When it comes to horror franchises as big as Halloween, they’re usually subject to a swirling shit storm of rumors and false information, making it hard to sift through what’s real and what isn’t. And that’s a big part of why you don’t see a lot of news on high profile horror movies like Halloween on Rhino’s Horror, because you simply can’t trust anything you read and I’d rather not report false information (like some of the big sites out there).
We’ve been talking about revisiting Michael Myers for years now with one major question—will the new film follow the continuity of Rob Zombie’s last two efforts or ignore them completely? Where will it fit in the Halloween universe? These are some big questions that just yesterday finally got answered after Dimension dropped an official press release on the horror world, finally putting all of these rumors to rest. Halloween is most certainly back and here’s everything we know as of right now.
Who is directing?
Believe it or not, but people have been wondering if Rob Zombie would be back to direct the new Halloween. But with just how bad his Halloween 2 performed and people generally hating it (I don’t think it’s that bad), it was never a question of if he’d back, but rather who would replace him. And now we know.
Marcus Dunstan, director of The Collector and The Collection, has been given the tall task of bringing one of horror’s most iconic slashers back to the big screen, and is no doubt an interesting choice. While he may only have two directing gigs under his belt, one look at his IMDb page will tell you that he certainly knows a thing or two about the horror genre.
Who is writing?
Well, not only is Dunstan directing, but he’s also writing alongside Patrick Melton. This isn’t the first time the duo have worked together, though, as the two have been behind a handful of Saw films. If there was any red flag, I think this is it. The Saw franchise just got progressively worse with each new film, becoming white noise by the time it all wrapped up. But who knows, maybe a change of scenery will do wonders for these guys. We’ll see!
What is the title?
I’m not the biggest fan of the new title, Halloween Returns, but you’ve got to figure in that there are what, 500 movies in this franchise by now? Could have been worse I suppose.
What is it about?
While the actual synopsis was kept under wraps in the official press release, other sources reported on the same day that the film takes place with Myers on death row. Check it out:
The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims play a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter. Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.
Myers on death row is an interesting choice, mostly because it takes away some of the mystery of the man behind the mask, but it’s certainly better than starting the movie with him escaping from an insane asylum again, so there’s that. My only real issue with this, and it’s a rather pointless one I’ll admit, but how do two kids just “sneak” into an execution… in a prison? Hmm.
So, where does it fit in the Halloween universe?
Okay, so here it is—will Halloween Returns pick up where Zombie’s last film left off? Not even close. Reports say that Deputy Gary Hunt, from 1981’s Halloween II, appears in the new film, now as sheriff. Which leaves Halloween Returns actually connected to the original series, completely ignoring the later sequels. For me, I really don’t care which film it’s connected to as long as it’s good, so please, make a good movie so we don’t have to reboot this shit again in a few years.
So there you have it, folks, everything you need to know about the new Halloween. This news is still pretty fresh, so I’d imagine we’ll be hearing plenty of new details in the coming months, especially with production starting in July, so hang in there.
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