Laurie and Michael’s ‘Final’ confrontation. It seems they’re looking to breath new life in to the franchise and any one who does that is going to want to continue it if they can. They’re obviously not going to kill off Michael and I really hope they’re not reintroducing Laurie just to kill her off again.

    Of course I’m looking forward to this for the pure fact of JLC’s return but I’m not going to lie. The constant flip flopping in continuity and the risk this could ultimately be H20 2.0 (which would seem pointless to me) has me worried.

    • Aaron Johnson

      Halloween has nothing on the insane flip-flopping that happens in the TCSM franchise. It makes your head spin.

  • Halloween Scarecrow

    This movie sounds a lot like Halloween H20, and it’s already been done…..I don’t think it will take place in 2018….and really shouldn’t. I wouldn’t mind Curtis coming back as another character…like a teenagers parent or something like that but not as Laurie Strode..unless they can CGI her back to her younger self. This movie should stick to the early 80’s. That’s the money maker right now and what people want to see.

    • Bradley John Michael MacDonald

      oh stfu

      • Halloween Scarecrow

        Nice party pal!

    • Eddie Barsh

      I somewhat agree w you

  • Hipster Doofus

    What I find interested, that I haven’t seen anyone mention, is Michael in the background. Is that some Photoshop work or an indication of the new look? If so, it’s easily the best interpretation since the original!!! It looks phenomenal!

  • Kirk Clifford

    Im always down for a new Halloween film, i hope they do this right and make it as good as the first two, hopefully no CGI and shitty jump scares, i hope it is under your skin, nail biting scary, simple classic horror

  • IWC-3PO

    Looking forward to 2038 when Halloween H60 is released. Elderly Laurie Strode is stalked by her brother through the halls of the Haddonfield Retirement Home.

  • A-TOWN CALI DUDE

    I’m of an open mind, and overall it is pretty cool. I’m a huge fan of the old school Michael Myers and to be honest, Rob Zombie’s versions tore the fabric of what these movies were and in this case the return of John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis is a restoration of the original canon that started it all. I’ve read all over the place that this is a direct sequel to only the first Halloween, which is fine by me because it opens the door to venture down new avenues which is something this franchise needed very badly after movies like Halloween 8 and Rob Zombie’s movies. This is also, if anyone hasn’t noticed, gonna be the first ever to feature an aged Michael Myers so him being the seemingly unstoppable killing machine and personification of evil, it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out…

  • Stogie Jones

    I hear Michael now has emphysema. So that scary breathing will be for a different reason.

  • drew
  • Matty Ice 2016

    They certainly have their work cut out for them. Michael stopped being scary at the end of 2. Now he is such an iconic parody of what made him scary in the first place. With all that said, if Carpenter ends up scoring the film , I’m in. Please make it scary , the franchise has been a joke since 1988.

    • Aaron King

      I gotta disagree. He’s fucking terrifying in 4 too.

      • Eddie Barsh

        4,5,6 and the entire thorn concept are abominations to the ORIGINAL Halloween storyline. John Carpenter didn’t work on those films and are seen as non-canon with carpenters vision of Halloween. John Carpenter never embraced those films and he refuses to acknowledge those films and for good reason. I have no idea how you thought part 4 to be scary? I found it to be… Almost comical ! especially the 2 dorky cops who were bumbling idiots. The only good thing about 4,5, and 6 is we get the honor of Donald Pleasance gracing us with his always fantastic portrayal of Dr Loomis.

        • Aaron King

          The goofy cops are in 5. I find Michael scary in 4 because he seems so pissed off in it. He’s more aggressive when he kills.

  • Matty Ice 2016

    Somebody get Castle involved. That would be amazing if they got him.

    • Eddie Barsh

      Yesssss!!!!!

  • Mr. Red Right Hand

    woohoo halloween h20: 40 years later – a “reboot” or what did they call it again? oh a “rehash”! *cough cough* smells all too familiar and unnecessary

  • James

    Man I really wish they’d leave her out of this and do something completely new…

    • Eddie Barsh

      Agreed

    • They tried several times with the other films(4,5,6,RESURRECTION[after Laurie’s demise],and the two Rob Zombie films[featuring Scout Taylor Compton’s wimpy impersonation of Laurie]),only to massively fail(although HALLOWEEN 4 came close). Bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis in this new HALLOWEEN is the only logical way that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride can go with it. And as far as Danielle Harris goes,it’s up to Green and McBride if they feel the urge to bring her back into the mix(which I’m sure that McBride will bring James Franco into[just to give him a grisly on-screen death]).

      • James

        I always that sexy haircut that Jamie rocked!

  • HalesTales

    I’m so happy they’re erasing Laurie being Michael’s sister. It never made sense to me that he would know what she looked like and where she lived after all those years. It’s a lot scarier thinking it was random violence as the original title, “The Babysitter Murders” suggested.

    • Eddie Barsh

      That can be easily explained

  • The Godfather

    Maybe I’m seeing things incorrectly however; the above picture of the knife doesn’t appear to me to be accidentally backwards. I interpret that be someone handing a knife to someone else. Am I nuts?

    • Mr. Screamer

      Wow, good observation! I don’t think it’s on purpose though, but that would be interesting.

    • James

      Stop spoiling the damn movie. You prolly work on the set and already know of the script/movie! You can get banned for this.

    • Philman X

      If you zoom in on the knife, there is a face reflected in it

  • Aunty Ro Knows

    Ok, Michael as a force of nature, yep sounds good….then director says no he’s just a man. So u have a 61 year old killer? Yeah, sounds great. Come on. You just lost my interest. You don’t have to explain Michael but its clear he’s more than just human. UGH.

    • Matheus Martins

      Somebody in the production of the first film even said Michael is like the shark from Jaws. he is unnatural force that keeps coming back at you.

  • Faust Nostromo

    I really enjoyed Rob Zombies Holloween movies, I think he knows how to tell a story and I love the style in which he shoots and edits his films.

  • Precarious

    Let me throw a curveball everyone’s way… The Shape is not even a Myers! Go ahead, go back and watch the original. Not a single mention of his last name. Not a single mention of Judith being his sister. Let’s remember that the original title for the film was “The Babysitter Murders”.

    • John Perkins

      Wrong. Judith Myers is mentioned throughout the film. At the graveyard and in the Myers house with Loomis & the Sheriff. However, I do agree with The Shape statement in that Michael is possessed by it (aka The Shape). Michael Myers isn’t scary. The Shape still is.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    “So you say you want a revolution?” Carpenter is channelling Marilyn Manson, lol. All in all, sounds like a good idea if he approves of it.

  • John Perkins

    I think retconning HII through Resurrection is the most logically thing to do at this point. So bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis is a smart move, especially with John Carpenter on board. However, I hope the sibling connection is scraped and that they bring back The Shape aka the babysitter stalker. Would be scarier this way.

    Had they not of gone this route I think bringing back Danielle Harris as Jamie would of been the next logical move. Maybe a direct sequel to Halloween 4 (retconning H5&6) or possibly a continuation to H6 (without Harris since her character died).

    Thank god they are going with the former (à la the Jamie Lee route).

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