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There was no way to predict that a low-budget, independent horror movie with a no-name cast would go on to become one of the most influential films in cinematic history. But 40 years ago, John Carpenter built the framework for one of the most successful franchises ever and helped create the “slasher” genre with the 1978 smash Halloween.
In the ensuing years, Michael Myers (aka The Shape) became one of culture’s preeminent boogeymen, Carpenter’s haunting theme continued to set an ominous mood and the fictional town of Haddonfield dealt with a serious body count problem. While the motivations for Michael’s actions grew more convoluted, he remained a terrifying force four decades later.
Now, with a new Halloween in the works from director David Gordon Green and writer Danny McBride, featuring original star Jamie Lee Curtis as the ultimate survivor, Et decided it was time to look back on the franchise to determine which film is a dull »
Everybody who has been following the very funny HBO comedy show Vice Principals knows that it’s mainly about two middle-aged buddies, Neal Gamby (Danny McBride) and Lee Russell (Walton Coggins), who are the vice principals at North Jackson High School in S. Carolina. They’re basically two overgrown hairy mean girls and, at the end of season 1, Gamby got some payback when somebody wearing a disguise shot him in the school parking lot. Sounds pretty funny so far, right? So, let’s explore the reasons why Season 2 of Vice Principals isn’t as good as the first. 1. Poor Pitiful Gamby
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- Gale Robinson
In exactly a year’s time, we’ll be settling in to watch the blank-faced Michael square off against Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode for the final time in Halloween. When the film releases, it’ll be the fortieth anniversary of John Carpenter’s iconic series, which redefined the genre and set out the tone and rhythm that we still see in movies to this day.
Bringing the project to fruition are Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, two men who you wouldn’t expect to dip their toes into horror, but that’s what makes this whole thing all the more exciting. From what we understand, the film will be a sequel of sorts to the original, disregarding Halloweens 2-8 and Rob Zombie’s mid-2000s reboot. This indicates that they’re eager to shed some of the baggage that’s built up around Laurie and Michael’s various »
- Matt Joseph
John Carpenter may not be returning to the director’s chair for the new Halloween movie, but it seems he has now agreed to compose the score for the horror reboot, which is being helmed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.
“I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I’ve made a deal to do the music,” Carpenter tells Billboard. “There are many options. I’ll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I’ll have to see the movie to see what it requires.”
Meanwhile, Carpenter also revealed that the new »
- Gary Collinson
Next year's Halloween is going to get kicked up a notch. On Friday, it was announced that Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising the iconic role of Laurie Strode in Halloween, another reboot of the beloved horror franchise due out on Oct. 19, 2018. It's an exciting reveal for one of the first-ever scream queens because truly nothing is scarier than watching her fend off her psychotic, murderous, William Shatner-mask-wearing younger brother with only a wire hanger in the 1978 original. Then again, doesn't Laurie get stabbed by her deranged sibling and thrown to her death in the franchise's eighth movie, Halloween: Resurrection? According to John Carpenter, who's on board as an executive producer and creative consultant, the reboot will be ignoring everything after the original film. "It's kind of a . . . I don't know how to describe it. It's almost an alternative reality," he explained to Stereo Gum. "It picks up after »
- Quinn Keaney
For whatever reason, the Friday the 13th franchise can't seem to get going again, but Jason's biggest rival, Michael Myers, is coming back to the big screen next year. John Carpenter, the man who directed the original Halloween and brought the modern slasher movie to life, is on board as an executive producer. So, even though he isn't directing, he's pretty heavily involved. Now we have word that he's officially signed on to score the soundtrack for the Halloween reboot as well. It's early, but this sounds like it could be awesome.
The horror legend has been doing scores for his movies for a very long time now and did the score for the original Halloween, including coming up with that iconic theme. Music has been his main focus these days, but he hasn't actually scored a Halloween movie since Halloween III: Season of the Witch, otherwise known as the »
Tommy Jarvis is perhaps the second most favorite character in the Friday the 13th franchise. Yet, he's laid dormant in torment longer than Jason Voorhees himself, last appearing on the big screen in 1986's Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI, as played by cult favorite Thom Mathews. But it was 80s heartthrob and aspiring musician Corey Feldman that first embodied the character, crafting it as his own before moving on to such blockbusters as The Goonies and Stand by Me. Now, Corey Feldman is ready to return as Tommy Jarvis. But Friday the 13th rights holders refuse to commit to the idea.
Not that they haven't tried to make it work. Corey Feldman has had a few meetings about reprising his role as Tommy Jarvis over the years, resurrecting the character in what Feldman calls a sequel akin to what Jamie Lee Curtis did in Halloween: H20. In fact, »
Halloween: John Carpenter says that events in the sequels to his classic fright flick Halloween will all be ignored in the upcoming new version: "It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the others were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed.” David Gordon Green will direct, based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise her role as Laurie Strode (above); Judy Greer is in talks to play her daughter. [Stereo Gum via Bloody Disgusting] Spies in Disguise: Will Smith (Suicide Squad, above) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) will voice characters in the animated movie Spies in Disguise...
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- Peter Martin
When it was first announced that Danny McBride and David Gordon Green would be writing and directing a new Halloween film, our response was essentially, “Huh. That’s...one way to go.” And while McBride had already suggested they would ignore some sequels, it sounds like they mean it.
