John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) is perhaps the greatest slasher of all time. What makes the film's antagonist -- Michael Myers, also known as The Shape -- so frightening is the mystery surrounding him. He can't be hurt and we don't know why, and he really wants to kill his sister Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) for reasons I can only guess is for sport. Before all the awful sequels tried to ruin Myers' reasoning (with the standard "supernatural" trope), Carpenter kept it simple with Dr. Loomis' (the late, amazing Donald Pleasance) words: Michael Myers is just pure evil.
When I was younger, I loved Halloween H20 because it returned Curtis to the franchise, and she ended it in the best way possible -- buy chopping his head off. Michael Myers was finally dead.
But that's not how it works in Hollywood and the regurgitated more movies (with Lee coming back for one more and getting killed off which I'm still bitter about), and they all sucked.
This is about to change. King David Gordon Green (GEORGE WASHINGTON, PRINCE AVALANCHE) and Danny McBride (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS) teamed up to write a faithful continuation of HALLOWEEN that picks up 40 years later after Carpenter's.
The first poster has just been released and it's fabulous. Myers has got to be in his late 60s now, and the emaciated mask proves it. One thing I noticed, if you look close, you can see his left eye is missing from when Strode poked him in it with a hanger in HALLOWEEN. This is a small but colossal detail and proves DGG and McBride really care about the original film and want to do a stellar job with their film. It's also great that Carpenter officially signed on to score the film, which he did for his HALLOWEEN and many of his other great films.
HALLOWEEN (2018) hits theaters on October 19th. Do not miss it.