Though filming on the Halloween sequel / soft reboot / retcon has been moved to January, it’s definitely happening, whether you want it or not. Personally, the more I hear about it, the more I can get behind the project. Not only does it have the endorsement of creator John Carpenter, but Jamie Lee Curtis is returning as Laurie Strode. Though plot details are scant at the moment, co-writer Danny McBride had some interesting things to say about the film’s tone in an interview with the Charleston City Paper.
It’s clear from the interview that the film is going to return to the more atmospheric tone of the original film, a welcome change in a horror landscape where gore is the norm. Not that there’s anything wrong with gore, of course. There’s just so damn much of it.
“We’re trying to mine that dread,” McBride told City Paper writer Kevin Young. “To us, it was all about bringing back the creep factor and trying to find the horror in your own backyard, in our own homes.”
Every small news piece I hear about the new Halloween film gives me hope that this is going to be something really special, not a cynical cash grab. McBride is clearly a horror fan. When asked about how far back his obsession goes, he says when they were kids, he and his sister would “zip past the new releases and go right to the horror stuff.”