Early Draft of ‘Halloween’ Script Ended With Michael Myers Killing Laurie Strode

Now that the David Gordon Green-directed Halloween has come and gone, I thought it would be fun to look back at an early screenplay that carried significant differences from script to screen. Last month, I shared with you the alternate opening that would have reimagined the original Halloween‘s final moments in which Dr. Loomis would be killed by Michael Myers. Now, we’re digging into Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley‘s early script that carried a vastly different finale.

SPOILER WARNING.

For those who have seen the 2018 Halloween, which is a direct sequel to John Carpenter‘s 1978 slasher classic, the film ends with the Strode family locking Michael in the basement and burning the house down. We don’t know if he’s dead and everything is left ambiguous.

The early screenplay, however, had a completely different finale.

In the May 2017 draft, Laurie, Jamie (name later changed to Karen) and Allyson still end up at Laurie’s house, only this time the action takes place upstairs. Michael is getting hit with a handful of bullets, but continues to get back up. Echoing the originally planned opening, Laurie runs out of shotgun shells as she attempts to unload one final blow into the Shape. After a few clicks, she flees down the hall, abandoning Jamie and Allyson, who are both hiding under the bed.

After a tense moment, Michael turns and pursues Laurie into a room with a closet lit up. In a throwback to the original, Michael attacks only to find he’s been tricked, and Laurie isn’t in there. As he walks back down the hall, Laurie jumps out of nowhere and stabs Michael with a screwdriver. In the meantime, Jamie and Allyson climb out of the window. Laurie stabs Michael over and over until he drops the knife and grabs her by the throat (also a callback to the opening scene with Loomis). Jamie watches all of the action from outside of the window as Michael gets stabbed one final time in the neck as Laurie goes limp and drops to the ground. Jamie then comes back in the house and goes on the attack, pushing Michael out of the window. He vanishes into the night. Jamie and Allyson then go to Laurie and confirm that she’s dead.

The film was originally going to end Laurie’s story (as we were originally promised) and introduce her daughter and granddaughter into the mythology for more films (the script doesn’t promise a sequel but it does end through Michael’s perspective with heavy breathing getting louder and louder). Interestingly, this all goes against the filmmakers’ continual narrative that Michael is just killing at random. Green has said on record that he removed the family dynamic in order to make it scary again, only to introduce a similar mythology with the Strode family. While Laurie may not be Michael’s sister, the Shape is now the Strode family’s cross to bear. New film, same franchise problem.

IN FACT, the filmmakers toyed with the idea of nearly killing Strode in early incarnations of the edit. You can even see footage from this big confrontation in trailers in which Laurie and Michael come face to face (see below). In that scene, we’re told, Laurie goes to stab Michael and ends up having the knife turned into her stomach. She allegedly didn’t die in early edits and there were even rumors of some filming taking place at a hospital, which would have been yet another callback to Halloween II.

I certainly hope some of these goodies end up on the home video release in January.

Ultimate Michael Myers action figure by NECA

The Ultimate Michael Myers action figure was unleashed by NECA to tie-in with the smash-hit 2018 Halloween re-imagining movie.

“Based on his appearance in the thrilling new Halloween movie, this all new Michael stands over 7” tall and has received the Ultimate treatment, with over 25 points of articulation and tons of accessories. The Ultimate Michael Myers figure comes with two heads, knife, hammer, jack o’ lantern, interchangeable hands and more.”

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‘Halloween’s’ Voice of Dr. Loomis Colin Mahan: The Horror News Network Interview

Casual fans of  horror movies, and Halloween in particular, always assume that the hardcore fans love Michael Myers or Laurie Strode the best.  But real fans love one man and one man only when it comes to the original Halloween films: the maniacal and hysterical Dr. Loomis (played by the inimitable Donald Pleasence).

