Review Halloween (2018)

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“Halloween” Change Talk & Gyllenhaal Reveal


Following the first trailer release for the new “Halloween” late last week, the film’s co-writer Danny McBride has spoken some more about it and the decision by the writers to effectively wipe the slate clean and ignore every film after the original 1978 one.

Speaking with Coming Soon, McBride explained the choice to do the film in the first place, comparing it to something like Batman in that it’s a property which allows for multiple artist interpretations:

“You see these different artists take on these iconic characters so I think it’s kind of cool to see what different filmmakers will do with a property that is so well known. I would rather have that approach to Michael Myers than everyone just continuing some storyline and just trying to regurgitate these things. I think it’s more interesting to have someone like [director] David [Gordon Green] or Rob Zombie, these filmmakers that just come and put their own stamp on it for better or worse. I think that’s a more interesting way for a franchise to stay alive than to just continue to beat the same drum over and over again.”

He also spoke about the decision to ignore the previous sequels, including the second one, which makes Laurie Strode no longer related to Michael Myers:

“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 any more, it seemed too personalised. I wasn’t as afraid of Michael Myers any more 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.

Anyone who’s a fan of any of these films will find nice little Easter eggs acknowledging our salute to the filmmakers that have preceded us in the stories and mythologies as they have unfolded. For us, it was a clean slate type of opportunity, where if there was a little inspiration or mirror image of something it’s very subtle in the movie because we want to start fresh for a new generation but with great appreciation for the previous”

In a separate story, Variety reveals that actor Jake Gyllenhaal is partly responsible for the film happening. The actor is a family friend of Jamie Lee Curtis, and he convinced her to speak with the reboot’s director David Gordon Green. Once she did, they reportedly hit it off immediately and the film went forward.

Returning to McBride, he’s revealed to EW that at one time they were considering two films, but changed it to just one:

“We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back…Then we were like, Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we’d never work again. So, let’s not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren’t going to like. So, we were like, Let’s learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn’t. But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it.”

The new “Halloween” opens in cinemas on October 19th.


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The soundtrack will reportedly arrive October 26 19 via Sacred Bones (Carpenter's label, naturally) on CD and both standard black and limited-edition orange vinyl. There will also be an "Art Edition" with a Myers target practice poster.

I'm in the process of getting into vinyl, starting with my recently-deceased grandmother's records. This will be a definite must-have on vinyl.
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“Halloween” Draws Great Reviews In Toronto


While reviews for “The Predator” were mixed out of Toronto, reviews for the new “Halloween” whichi screened last night were much more positive with plenty of them calling it a return to form for the series.

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions held the premiere of David Gordon Green’s slasher sequel at the film festival and the reaction varied between good and great. With fifteen reviews counted, the film sits at an impressive 93% and an 8/10 average rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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. The film opens October 19th, and here’s a sampling of reviews below:

Variety: “Green has pulled off what he set out to do, tying up the mythology that Carpenter and company established, while delivering plenty of fresh suspense – and grisly-creative kills – for younger audiences.”

THR: “Carpenter should be pleased, and so should genre buffs – for once, this is a pic their less geeky girl/boyfriends should enjoy.”

EW: “The movie mostly works because it’s so fundamental, and funny too: Michael still never speaks; his mask and his slow, deadly, deliberate walk say everything they need to.

Nerdist: “For all of the deep and fascinating semiotic analysis of this film, it’s also just a great Halloween movie.

The Playlist: “Thrilling, atmospheric, and brutally violent, Halloween (2018) delivers exactly what fans want from the series and then some.”

Bloody Disgusting: “All in all, Halloween is a worthy entry in the franchise…the core cast is good to great, as is the violence and the gore. Everything really clicks at the finale.”

Cinemixtape: “David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” may not be perfect, but it’s exactly the rough-and-tumble twenty-first century sequel that Carpenter’s film deserves.”

Collider: “We finally have a new Halloween movie that moves the franchise forward and respects its legacy.”

Dread Central: “Halloween pays loving and respectful homage … while making a very bold and decisive claim for its own existence. This is the real deal and it is every horror fan’s dream come true.”

Indiewire: “The movie would be a harmless, discardable remix of standard horror notes if not for Curtis, who charges through the movie as if she never stopped running four decades back.”

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HALLOWEEN (2018) interviews - Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, David Gordon Green, Jason Blum

Fox 5's entertainment reporter, Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV), sat down with Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, David Gordon Green and Jason Blum to talk about the 2018 Halloween sequel.


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The earliest tracking figures are in for the new David Gordon Green-directed “Halloween” and the film is headed for a massive box-office opening on October 19th.

Box-Office Pro reports that the film, which boasts a tight budget of only $10 million, is on track for a domestic opening weekend in the $50-$85 million range. The film is reportedly tracking well ahead of recent horror-thriller films like “Split” and “A Quiet Place” which opened to $40M and $50M respectively.

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New “Halloween” Poised For $65M Opening

Universal’s R-rated “Halloween” refresh is headed for a major opening at the box-office. The David Gordon Green-directed film is eyeing an opening in the $57-65 million range in the U.S., though some analysts say it could hit $70 million.

That’s easily a record launch for the franchise – the 2007 reboot being the biggest previous opening with $26 million. In fact, the new “Halloween” could pass “Hannibal” ($58M) and “The Nun” ($53M) to nab the second best R-rated horror film opening of all time – behind only “IT” ($123M).
Shot for just $10 million, and scoring strong reviews, the film is already set to be hugely profitable – something Universal needs following the disappointing launch of “First Man” last weekend. The new “Halloween” will be released in twenty-one international territories this weekend.

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Doing promotion for “Halloween” this week, actress Jamie Lee Curtis has been fairly brutally honest about her past history with the franchise and how she’s churned out some not so great entries in the past:

“The real stamp of approval is John Carpenter’s, not mine. Because I made a couple of [rubbish] ones. Did you see Resurrection?! Halloween II wasn’t great. H20 was okay. Resurrection is a piece of [crap]. But the seal of approval was John Carpenter.”