Somehow it has been 40 years since John Carpenter’s truly exceptional 1978 horror classic Halloween and today saw the release of Michael Myers return. What’s interesting, and what I felt from watching, is the trailer gives a real sense of a new era, something special is going on in the horror world at the moment and this fits in perfectly.
Personally, I’ve always been a fan of the real psychological journey that a good, proper, dark horror can take you on. I’ve never enjoyed the torture-porn-type approach because, for me, it’s beyond extreme and doesn’t resonate as a character, even if some of those Saw-like franchises create a fun visual, they’re the pop horror edge of something that can be really intelligent.
Give me the likes of Psycho, Don’t Look Now, The Shining, Carrie, Identity, American Psycho, Se7en and so forth to really get inside my head. Yes, some of those crossover into thrillers but they’re still playing with the mind. Which is were you can really get inside your audiences head. For a moment disregarding the iconic nature of Michael Myers, that’s really become cult due to sequels, this return to Haddonfield feels right from this first trailer, it’s got all the anticipation of what happened before… in a modern world.
Scored by John Carpenter, and exec produced, the horror master also served as a creative consultant alongside Jason Blum, who’s been helping to re-invent the genre with the likes of Get Out, Split and Paranormal Activity. For the 2018 version of Halloween, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride have crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.
Watch below for the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, who’s set to come to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since that fateful Halloween night four decades ago. Please do watch and share your thoughts below!
Halloween opens in the UK in 19 October, 2018.
Halloween will also be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9). In addition to Carpenter and Curtis, Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.