Danny McBride Shares New HALLOWEEN Details
John Carpenter and Blumhouse announced a new Halloween last year, with Danny McBride and director David Gordon Green serving as the creative team. Since the 1978 original Halloween, Michael Myers — aka the Shape — has always been portrayed as a being fueled by pure evil, unable to be killed. Shoot him, stab him, blow him up in a hospital, blow him up in a mine shaft, have Busta Rhymes give him a Kung Fu beatdown in a garage and then electrocute him; nothing works.
With this newest iteration of Halloween, McBride — who had to pitch his take on the classic horror icon to Master of Horror and original Halloween director John Carpenter — intends to depict a more human Michael Myers:
“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,” McBride shared during an EMPIRE podcast. “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.”
Carpenter, who said McBride and Green “get it” when announcing the new film, serves as producer on the Blumhouse-produced film and had to approve pitches. “It was nuts,” said McBride. “We came up with our pitch, and then we had to go to John Carpenter to pitch it, which was insane, that was totally insane. We walked into his office and we were sitting on the couch. He’s across from us, and he’s like, ‘Let’s get this meeting going.’ He was like, ‘So, you guys think you know what you want to do with Michael Myers next? Hit me.’ And so we just kind of launched into what our pitch was. And he was like, ‘Yeah, this is awesome, I love it.’ Which is important to us. Honestly, if he wouldn’t have dug it, I don’t think David and I would have even been interested in doing it.”
While speaking on the Jim Norton and Sam Roberts Show, McBride shared some intriguing details on the production, including the revelation that the film isn’t a reboot but a continuation. “It’s not a reboot, it’s not gonna be a rehash. It’s a continuation of Michael Myers – where we’re choosing to continue it from, you’ll have to see when the movie comes out,” McBride revealed. “I’d already seen all these movies but I’ve really been studying them now, and just thinking about all the people that have been hired to make a Michael Myers movie. Just trying to avoid any mistakes that those people might’ve made.”
He continued, “The first Halloween is scary as shit. And the second Halloween is scary, but not as scary. And then from there, it isn’t as scary. And I really think that what happens with it is that he basically becomes Frankenstein. No matter what anyone hits him with, he’s not gonna die. There’s no suspense… 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.”
It’s interesting to wonder what the continuation jumping off point is that McBride references — maybe immediately after the end of the original Halloween, where a defeated (but alive) Michael Myers escaped into the night? That would be a way to make the newest Halloween a continuation while also doing away with the convoluted backstory that was introduced in Halloween II. It wasn’t until the sequel that original final girl Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was revealed to be Michael’s sister, which set off a chain reaction in future movies where Michael only pursued family. Halloween: 20 Years Later, which brought Curtis back to the series after a departure following Halloween II, ignored Halloween 4 — Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers, serving as a two-decades later followup to Halloween II, pitting Laurie against her brother for (seemingly) the final time.
If the new Halloween picks up where Halloween left off, it would mark the film as a sequel to Halloween — keeping the original film as the beginning — and allowing the newest film to be in the same continuity while also doing away with the soap opera drama introduced in II. It would reset Michael Myers back to a faceless killer without a motive, one who doesn’t target family but, instead, one who seeks to satisfy his endless bloodlust for reasons unknown. In the original Halloween, Michael Myers became fixated on Laurie Strode seemingly at random — not because she was a long lost sister, which can be argued is scarier. Michael can come after anyone, not just anyone he shares a family tree with.
The untitled Halloween opens Oct. 19th, 2018.