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- Alex McLevy
Halloween: John Carpenter says that events in the sequels to his classic fright flick Halloween will all be ignored in the upcoming new version: "It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the others were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed.” David Gordon Green will direct, based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis will...
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Simon Brew Oct 10, 2017
Count us amongst those growing cautiously optimistic about the latest entry in the Halloween movie series. The film is being directed by David Gordon Green, and crucially, it has the involvement of John Carpenter (who directed the original, of course). Furthermore, Jamie Lee Curtis is back playing Laurie Strode in the new film, with Judy Greer playing her daughter.
Carpenter has given a new interview about the movie too, where he’s revealed the approach of the new feature. Chatting to Stereo Gum about Curtis’ return and how it’d work, he said that “she talked to the director. Her part was written into the script and they had this idea — it’s kind of a… I don’t know how to describe it. It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first »
There's a long tradition of horror sequels ignoring the events of previous movies, and it looks like David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's upcoming Halloween sequel will be no different. We knew that the film would be wiping much of the slate clean, with McBride saying that they were "focusing mainly on the first two movies" earlier this year, but John Carpenter... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
We're getting a new Halloween next year! Michael Myers is about to make his long-awaited return to the big screen for the first time since Rob Zombie's Halloween II, a movie most fans would probably like to forget. But this upcoming Halloween reboot is going to pretend as though that movie never happened. In fact, it's going to pretend that every Halloween sequel beyond the original movie doesn't exist, according to http://movieweb.com/halloween-sequel-john-carpenter-role-involvement/John Carpenter.
Even though John Carpenter isn't directing the new Halloween movie, he is said to be heavily involved in the production. Instead, it's David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) who gets that honor. He co-wrote the script with his frequent collaborator, Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant) and, according to Carpenter, their script is not only impressive, but it completely ignores everything beyond his first movie and exists in an "alternative reality." Here's what he had to »
Speaking with Stereo Gum (in an interview reported on by Bloody Disgusting), Carpenter had this to say about the timeline of the new Halloween movie, which is expected to begin filming in Charleston, South Carolina this November:
"It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the other [sequels] were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed."
This statement goes in line with the official press release from Universal (see below) that mentions that "David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film. »
- Derek Anderson
Last week we brought you news that Judy Greer was cast as Laurie Strode’s daughter, Karen, in the upcoming Blumhouse Halloween sequel co-written by Danny McBride & David Gordon Green and directed by Green. Today we have updates on the… Continue Reading →
- Mike Sprague
From the very beginning, the belief has been that David Gordon Green’s Halloween will be picking up after the events of Halloween 2, disregarding all the sequels that came in the wake of the 1981 film. But as we recently speculated, comments from Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride have suggested that even Halloween 2 […] »
- John Squires
Praise be to the weird team of Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Adam Countee, and director David Gordon Green for always finding ways to move Vice Principals forward, even when it looks like it’s about to take a few steps back. Last week’s episode, “The King,” was certainly funny, but it felt weirdly isolated from the…
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- Kyle Fowle
It was recently announced that Jamie Lee Curtis would be reprising her role as the iconic Laurie Strode for the upcoming Halloween reboot being produced by Danny Mcbride, and directed by David Gordon Green. Also cast is Laurie Strode’s daughter, being played by actress Judy Greer (Arrested Development). This bodes well for the reboot, as does the news that Carpenter “digs” the script, and is heavily involved in the creative process. So far, so good.
Jamie Lee Curtis, most recently involved in the show Scream Queens, hasn’t been in a Halloween film since Halloween: Resurrection, where you may recall she did not survive. Given the quality of the last few films, and her character’s demise in the 2002 film, what made her come back? Speaking to Metro, the horror icon explains:
“Because she is Laurie Strode (laughs). Right? I don’t know who else is going to play her? »
- Jordan Jones
I think it’s fair to say that there’s a sense of cautious optimism slowly building around David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s new take on the iconic Halloween. Said to be a reboot/direct sequel to the second film in the franchise (plot details are still scarce, so the exact shape it’ll take is currently unknown), everything we’ve heard about it so far has sounded quite promising and perhaps the most exciting update to arise is that Jamie Lee Curtis will be returning to the role of Laurie Strode.
Admittedly, it was an announcement that took almost everyone by surprise, but it was very welcome news and now, in an interview with Metro, Green’s explained why he just had to have the actress in his film. To put it simply, it’s because no one else can play the character.
“Because she is Laurie Strode (laughs). Right? »
- Matt Joseph
Chaos Walking: Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express, above) shared a photo on social media (below), revealing that she has dramatically changed her appearance for a role in Chaos Walking. She stars alongside Tom Holland (also in the photo) as two people on the run in a dystopian world on the brink of war. Doug Liman (American Made) is directing; the movie is scheduled to hit theaters on March 1, 2019. [Facebook via ScreenCrush] Halloween: Judy Greer (above) is in talks to join the cast of Halloween. If things work out, Greer will portray Karen Strode, the daughter of Laurie Strode, who will once again be played by Jamie Lee Curtis. The new Halloween is based on a screenplay by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green (Stronger); Green will direct the horror...
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- Peter Martin
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