Since Danny McBride and David Gordon Green were announced as the creative force behind rebooting the Halloween franchise in February, there has been skepticism that they should be the duo to do it. While fans of horror are excited that John Carpenter will be back to produce, McBride and Green’s catalogue together mostly consists of comedy projects (and whatever Your Highness was supposed to be). that has left fans wondering if they have the right chops to tackle the most iconic movie slasher of all-time (sorry Jason, sorry Freddy).
While doing press for Alien Covenant, McBride went on the Empire Film Podcast and talked a little about what their take is going to be:
Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement. David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original.”
And when talking about the original itself and making Michael “scary” again:
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.”
I think a more grounded take on Michael can work really well, the original is one of my all-time favorite movies and even I every once in awhile when I watch it hate that he isn’t on the ground at the end after being shot multiple times and falling off a balcony and being stabbed with a knitting needle and a knife. He isn’t wrong that the most effective parts of the movie are when he his hiding behind the hedges, or after killing a man and staring at the body hanging there as if it was a painting. That is unnerving, that is creepy. That is the Michael I love.
So why am I so against this? Michael is right up there with the great film characters as far as I am concerned, and they have treated him like dog#$!@ since that first film. It shouldn’t bother me at all that they want to go in this direction. While I didn’t hate everything they did, the majority of the choices made were pretty terrible, and thankfully they seem to be pretending the Rob Zombie films never happened. I guess I just feel too much fandom ownership over this series and Michael himself, and while that is a good thing, it will make seeing whatever these two put on screen a never-wracking watch on October 19, 2018. Hey: at least they are releasing it around Halloween.
First seen on MovieWeb