Fans of the Halloween series realize that the upcoming sequel (helmed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Danny McBride) has a lot of explaining to do when it comes to Michael Myers’ backstory. Will he be the Myers of John Carpenter’s original – an agent of pure evil who is hunted by a dogged Dr. Loomis? Or will Green and McBride’s Myers be linked to the Thorn Curse, as he was in Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (not to mention the 1979 novelization of JC’s movie)?
In an interview on the EMPIRE podcast, McBride says that their take aims to simplify the character’s mythos:
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— that stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen. 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.
In previous statements, McBride’s promised that this iteration of Halloween will take place immediately after Rick Rosenthal’s initial sequel, thus jettisoning storylines established by every installment from Season of the Witch on. To be frank, this sounds like the best possible approach, as the franchise’s mythology has become so convoluted and contradictory over the years, that square one seems like the only logical place to start.
Either way, Green and McBride’s Halloween is one of our most anticipated films here at BMD, as the writer/director pairing is just too damn intriguing to ignore. Here’s hoping their version of Myers scares the shit out of us come October 19th, 2018.