I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You just can’t keep a 1980s horror franchise down. With Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees getting new, new revivals, it looks like good ol’ Michael myers will also rejoin his fellow slashers again soon.
Halloween Returns will see the franchise “re-calibrated” under director Mark Dunstan, who’ll set the next film straight after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Inspired by the real-life murder of one of Dunstan’s family members, Halloween Returns will also return Myers to his more suspenseful roots, as a murderous shape of pure evil.
That’s the word according to Dunstan via Halloween Daily News, where he also explained the meaning behind the title of the film. “Halloween, if you have a semicolon, Returns, I think I put it in an email as a subtitle, but I think it was registered as Halloween Returns, which is fine,” Dunstan said.
I like that, and it works, it does function as what it means to say. But if you commit a violent act, sometimes you get returns. What are the repercussions of being a violent entity? In that case, Halloween Returns could mean a number of things.
While a shoot date has yet to be officially announced, Dunstan did reveal that some pre-production work had been done so far:
The coolest thing we’ve done so far is a couple motion tests of potential Michaels.
Halloween Returns will also see Michael as more of a shadowy figure, Dunstan said:
Michael Myers is subtlety and suspense. Suspense isn’t expensive. A karate fight in a burning room is expensive.
We went back to the original [Halloween] screenplay too and just read it, John Carpenter’s draft, and timed it with watching the movie, and line for line it keeps the same clock as watching the movie, so if you’re reading the pages, it’s almost like a shot list.
I want to see a film shot on film. I want it to be one that stands on its own.
Early plot details for Halloween Returns also revealed that Myers had survived the events of the fourth film, having also been captured and sentenced to death. Naturally, just as his execution is about to be carried out, things go pear-shaped and Myers escapes, ready to torment a whole new generation of hot single teens.
As far as horror movie reboots go however, Myers may have had the best films of the lot. The Rob Zombie directed Halloween movies were brutal, gritty re-imaginings that revealed just how Myers turned out to be evil personified.
But the idea of a Halloween film where Myers is a force of stabby darkness, does sound intriguing.
Last Updated: September 14, 2015