Casting Has Begun for The Next Halloween Film Entitled Halloween Returns. Dimension films has begun the casting process for the next entry into the beloved, yet half-terrible, franchise of horror films. This will be the 11th film in the series, and is meant as a “recalibration” of sorts.
This will be a reboot. This will not follow the latest Rob Zombie directed films, nor continue along the Jamie Lee Curtis or Busta Rhymes storylines. That was a joke, but I felt it necessary to point out. In all seriousness, I adore the first Halloween film. It’s one of my top five horror films, and was a major influence of sensibilities and aesthetic taste in my early childhood. I’ve followed the franchise all my life and am always hoping for something pure, something that gets back to that first film. Hell, even the second, or H:20, even. I know I’m lowering the bar there, a little, but compared to some of the dreck found in other installments, those three are gold.
In any case, according to Bloody-Disgusting,
Halloween Returns will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers. The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.
They also report that this will not be in 3D, which is an odd detail to put out there (especially this early in the process) but one that seems to be an all-encompassing detail: we are not making a gimmick movie, here. I’m not getting my hopes up, but some of the talent seems to be “ok”. Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan are writing the screenplay. They’ve worked on a few Saw sequels, Pacific Rim, Feast, The Collector and The Collection. Let’s hope they’re the right guys for the job – although at this point, I wonder if another Halloween film is really something we need. Michael Myers on death row? Really? Did they let him keep his mask on? How is this the boogeyman, pure evil, a force of nature, still? Seems like just another serial killer to me. Maybe I’m expecting too much from the 11th entry in a horror franchise, but I really thought we’d get better Halloween films from now on, not ‘Michael Myers is on death row’. Good lord.
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