Halloween is the number one topic of discussion for fans in the horror community. Ever since John Carpenter made the official announcement on Facebook, as well many other details, the Halloween reboot is back in play and there is some more new information that is going to make the heads of horror fans explode.
“Vintage Splatterpunk fiction!”
Whether you liked Halloween III: Season of the Witch or not, the film is officially being replaced according to writer Danny McBride, who spoke with Cinema Blend about the movie.
For those who have been wondering whether or not the new Halloween film was going to be a sequel, a remake or a reboot, the answer is “yes” (in a clusterfuck). Yes, it is a sequel. Yes, it is a remake (although McBride says otherwise). Yes, it is a reboot.
“You know, it’s not a remake,” Danny McBride said. “It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.”
But what Danny McBride said about the new Halloween kind of cancels out each theory while making the next one more plausible. McBride says it’s not a remake, but then later says he will start with the first two movies and essentially let the continuity play out after that, which essentially makes it Halloween III.
Horror fans already know there is a Halloween III on the books, which is the Season of the Witch installment that did not feature Michael Myers as the killer. But the plot thickens because Michael Myers was actually seen on screen in the movie, which was during a commercial on a television (within the movie) as a promo for the movie Halloween that was to air on a fictional local TV station in California.
That is also where Halloween III: Season of the Witch divests itself even further from the original Halloween canon, thus proving that the film takes place outside of the fictional realm of Haddonfield, Illinois and acknowledges that Halloween was a horror movie, not a reality.
Therefore, if the new Halloween picks up where Halloween II left off, then it is essentially Halloween III and thus constitutes itself as a remake (of a sequel). That also makes the new Halloween a sequel (Part III) and it also reboots the Halloween franchise, which strayed really far off path with Halloween III, IV, V, VI and then restored itself to the original continuity in Halloween: H20 with the reemergence of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. The same can also be said about Halloween: Resurrection since Jamie Lee Curtis is once again in that film as Laurie Strode, so that is why the reboot is a relevant term here.
“Atmospheric and Creepy”
“Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror,” Danny McBride said. “Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There’s a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.”
Yes, there is indeed a simplicity to that first Halloween by John Carpenter. But there is a complicated backlog of sequels that came after that and even though it’s been tried before, Jamie Lloyd is a treasured part of the Halloween family that fans love and don’t want to see erased from the canon. Those films gave birth to the scream queen, Danielle Harris, and fans adore her in the horror genre – so much so that she was recast in the Rob Zombie Halloween remakes and completely owned the role of Annie Brackett.
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