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The slasher genre will return in a major way later this year with the release of Blumhouse's long-awaited Halloween reboot under the direction of Stronger's David Gordon Green. The project sees the return of franchise icons like Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter, and it looks like a total love letter to the 1978 original. Amid all of the fan excitement and enthusiasm to see the project come to life, producer and horror guru Jason Blum is particularly excited about how the film captures the spirit of the original while making it feel modern. Having seen a cut of the reboot, Blum explained:
I feel really good about it, I saw a cut of it two nights ago. I think David did a terrific. He did everything I hoped he would do which is respect the DNA of the franchise and bring something totally new to it and we're really very very excited for people to see it.
If you fancy yourself a fan of old-school slasher horror, then this has to get you excited. Though Jason Blum would not explicitly lay out the exact elements of the Halloween DNA that will be on display in the reboot, his remarks still managed to emphasize the fact that it honors the work of John Carpenter. If that's truly the case, then we can likely expect the same tense and terrifying (but still somewhat restrained, in terms of gore) atmosphere that has made Halloween so iconic.
Of course, despite Jason Blum's excitement for how Halloween will capture the "DNA" of the original Halloween, his interview with Digital Spy also noted how things have changed in the franchise as well. He did not offer up any specific details on the matter, but we do know that the film will not shy away from the fact that four decades have passed since the first movie. From the aesthetic of the infamous Michael Myers mask to the overall look of Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode, the film is also going to show audiences something fresh that doesn't necessarily play to the exact beats of the original.
It's also clear from the premise of the movie that there's ample opportunity to break new ground with the Halloween mythos. The film will follow Laurie as she struggles to cope with the horrors that she experienced in the first film (the sequels won't be acknowledged) forty years later, while also dealing with the return of her long-lost serial killer brother. Halloween already delved into this type of territory with Halloween: H20 back in 1998, so Jason Blum's promise of something "totally new" suggests that it won't just be another retread of that narrative.