The producer of the 2018 release of Halloween, Jason Blum, recently spoke to ScreenRant about the concerns and herculean task involved in making a movie that culminated in 40 years worth of fan expectations. This will be the 11th film in the franchise, and Blum hopes to develop a great addition to the classic horror series.
“Well it came with a lot of baggage,” Blum stated in an exclusive interview with ScreenRant. “We never worked on a project that there have been this many of [laughs]. Paranormal Activity I think was the most there were only five before. In Halloween there were like nine, depending on how you count. So I think there was a whole lot more emotional baggage and weight to it. So that made it more fraught and more fun.”
Since the original 1978 Halloween released four decades ago, there have been several sequels, franchise installments, and remakes of the cult flick. This film, however, is a different kind of follow-up in that none of the past Halloween films are relevant except the original.
The film picks up 40 years after the first Halloween. It sees Michael Myers, who had formerly escaped a mental institution to hunt down teenagers and terrorize the small town of Haddonfield, recaptured and back in captivity after being shot several times by his doctor. Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, one of the only survivors of Michael’s killing spree. Strode is now an adult with children and grandchildren, but it’s clear that she never forgot that murderous night. She has anxiously awaited the moment he would escape and come looking for her to finish what he started. This time, she’s ready for him.
Joining Michael and Laurie after several decades of being away from his creation, John Carpenter finally returns as writer, producer and score composer to his famed franchise. Though there is a large continuity gap, and many sequels to 1978’s Halloween are already in play, Carpenter set out to make this version the official sequel that we never got. With that in mind, Blumhouse Productions decided to spend more on the budget for the film, since sequels generally have an established fanbase that turns up in droves. Although the budget is still low per Hollywood standards ($10 million), it appears that the film will offer the same thrills and chills as horror films with bigger budgets.
Check out the official trailer below to get ready for the October 19 release date. Halloween will make it to theaters just in time for the holiday.