As much as I love the “Halloween” series, the current state of Michael Myers is a bit of an enigma. The first movie kind of left it to your imagination whether or not he was evil incarnate or just a crazy guy. After that things started to drift more towards the supernatural spectrum with Myers being tied to a crazy cult. And then Busta Rhymes kicked his ass out of a window. So just what is Michael’s deal these days?
Well it sounds like the creative team behind the new “Halloween” film is looking to take things back to square one and possibly cleanse Michael of his supernatural persona. Speaking with Empire Podcast Danny McBride, one of the writers on the new “Halloween” film, opened up on Michael’s complex history and how he wants to make the character one to be feared again:
Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement. David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny and it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed. That stuff to me isn’t scary, I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen. I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.
It all sounds very promising. Personally I enjoyed Michael most when he was a mystery. I wasn’t a fan of the films that delved into the Cult of Thorn and I didn’t particularly enjoy Rob Zombie’s attempt to explain Michael’s psyche. I like the idea that Michael’s true nature is a bit more ambiguous. It’ll be interesting to see if McBride and his co-writer/director David Gordon Green make Michael more myth than man.
The new “Halloween” film is slated to hit theaters on October 19, 2018.