He’s Coming to a New House

Halloween fans everywhere rejoice! John Carpenter, the original mastermind behind 1979’s Halloween is returning to the franchise as Executive Producer/Creative Consultant and hopefully just possibly to create a new score for the film. Malek Akkad–who’s father, Moustapha Akkad, was producer since the original–is on board to produce the new film as well.

Just a few short days ago the studio Blumhouse, which has produced such films as Insidious, Sinister, Paranormal Activity, and The Purge franchises, announced they have acquired the rights to create the new Halloween movie. Say what you will about those franchises but it can’t be disputed they are are powerhouses at the box office. Something to also note, is that all of those films were made on small budgets according to film standards today. This calls to mind that the original Halloween was made on a budget of $325,000 according to Box Office Mojo. This type of low budget horror film is right in the wheel house of Blumhouse who has proven they’re able to take a small budget horror film and reap huge profits. Jason Blum himself–the founder of Blumhouse–stated that the film would be made on a modest budget with Carpenter agreeing that is how it should be.

Personally, I am a fan of the Insidious franchise because it features solid storytelling with some great scares. I do feel the other franchises are or have become pretentious, but with Carpenter on board I have no fears this new Halloween film will have that problem.

Image credit: Eric Charbonneau – Shown left-right: Zanne Devine (Miramax), Malek Akkad, John Carpenter, Jason Blum, David Thwaites (Miramax)

According to a statement released by Blumhouse, this is what Carpenter had to say about the new film and the franchise in general: “Halloween needs to return to its traditions. I feel like the movies have gotten away from that… Michael is not just a human being; he’s a force of nature, like the wind. That’s what makes him so scary.”

As of this writing little is known about the new film, except Carpenter will have his creative fingers all over it and long time franchise producer Akkad is returning. No director has yet been named and neither has anyone been cast.

Halloween Limbo

The last time Halloween fans saw Michael Myers on the big screen was in Rob Zombie’s 2009 Halloween II which concluded his duology. Zombie was hired to remake and reboot the franchise that left fans with a bad taste in their mouth after the horrid Halloween Resurrection. Supposedly, Zombie received Carpenter’s blessing, who dropped out of the series after the critically disappointing Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Zombie originally desired to make one film just as Carpenter had desire and like Carpenter he was pulled back in to make a sequel since the studio was planning on moving ahead without him and Zombie would not have anyone else in charge of his vision.

Well, as usual, the studio would not rest with just a two film duology, but planned to expand Zombie’s vision with a trilogy. Two years after the disappointing Halloween II, fans were teased with the forthcoming Halloween 3D to be released October 2012. Two writers were attached but promptly dropped out to work on a Hellraiser reboot (which has still never happened). It was rumored Tyler Mane, who played Michael Myers in Zombie’s film, would reprise his role. In early 2012 the film was dropped since no progress had been made.

Nearly a year and a half ago, news broke that The Weinstein Company was in process of making a new movie titled Halloween Returns, meant to reintroduce audiences to the killer Michael Myers. Essentially the plot would revolve around a small groups of teens who are all connected to Myers in some way. Myers has been placed on death row so the teens sneak in to watch his execution, but he escapes and the teens must face Myers in the execution facility. Personally, I was excited for a new Halloween film, but that plot does not sound that great or exciting. Akkad must have thought the same thing since in October of 2015 he decided to postpone the film in order to supposedly improve it.

Alas, Dimension Films let the rights to Halloween go in December 2015 which ultimately cancelled Halloween Returns.

Carpenter has this to say about the new film: “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”

I have hope in this new movie because Carpenter is returning. Yes the franchise is unnecessary and a majority of the films are bad but I believe Carpenter can give us one more good scare.

Halloween Waits for No One

If you’re like me and very excited about this news you may want to catch Carpenter’s newly recorded themes from the original Halloween. Currently it is only available on vinyl and it’s up for pre-order over at Amazon right now.

If you want to reminisce with Carpenter’s original horror masterpiece I recommend checking it out on Blu-ray. Go ahead and watch the sequel and Halloween 4 and Halloween 5. Those are the only films in the series worth watching in my opinion.