News was just released that John Carpenter and Jason Blum are teaming up with Miramax and Trancas International Films to produce the newest Halloween installment. As of right now, the film is in the early stages of pre-production and is possibly hoping for a Halloween 2017 release.
So, what could we possibly see in this new installment with John Carpenter's involvement?
1. A More Subtle And Stealthy Michael Myers
One of the more interesting points that Carpenter made at the press gathering was that Michael Myers is a force of nature; an element that many of the following installments forgot about. It seemed as though many of the films DID in fact forget about this, specifically in the 2007 and 2009 Rob Zombie reimagining. Michael had become a tall and bulky figure that would barge through walls and be as destructive as possible, taking away from the subtle creepiness and eeriness that Michael once had. Bringing Michael back as the stealthy killer he once was could add a whole lot more to the unnerving presence we all want from him. The way he walked was a very important element that couldn't be grasped by any of the actors who portrayed Michael Myers afterwards.
2. A Revamped Halloween Score
As many of us know, John Carpenter just performed at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles this past Friday, where he played many themes from his movies such as They Live, The Fog, Christine, Assault on Precinct 13 and of course, Halloween. It is always a great pleasure to hear those sounds, especially when they are being performed by none other than the director/creator himself. So, what does this mean? John Carpenter tends to always bring something new and interesting to other projects, so why not to this new Halloween installment? The original theme is so iconic that if Carpenter were to re-stylize it or change up a few notes, it would probably only be that much better.
3. The Original Mask
It is not a surprise to anyone by this point that the original Michael Myers mask was, in fact, a William Shatner mask that had been painted white with the eye holes cut out (to test your Halloween franchise knowledge, head over here. And while we're at it, did you know that Christopher Lee was almost in Halloween?). After the first film, it seemed that no one could pick a style for the mask that could be carried through every sequel. Each film there is a different style of mask that makes fans question why the original wasn't used. There seemed to be no purpose for the changes and it only angered many with each new installment. Well, with Carpenter attached to this project, maybe we'll see the original mask once again. I'm still not sure what it is about that mask, but there is something very unnerving. Perhaps it's the blank expression along with the blackest eyes — the devil's eyes.
4. A Simple Yet Scary Story
The original 1978 film was nothing more than a story about a group of babysitters being tormented and killed by the "boogeyman" on the scariest night of the year: Halloween. As the sequels carried on, the plot got thicker and thicker, and at some points downright confusing after the theatrical cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was released. There was something interesting and yet very scary about not knowing anything about Michael Myers. Unfortunately, the mystery element was taken away as the sequels continued on with his backstory. The scary thing about the first film was that Michael was described to audiences as nothing but pure evil. That is all. Michael wasn't cursed, he wasn't possessed, he wasn't driven mad because he had a poor upbringing. Michael was simply and purely evil and one night he escaped from the hospital and wreaked havoc on the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois. This was one of the strongest pieces of the film. The story wasn't complex or too dense. It was a nightmare that became a reality.
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5. Going Back To The Style/Roots Of The Original
For many, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was the last film in the franchise that had the true feeling of the holiday Halloween. For me, that feeling went away after the first film. Although the second movie picked up exactly where the first left off, there was still something about it that didn't feel right. Perhaps it was the fact that there weren't painted leaves lying on the ground everywhere you looked. There was just a hint of the fall season in the first film, and that's all that was needed. There wasn't a necessity for having the entire town dressed head to toe in Halloween decorations. John Carpenter and Debra Hill were able to craft the sets with such delicacy that they felt natural and not forced. With Carpenter on board with the new project, one can only hope that this new installment feels exactly like a Halloween movie.
With all of these elements mixed together, this could be the best Halloween installment to date. Personally, I don't think it will be hard to top Rob Zombie's Halloween films or Halloween Resurrection, but it's safe to assume that if this film does get made, it will be a fresh introduction to an iconic horror villain that will hopefully return for his scariest film yet — that's John Carpenters plans at least.
38 years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all. - John Carpenter