When news of the remake started to circulate through the horror community, many fans wondered if the legacy of the great actor and his portrayal of Loomis would be honored.  Thankfully, Loomis’ voice made it into the film, but was the audio captured from a previous film or outtakes?  As it turns out, the recording of “the good doctor” was performed by voice actor and comedian Colin Mahan.  In this exclusive interview, Mahan discusses how he landed the job, the pressure involved in recreating the classic voice, and how comedy and horror are not too far apart on the entertainment spectrum.

Horror News Network: How did you become involved with voicing the Doctor Loomis character in the new Halloween film?

Colin Mahan: Out of the blue I got an email from someone claiming to be working on a new Halloween and who had somehow heard I did Donald Pleasence. My first thought was that it was a really specific phishing scam. I don’t have any Donald Pleasance online, and he is such a weird very distinct and niche impression that whenever I do him onstage it usually gets two comics laughing or silence. Then I Googled the guy, and he was in fact a movie producer!

At first I thought it was for a little audio for the DVD release of the original movie, and that was super cool. But then it turns out it was for the new sequel, and I was blown away. I immediately became very excited and incredibly panicked.

So I send some audition lines to the team and they like it. Then months go by, I try not to bug them, and I’m just trying to remain positive but also not think about it. A lot of things fall through in showbiz so you try to say ‘ez come, ez go.’ It could be they rewrote Loomis out, or someone hated my impression, or they had to do it quickly and grabbed another actor, etc etc. There are a million reasons. But then finally they’re finally ready to record, I head down to Blumhouse and do the lines with the director and sound engineer, and I get my check. So those parts are definitely concrete. They happened. But still I wait and try to forget about it, because the other thing that happens is that you’ll do a bit, but it might get cut out. You just have to get ready for that. Finally, I see the movie and it’s truly in there, and my name is even in the credits! That was a delight. It’s definitely the coolest thing to happen so far in my career.

I am now working on my Dr. Sartain and hopefully in 40 years I can do his VO in the re-sequel.

HNN: Donald Pleasence was a legendary actor, and his distinct voice was a key attribute of the Loomis character.  How did you prepare for the role and bringing Loomis back to life?

Mahan: Rehearse the lines excessively and practice doing Donald throughout my day. When I’m really working on an impression I try to do everyday lines as the person, not just the lines we all know and love, so I understand how that person will say anything. So I recited the famous Donald lines like, “I shot him six times! The woods are lovely dark and deep. You are the Duke of New York and you’re A number 1!!” but also just normal things like ‘I’ve got to pour this goddamn coffee into my evil cup and this Amazon package is evil on the porch and now I’m putting evil items into my goddamn MANPURSE GODDAMMIT!’ Every Donald line always ends with yelling.

Actually, I did do a lot of ‘crazy Donald’ line readings that they didn’t use in the movie, maybe it’ll show up on the DVD.

HNN: Were you a fan of the franchise before this job?

Mahan: Yes! That’s why this is such a thrill. when I was younger I used to just run around as Loomis. Donald Pleasance is one of my favorite actors and I love all John Carpenter movies. He was my favorite director when I was a kid. It’s hard to pick my favorite film of his. Halloween is great, but I did love Halloween 2, because it had a lot of Loomis running around and yelling at the sheriff and saying words like “Samhain” which was super great in his voice. Plus that’s when it really became like “Loomis VS Michael.” I even liked Halloween 3. So it’s kind of a childhood dream realized to be a part of this movie. Plus I really liked the movie, they obviously crafted the film with a lot of attention and care. I thought Jamie Lee Curtis was perfect.

HNN: You are also a comedian. Do you think that there is a thin line between comedy and horror?

Yes, especially when the comedy is horrible (insert rimshot sound effect here)!

Both horror and comedy work well when they move slightly faster than you or shock you in an unexpected way. A good scare is like a good punchline in that it’s great when you don’t see it coming.

I think both genres are gut level and best left unexamined. Once you start to dissect why it worked it loses the effect. Everything is so over-scrutinized now and blathered incessantly about in think pieces. “Why was that funny? Why was that scary?” Why do we need to understand it? Just go along for the ride. Not to say always check your brain at the door, but what is the fun in trying to be jaded and overthinking it? It’s escapism, so escape.

