halloween reboot teaser

It’s almost time, kids! It’s almost time for the Halloween reboot trailer to arrive and give us all the creeps. And while we wait for the impending trailer, we can all enjoy these new teasers. Trick or treat, baby.

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This is today’s new teaser, which offers actual footage, and boy does it look intense.

 

This second teaser, posted by Jamie Lee Curtis herself, is even better. It features Curtis, singing a song her character sang in the original movie, strolling around her secluded home. We see security cameras, hinting at the precautions Curtis’ Laurie Strode has taken to prepare herself for the return of Michael Myers. And then we see Laurie fire a gun. She’s ready.

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This was the first teaser released. There’s no footage here (unless you count that extreme close-up on the Michael Myers mask), but this new Halloween teaser does exactly what it needs to do: generate excitement. I don’t know about you, but the minute the main Halloween theme kicked in at the end of this teaser, I felt goosebumps crawling up my arms.

The hype for this new Halloween is already through the roof. The horror franchise has had its ups and downs (mostly downs), and now Blumhouse, director David Gordon Green, co-writer Danny McBride and original Halloween director John Carpenter have all come together to hopefully deliver one more good scare. Here’s everything you need to know about the Halloween reboot.

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Jamie Lee Curtis is Back

Jamie Lee Curtis made her big screen debut in the original Halloween, and now she’s back for one last confrontation with Michael Myers. Curtis has appeared in several other entires in the franchise – Halloween IIHalloween H20, and Halloween: Resurrection. But it was very important to co-writers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride to bring Curtis back for their entry. “I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her,” McBride said, “but no one really knew if we would be able to. So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

“As soon as I read what David Green and Danny McBride had come up with, and the way that they connected the dots of the story, it made so much sense to me that it felt totally appropriate for me to return to Haddonfield for another 40th-anniversary retelling,” Curtis said.

In the new film, Curtis’ Laurie Strode has “armed and prepped herself for Michael’s inevitable return — to the detriment of her family, including daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).”

John Carpenter Approved the Story

After Rob Zombie’s Halloween reboot(s), the franchise went into a dormant period for a few years. Rumors of more films cropped up from time to time, but nothing concrete ever took hold. Then, in 2016, Blumhouse and Miramax announced they were going to co-finance a new entry in the franchise, and that original Halloween director John Carpenter was on board as executive producer. “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween…I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all,” Carpenter said.

Fans immediately began wondering who would helm the new Halloween, with horror director Mike Flanagan mentioned as a strong possibility, along with Adam Wingard. Then an announcement came that caught almost everyone off-guard: David Gordon Green, director of comedies like Your Highness and Pineapple Express, would direct the film. In addition to that, Green’s frequent collaborator, actor Danny McBride, would co-write the script.

While this choice may have seemed strange at first, it was based primarily on Green and McBride’s impressive pitch to Carpenter himself. “I’m a humongous Halloween fan,” McBride said, “so when David and I got approached about doing this from Blumhouse [the studio behind Get Out], the first thing David and I said was, ‘We’ll come up with a take, but we have to pitch it to [franchise creator John] Carpenter. If he’s not interested, we’re definitely not into making this.’ And [executive producer] Jason Blum was totally on board with that. That’s exactly what he wanted to do anyway,” McBride says. “So we came up with our pitch. We pitched to Carpenter, and he was into it, which kind of blew David and me away.”

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The New Halloween Ignores All the Previous Sequels 

This decision might end up being slightly controversial with Halloween fans. The new film is going to jettison nearly everything that happened in the other Halloween sequels, and serve as a direct follow-up to the first film. “We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride said. “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.” I know all your Cult of Thorn fans will be disappointed about this, but it’s probably for the best. The mythology of the franchise grew considerably muddy over the years, and a fresh start gives the new film more freedom.

Carpenter is Creating the Score

John Carpenter’s Halloween theme is one of the most iconic pieces of horror movie music in history. It’s only fitting that Carpenter would return to create the music for the new film as well. “I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I’ve made a deal to do the music,” the director and composer said. “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.”

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Original Michael Myers Actor Nick Castle is Returning 

Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter aren’t the only original Halloween team members returning for the new film. Actor and stunt man Nick Castle played Michael Myers in Carpenter’s original, and he’s returned to slip on those blood-splattered overalls once again. Castle won’t be playing The Shape for the whole film – he’ll be sharing that duty with actor/stuntman James Jude Courtney.

“David [Gordon Green] was really sensitive and generous when he said, ‘We’re inviting Nick Castle to come back to do a little work. Do you have a problem with that, because you’re the Michael Myers now?’,” Courtney said. “And I was like, ‘Oh my God. Are you kidding? What an honor it would be, first of all to meet the guy, but secondly to work with him. How good does that get?’”

Courtney added:

“So we started work, and I can’t remember if it was the second or third week that Nick came in and did kind of a cameo. He did a couple of scenes, and I’m in the scenes with him, which is really beautiful. He and I were hoping that would happen, because he even said, ‘This is the passing of the torch.’ We met with foreign journalists on the set, and Nick was so super gracious and just saying, ‘Look, I’ve come in to do a cameo. Jim is our Michael Myers now.’“

Halloween opens October 19, 2018. Look for the full trailer this Friday.

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