It's a very good time to be a horror fan. The genre is in a bit of a renaissance currently, with new and original franchises being produced, in addition to the triumphant one shot films. The majority of the most impressive horror films from the past few years have come from Blumhouse Productions, which has cemented itself as the leading production company for terrifying big screen adventures. And while they've brought us hits like The Conjuring, Get Out, and Hush, there is one long gestating project that hasn't shown much progress: the newest Halloween movie. The upcoming film has been delayed a few times, and now Jason Blum has made an extreme dedication to its release before the end of 2018. He said:
You can kill me. You can behead me. You can chop my hand off, the prince of horror, you can cut my hand off. That's on the record.
Well, that's one way to reassure fans of Michael Meyers that the franchise isn't dead.
This wild comment came (via The Wrap) from Jason Blum's recent appearance at Universal Studios' Theme Parks new Blumhouse-themed attraction. While the studio is responsible for some of the biggest hits in the horror genre, their planned Halloween movie hasn't had the easiest road. The rights to the film was originally owned by Dimension Films, but they never produced the film and it eventually got snagged by Blumhouse. But even afterward, the studio wasn't exactly sure where to take the new film.
But now it looks like Blumhouse is indeed determined to make the Halloween movie happen in the near future. It should be interesting to see what direction the franchise is taken in, considering its long history. Most of the Halloween movies revolve around Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode. The original scream queen, we followed Laurie's journey in four of the films before she was unceremoniously killed off in Halloween: Resurrection (although the hardcore fans believe that it wasn't valid). Then there's Rob Zombie's Halloween prequels, which were far more gory than any of the predecessors.
The serious Halloween fandom is no doubt going to hope for a return of Laurie Strode, specifically Jamie Lee Curtis' characterization. Curtis is currently 58 years old, and just had a leading role in Ryan Murphy's cancelled comedy Scream Queens. It certainly seems possible that she could reprise her iconic role, if that's something she would be interested to do. Alternatively, Blumhouse could chose to bring a new protagonist to their version, allowing the possible new franchise so start fresh for a modern audience.
Alas, we'll just have to wait and see what comes from the new Halloween movie. In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies. There's a ton of horror coming in the next month or two, so get ready to be scared.