Also, some of the best jokes or scares stick with you later, like a John Carpenter ending where you’re thinking of it for decades. “I can’t believe John Nada was killed a the end. What happened after he exposed the aliens?! Did humanity fight back?!” “Was MacReady the thing, or was Childs the thing?””Did Chevy Chase ever get his molecules back?” (for JC fans only).

HNN: How did you become an actor known for your impressions? What other voice work have you done in the industry? What other people or characters do you enjoy doing impressions of?

Mahan: Lonely childhood + hours of unsupervised TV and movies + William Shatner = explosion of nerdiness fit only for a comedy stage or writer’s room! I started out in the 90s during the dot-com boom, and thank god for that because it let a San Francisco comic stay in San Francisco for awhile instead of prematurely going to LA. There were animation and production houses in SF that you could actually earn a living writing for until they irresponsibly burned though millions of cash and imploded the economy. But eventually I did move to LA and did a lot of cartoons and stuff.

Current impressions are The Rock, Jack Black, Vin Diesel, Adam Driver, Kurt Russell. I still love doing Tom Cruise. And Bruce Willis is sort of my flagship impression but we are both too old now to matter. The best thing about doing Kurt Russell is that it translates pretty easily into a Wyatt Russell so I’m extending my viability with the youth market!

In the 90s when I started out, impressions were considered sort of gimmicky and hack, like parlor tricks, but they were also sort of rare. I took a lot of flack from other comics because the thinking went that impressions make it easier to delight an audience and that’s not fair, it’s like magic or props. But I always had sort of a sci-fi weirdo angle to my comedy so it offset that. I didn’t really do ‘What would happen if Ah-nold was at the grocery store?” my stuff was more about “What would happen if Ah-nold stumbled onto a plot about a terrible conspiracy in which humanity is enslaved by a global conglomerate run by Michael Caine? Would Nicolas Cage have to perform an elaborate show tune? I think that would go something like this…” So that had the effect of negating any goodwill earned by my impressions and it served to alienate and confuse audiences, which made them hate me, which made the other comics like me. At the same time, they also grudgingly liked my impressions so after an extended period of psychological discomfort, I was accepted into the SF comedy scene and everyone has regretted it ever since.

Nowadays, YouTube has given a platform to many many impressionists of varying degrees of competence, so it’s kind of like ‘who cares?’ But their still is a visceral thrill when a live audience is surprised by the voice I’m doing. Live is the best. It’s exciting. Especially when I do my Burn Notice bit, and people are like ‘How the hell could Burn Notice have been the number one show in its time slot for years and no one has ever seen it!? Who was watching Burn Notice?!’

HNN: Any projects that you are currently working on?

Mahan: Yes, I have a voice over of an ex-president in an upcoming indie film (I’m sort of Hollywood’s go to guy for old, obscure voices), and I’m doing an audio sketch series with my pal Al Madrigal and some other folks. And of course I’m pitching ideas to Blumhouse about how to keep Loomis in all future Halloween movies. Maybe a Loomis animated series?

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LoreCraft’s Latest Time-Lapse Sculpting Video Brings Michael Myers 2018 to Life

Last August when horror fans were bursting with excitement over the impending release of Corin Hardy’s The Nun, we shared a video of the single-monikered sculpture LoreCraft bringing a bust of the demon Valak to life. Presented in high-speed time-lapse, we watched in awe as LoreCraft turned lumps of clay into a visage so realistic we half expected it to open its mouth—and swallow our souls!

Related Article: LoreCraft Sculptor Brings THE NUN’s Valak to Life in Stunning Time-Lapse Video

In his most recent time-lapse sculpting video, LoreCraft takes a stab (pun intended) at one of horror’s most iconic villains, the scourge of Haddonfield: Michael Myers. He’s zeroed in on the lasted iteration of “The Shape’s” fish-belly white mask, one that’s wrinkled over the decades like actual skin. Set aside 5 minutes for yourself and watch Michael Myers come to life before your eyes!

