The horror genre has been on a serious roll for the past few years, as new and challenging properties have hit theaters, and become both critical and box offices successes. Many of these hits come from Blumhouse Productions, including Get Out, Split, and The Conjuring franchise. Now, Blumhouse is turning its focus to the classics, with a new Halloween movie arriving in theaters in a matter of weeks. The upcoming slasher will be a canon-defying new sequel, with Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter both returning in various capacities. One question fans seem especially curious about is how violent the R-rated project will be. While the original had almost no gore, the Rob Zombie movies relied heavily on it. Producer Jason Blum recently spoke to the violence in Halloween, and how carefully it was crafted, saying:
It looks like everyone involved in Halloween approached its violence very methodically, so Michael Myers could therefore be more terrifying when he finally strikes. It's quality over quantity, which will hopefully speak to the final film's success.
Jason Blum's comments to Collider will only help anticipation for Halloween remain at a fever pitch, and make the final weeks of waiting all the more excruciating. The hardcore Halloween fandom seemed to jump on board as soon as Jamie Lee Curtis announced her return to Laurie Strode, which was only increased once OG Michael Myers Nick Castle was brought on, and John Carpenter agreed to write the music. It looks like Halloween is made by fans for fans-- and it's going back to basics and using violence selectively.
That being said, the first footage released from Halloween is absolutely horrifying. Michael Myers is shown as an agent of chaos, randomly killing and sparing people throughout Haddonfield as he wonders his way to Laurie Strode. But the violence may be going both ways, as Laurie has been waiting decades for Michael to come for her, and has made her home into a safe house.
Halloween will arrive in theaters on October 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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