Halloween: First Look - Undead Monday

Posted by The Daily Zombies Monday, June 11, 2018

This Undead Monday, we take a First Look at David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's unique take on one of the most iconic unkillable slasher on the big screen in Halloween (yeah, just Halloween), an alternate sequel to the original classic by John Carpenter in 1978. 



We shall start off with a soundbyte right from John Carpenter himself back in 2016:

"Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I'm going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all".

Well, technically, Carpenter finally manage to four decades later with the upcoming Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Jeff Fradley, and Danny McBride. Interestingly, Green and McBride, both of the driving forces behind this latest take on cinema's most iconic unkillable slasher, Michael Myers, have made their careers so far on comedies. But to Carpenter's point on making this 10th sequel the scariest of them all, Green and McBride are not here to fool around. 

In a nutshell, the latest film will be a direct sequel taking place up forty years after the events of the original film, with the full continuity (or the lack thereof) of all ten of the previous sequels (including the 1981 Halloween II written and produced by Carpenter himself) disregarded. Most important of all, this would mean that the revelation of Laurie Strode, the original protagonist of the series famously portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis, being the sister of Michael Myers, is no more. As a matter of fact, this particularly controversial plot development for both Laurie and Michael is specifically removed in the new take. Speaking to Coming Soon, McBride remarked:

“I was pushing for that removal right off the bat . I just felt like that was an area where he wasn’t quite as scary anymore, it seemed too personalized. I wasn’t as afraid of Michael Myers anymore because I’m not his fucking brother so he’s not coming after me. Also you’ve seen it, so wouldn’t it be interesting just to see what would happen if it wasn’t that, and what does that open up for us if it wasn’t this random killing that has affected this character, so it just seemed like new territory to bite off.”

Sounds about right for me. By removing this unnecessary plot element that only worked to shock for that couple of moments after the revelation, it worked further to deepen the larger-than-life myth that is Michael Myers. And it is this renewed sense of unleashing something new from the old that the pitch was further endorsed by Carpenter himself.

Based on the recently released trailer, Carpenter's faith in this may just be awarded in spade with the tense atmosphere fully entrenched with the mythic presense of Michael Myers. Particularly, what caught our eyes was the scene at the prison. Check out the trailer right below. 



The first poster released for the film.




Here are the first official images released so far.






Here's the official synopsis for the film:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Halloween is currently scheduled to be released October 19, 2018. 



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