According to LoreCraft’s Official Website:

Before beginning sculpts, Nicholas Brown has acquired degrees in Anthropology (BA from University of South Florida), Cognitive science (MA Cognition and Culture, Queens University Belfast), and an MSc in Neuroscience (University of Edinburgh).  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Behavioural Sciences in Belfast.  Primary areas of research interest; belief and behaviour, motivated reasoning, cognitive dissonance, cognitive biases, terror management theory, etc.

 Born in the Boston area, raised in Florida, Nicholas moved to the UK to pursue studies in brain and behavioural sciences where he currently still resides.

Nicholas Started sculpting in April of 2017 and has since been featured on the BBC’s “Art Show X”EsquireThe Daily Mail UKUnilad, Caters News, George Takei Presents!, as well as many others.

If you’ve yet to see 2018’s Halloween for yourself yet. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

Synopsis:
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him.

What do you think of LoreCraft’s Michael Myer’s bust? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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New Photo Offers High-Res Look at ‘Halloween’ 2018’s Unmasked Michael Myers

Going into 2018, it’s safe to say that the most anticipated horror film by a majority of genre fans was Blumhouse’s Halloween, a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s classic 1978 original. Critics ended up showering the film with praise, although it’s a bit more divisive among fans. Whether you loved Halloween (2018) or hated it, […]

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‘Overlord’ Finishes Third at Box Office; ‘Venom’ and ‘Halloween’ Continue to Add to Totals

Bad Robot’s long-delayed and rumored about World War Two zombie tale Overlord finished third at the weekend box office while the break-out hits of October, Venom and Halloween (2018), continued to pad their already impressive totals.

Overlord, once rumored to be the fourth installment in the Cloverfield franchise, finished third with a modest $10.1 million dollar debut.  The hard-R tale of mad zombie science run amok may have been too much for the average movie-goer (who gave the film a mediocre B Cinemascore rating), but Overlord did score high with critics (the film currently has an aggregate rating of 81% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes).  The film will certainly earn back all of its production costs ($38 million) once international sales are included, but don’t expect Overlord to perform much better over the coming weeks with continued competition from tent-pole pictures from all of the major studios.

Carrying over their success from October, Venom and Halloween (2018) continued to earn money in November, with an 8th place finish for Venom ($4.85 million) and a ninth place finish for Halloween ($3.84 million).   Venom’s domestic total currently sits at over $206 million and the international receipts bring the film well over $670 million dollars.  Halloween is beginning to slow down (especially with the direct competition from Overlord this weekend), yet the film crossed the $150 million mark and is very close to $250 world-wide at this point.

In less positive news, the sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, got tangled up and lost in the plethora of new films and consistent October earners and only made a little over $8 million at the box office.  Director Fede Alvarez’s first non-horror entry did not fare well with critics, posting a 43% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  The timing of the release was also questionable with Overlord and Halloween targeting similar audiences, not giving the director of Don’t Breathe a chance to bring over fans of his horror material to the franchise. A quick exit from your local cinema all but assured based on the film’s anemic debut.

Speaking of quick exits, if you haven’t had the chance to see Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake,  you better get out to the movie theater soon, as the film is only playing in 261 theaters, down 50 from last week.  The film has grossed a total of $2 million for Amazon Studios, which never quiet got around to giving the film a wide-release. This isn’t a surprise for horror fans, as even in the horror community, Argento’s films (or those based on his work) are an acquired taste.  Look for Suspiria to appear on Amazon Prime very soon.

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How the Official Novelization for ‘Halloween’ 2018 Expands and Enriches This Year’s Hit Sequel

In just under three weeks, David Gordon Green’s Halloween has exhilarated audiences to the tune of over $200 million in box office receipts, a milestone for this franchise and the slasher film subgenre. But even people happy with the film still find hang-ups to criticize, from Dr. Sartain’s motivations, to The Shape’s ambivalence in harming an infant in the home of a Haddonfield resident he bashed to death with a hammer, to Allyson’s jerk boyfriend Cameron (but he’s Lonnie Elam’s kid, of course he’s a jerk) getting away scot-free.

