What are your thoughts on Carpenter’s return to Halloween?

A new Halloween movie is not at all surprising news—it’s just one of those franchises that will forever be a mainstay in the genre—but what is surprising is that Blumhouse, Miramax, and none other than original Halloween director John Carpenter are partnering for the latest installment. While it’s guaranteed to distance itself as far away from Rob Zombie’s films as possible, there’s really no word on which direction they’ve chosen to go with this one—Carpenter himself calls it a “10th sequel”, so there’s that.

But perhaps the most exciting piece of news here isn’t even that Carpenter is on board as an executive producer, it’s that his involvement means that they’re going back to the basics with horror’s original Boogeyman. He says, “We’re probably going to go back to the basics and the original traditions that we started with early on. It’s kind of gone astray a little bit; Michael Myers isn’t a character. He’s a force of nature, he’s not a person. He’s part supernatural, part human. He’s like the wind, an evil wind, and when you start straying away from that and you start explaining, you get lost. So hopefully we can guide it back in that direction.” His description of Myers is spot on—he’s a monster and needs to be treated like one, and the less we know about him the better.

As of right now the search is on for a writer and director, so you can expect to be hearing some big news on that very soon, especially if they really want to have this thing out in theaters next year. I saw someone on Twitter mention that Green Room’s Jeremy Saulnier should get the nod, and ho-ly-shit how cool would that be? I’d like to hear your thoughts on a new Halloween movie spearheaded by John Carpenter—are you excited to see what he does with the franchise after all these years? Let me know!

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9 thoughts on “What are your thoughts on Carpenter’s return to Halloween?

      1. I actually liked the Rob Zombie movies but they could have easily been called something else and been about a different killer. I actually would have preferred them that way. I didn’t like any of the later Halloween sequels very much (4, 5, Resurrection) but I did like H2O because of Jamie Lee’s return to the franchise.

      2. That’s a good way to put it about Zombie’s films, they definitely would have worked better as their own entity. The only other Halloween movies I really liked were Halloween 2 and 3.

  1. How funny – I was just watching the Zombie Halloween (1) a few minutes ago and lamenting about how noisy and busy it is. I would LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE to get back to The Shape. Simple, haunting, silence.

  2. So freakin excited. It’s always a little hard to know how much influence a producer will have. But apparently Carpenter will almost certainly do the soundtrack as well which I think shows he is invested. And I’m a massive fan of Blumhouse, so even if it was just them being involved I’d be excited.

    1. Yeah it sounds like carpenter is going to be really involved with the film, which is pretty exciting and I also can’t wait to see what Blumhouse does with the franchise. It’s definitely in good hands!

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