As Halloween closes in, millions will have their horror classics at the ready, ranging from Night of the Living Dead, right through to The Shining. The most obvious watch though is John Carpenter’s indie slasher Halloween, which brought serial killer Michael Myers to an iconic status. If you are an avid fan of the horror classic, then it will come as no surprise that an eleventh instalment for the franchise has been in the talks for quite some time now, despite any details set in stone.
Fortunate for some, producer of the saga Malek Akkad announced recently at a press conference that there WILL be a new Halloween movie and that a script for the feature is almost finished! Akkad stated: “It’s been a joy to work with so many creative people – ten films. We’re working on eleven as we speak. We’re working on a script right now. A new draft – perfect timing – is supposed to hit the day before Halloween. Hopefully my Halloween night reading will be a good read”.
The last two Halloween features were directed by Rob Zombie, an eccentric filmmaker in the horror community who also brought us House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. Although the first film was surprisingly good, its sequel which came out in 2009 was practically obliterated by critics and performed terribly in theatres. There is no telling at this stage where the next film will take us, or whether it will follow in Zombie’s footsteps, although I doubt this would be very beneficial due to its failure.
Despite my apprehension towards horror remakes or reboots, I surprisingly have faith that this installment could hold some potential. Clearly this story is iconic and held in high regard in the horror genre, so I believe this would be a great opportunity to take the franchise in a different and fresh direction, and restore its previous credibility. I just hope the script lives up to this, and that the infamous Michael Myers will reprise his role once more.