To those conflicted Halloween fans, I have one recommendation to make: read the novelization.

Written by Bram Stoker Award winner John Passarella, co-author of Wither, author of Wither’s Rain, Wither’s Legacy, Kindred Spirit, Shimmer, and a chain of Supernatural, Grimm, Buffy and Angel media tie-ins, the Halloween novelization is a satisfying companion piece to David Gordon Green’s feature.

I can already hear the rebuttals: But Mike, I shouldn’t have to read a book to get answers to questions or fix problems I have with a movie. No, you’re right, you shouldn’t have to. And you don’t have to. But it does help. Something I love about a movie novelization is its function to expand and enrich the narrative of a film. A movie is always subject to its post-production phase. Scenes are either dropped or reshot for a variety of reasons, be it time constraints, pacing problems… any number of issues. A novelization, however, is based on the screenplay (a particular draft or a number of drafts) and isn’t subject to any of those issues. Yes, an author has the freedom to embellish and expound upon characters, but you’ll also find scenes in there that were taken out of the finished film. We may not know what belonged to the screenwriters or what was simply an author’s take on the material unless the subsequent Blu-ray release contains deleted scenes; that being said, a novelization still gives us a broader take on the material and (possibly) the original intent of the filmmaker.

Take The Shape’s reluctance to harm that baby. While some saw this as a parallel to Michael ignoring the infants in the Haddonfield Memorial Clinic newborn ward in Rick Rosenthal’s Halloween II (1981) or young Michael sparing his little sister Boo in Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007), or proof the Shape does in fact have a conscience, others were confused. (And to those people who were confused, or surprised, he didn’t kill the baby, my only response is… Really?). David Gordon Green has gone on record that the infant was a late edition to the movie; the actor who was hired to play the husband of The Shape’s victim never came to set when those scenes were being shot, and Green was forced to improvise. While the finished film never gives us much information as to Michael’s current mental state or how random his behavior is, the book suggests quite a bit.

In the novelization’s opening pages, Dr. Sartain explains to true crime podcasters Aaron Joseph-Korey and Dana Haines that he disagreed with Dr Loomis’ description of Michael as pure evil. “Pure evil is not a diagnosis,” he tells them. Aaron asks Sartain if there’s any similarity between the homicidal maniac that made headlines in 1978 and the amenable patient of this institution. Sartain calls Michael “an aging, evolving animal, as we all are. And although we have worked very closely, these halls display the limitation of my analysis.” Under his care, Smith’s Grove has implemented a holistic form of therapy for Michael, and in that time, Sartain concludes that Michael’s tendency towards violence has been irrevocably erased. “We left two kitty cats in his cell overnight and they were retrieved virtually unharmed,” he says. Sartain may be convinced, but his research lacks one vital element, and it may lead him to facilitate Michael’s escape so he might study him in the wild. Michael’s decision to leave two kittens alone illustrates the randomness of his actions during his house to house murder spree later. Whether this is writer John Passarella’s addition or excised material from David Gordon Green’s first assembly, it does manage to expand on Michael’s psychology.

Scenes deleted from the theatrical cut of the film that were merely teased in marketing materials also appear in the book. One such scene has Aaron putting on Michael’s mask and scaring Dana in the shower, in a blatant parody of Hitchcock’s Psycho. (Now, if the lead up to the shower scene is done in the style of the opening of John Carpenter’s Halloween, with a POV through the mask’s eyeholes, it would also make it an homage of the opening of Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse. Dammit, I wanna see those deleted scenes!) Aaron tells her: “When I wear this, there is a certain tendency or inclination that the legacy of the mask seems to inspire.” Sartain, later donning the mask — in the scene that has left just about everyone who has seen the film conflicted — would be a fitting callback to this, and would’ve made a lot more sense, if only this deleted moment had remained in the film.

Which leads us to Cameron Elam, Allyson’s disloyal boyfriend. In the film, Allyson catches Cameron fraternizing with another girl at the Exquisite Corpse Halloween high school dance. Cameron, drunk and irate, argues with Allyson, and dumps Allyson’s cell phone in a bowl of nacho cheese when he doesn’t get his way. Allyson storms off, and this is the last we see of Cameron. In the book, things play out a little differently.

In the book, Cameron chases after Allyson, still trying to make amends with her and failing miserably. By this point, the police have arrived and the dance is being cancelled and evacuated with confirmation Michael Myers is on the loose again in Haddonfield. When an officer finds Cameron and Allyson under the bleachers in the midst of their argument and this cop interrupts the lovers’ spat to usher them off school grounds, Cameron isn’t having it. Cameron and the cop scuffle, and Cameron gets arrested. That explains why Cameron never gets his moral comeuppance from The Shape: he was sleeping off his drunk in the county jail. But something tells me it’s just as well. If David Gordon Green comes back to direct the inevitable sequel, I’m fairly certain we’ll see Cameron again and he’ll get what’s coming to him. I’d expect it to be pretty brutal too, since it’s been prolonged. In the slasher film law of averages, survivors of one entry aren’t always so lucky in the next. The audience wants Cameron dead, and by God he better get it in the sequel, or heads will roll.

David Gordon Green’s Halloween is a story about the effects of PTSD on three generations of women, and their strength and ultimate perseverance against The Shape who has haunted their family, figuratively and literally, over a forty year span. The novelization allows this story to breathe. It offers so much more added depth, so much more background (on Laurie Strode, especially; it even drives home the point of that final shot in a very succinct, poignant way), it’d be a shame to spoil all of it. Just pick up a copy and enjoy.

The Shape is waiting.

Vogue Writer Slams Horror: “Where Have All the Good Horror Movies Gone?”

Remember when horror was good?” asks Vogue writer Taylor Antrim, who proclaims 2018 void of any good horror movies in an article published this week, yet still works in mentions of Hereditary and A Quiet Place – the latter of which he calls a “thriller”. Sigh.

We didn’t even get a decent shark movie this year,” he bolsters like that’s some kind of quantifiable statistic over the past 100 years of cinema. (The funny thing is, the fact that we even did get a mega budget shark blockbuster with The Meg actually shows how huge horror is right now.)

The writer then slams Halloween, before he comically tells readers to watch Revenge, which, I hate to break it to him, came out this year. Remember when horror was good? Like, you mean right now? In this very moment we’re living inside of?

Then, Suspiria is removed from the equation. “Suspiria is not forgettable. Nor is it, I hasten to say, much of a horror film, despite being a remake of one.” He suggests that a horror movie isn’t a horror movie unless it has “an element of fun, of dark delight,” and excludes Suspiria because it wasn’t fun nor did he understand the finale. Must be a “thriller,” eh?

Typical for pieces of this sort, the article has no clear point and builds up to nothing; mostly, it’s supported by the writer’s viewing of WinchesterThe Nun and Slender Man, three not-so-great films that offer only a fraction of horror that was put on display this year. Of course, as most horror fans are aware, the good has far outweighed the bad in 2018.

(And even the baddest, it’s worth pointing out, have proven quite successful.)

But I digress. This feels like yet another mainstream hit piece, one that perhaps it’s best to give no attention to at all. But it’s hard not to. After all, this is exactly the kind of bullshit we horror fans constantly have to deal with. You see, when horror is having a down year, they’ll write, “Horror is dead.” When it’s hot, like it has been for the past few years, they quantify it and remove films to fit their narrative. We’re low class to them. There’s no way a horror film could be so good that it deserves awards… right?

You just watch… when Toni Collette gets nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Hereditary, and Ari Aster gets nominated for “Best Director” and “Best Original Screenplay”, the mainstream media will start the narrative that Hereditary is not a horror movie. Buckle your seatbelts, cause it’s going to happen. Hell, it already has.

Digressing yet again, I don’t understand how one of the biggest magazines on the planet can allow someone to write a horror hit piece having just seen a small handful of horror films?

Outside of the aforementioned Hereditary, A Quiet Place (a monster movie that’s without question a *horror* movie), Revenge and Suspiria (that’s a lot of great horror right there, no?), there have been dozens of phenomenal genre films released in 2018. So much so that I’m having a difficult time narrowing down the best of the year. While you may debate me on the merits of The Predator or this weekend’s Overlord (both extremely fun genre films), I offer you the following counter: Annihilation, Mandy, The Ritual, The Night Comes For Us, One Cut of the Dead, Thoroughbreds, Before I Wake, Ghost Stories, Blue My Mind, What Keeps You Alive, Tumbbad, Lowlife, Possum, Let the Corpses Tan, Terrified, and The Witch In the Window.

I’m sure there’s even more, but let’s not pretend we’re not in the middle of a major horror renaissance. We are. We absolutely are. And true fans of the genre see that clear as day.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Alternate Opening for HALLOWEEN 2018 Would Have Killed Off Iconic Character

On a recent episode of Shockwaves, podcast co-founder and Blumhouse Director of Development Ryan Turek talked about an alternate opening that was considered for 2018’s Halloween (currently screening in theaters nationwide). It turns out, director David Gordon Green wasn’t just keen to reshoot the original Halloween’s iconic ending from a different point of view, he wanted to kill off one of the franchise’s most iconic characters.

When talking about Halloween, three characters immediately spring to mind: Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, and Dr. Loomis. In the scrapped opener, however, Loomis (played by Donald Pleasence) would have met his match back in 1978. As reported by ComicBook.com, Turek explained:

“The first scripted opening was a re-envisioning of the finale of Halloween. David wanted to f-ck things up, man. He wanted to just mix things up a little bit. So, initially, he had a scene in which we came in at the end of Halloween, and Loomis sees the screaming kids, comes inside, sees the struggle between Laurie and Michael. Michael puts his mask back on, Loomis shoots him, pushes Michael back through the doorway into the bedroom. Laurie is cowering on the ground, Loomis charges into the bedroom, where Michael gets the upper hand and jumps him. Loomis drops the gun and then Laurie is holding onto the gun, but she’s shaking so much she can’t actually pull the trigger.

“And then Michael chokes out Loomis, kills him, and then Laurie decides to pull the trigger and knock Michael back. So, we had that, and then…we were trying to figure out how to pull that off…and it was just crazy, you know…And I remember [original director] John [Carpenter] read that draft and he was like, ‘Uhhh, why would you want to change that? Why would you want to change my ending?’ And [sequel director] David [Gordon Green] took that to heart.”

The fact that Pleasance passed away in 1995, not to mention the fact that Jamie Lee Curtis is 40 years older, means extensive CGI and other anti-aging techniques would have been necessary to bring Green’s original vision to fruition.

If you’ve yet to see Halloween for yourself yet, check out the synopsis and trailer below.

Synopsis:
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him.

Have you seen Halloween 2018? What do you think of the alternate opening that would have killed off Dr. Loomis? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Finally! A Clear Picture of Michael Myers Unmasked in HALLOWEEN 2018

While we got a great look at the back of his head and a hint of a profile, we never really saw “The Shape” unmasked in 2018’s Halloween, now screening in theaters nationwide. Part of Michael Myers’ mystique is that emotionless mask with empty eyes, a look that implies there’s nothing human about him whatsoever. Still, even John Carpenter’s original Halloween gave us one face-shot (a moment that spoke to the banality of evil).

While original Myers actor Nick Castle was on set to pass the torch, James Jude Courtney is the actor/stuntman behind the fish-belly white mask in this year’s Halloween. The actor recently shared a clear-as-day behind-the-scenes shot that shows Myers’ face in all its gruesome glory! No doubt the dead eye is due to a clothes hanger jab delivered by Jamie Lee Curtis in 1978!

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If you’ve yet to see Halloween for yourself, check out the synopsis and trailer below. The film was directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.

Synopsis:
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him.

Have you seen 2018’s Halloween? What do you think of James Jude Courtney’s Michael Myers unmasked? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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