The 2018 San Diego International Comic Con has come to a close but we still have TONS of news from the yearly event! This fall Universal will be release a new entry in their classic horror franchise, Halloween. The film features the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, and picks up 40 years after the events of the first film. David Gordon Green directed the film and co-wrote the script with Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley. Curtis, Green, and producers Malek Akkad and Jason Blum were all on hand for the panel and explained how the film came together.
Above all else, Curtis owned this Panel, and was one of the highlights of the entire SDCC. Moderator Yvette Nicole Brown began the panel by asking Curtis what brought her back to the role. She explained that the script that Green and McBride put together was what drew her in. This film picks up 40 years later and sees Laurie as someone who has been tormented by the trauma she had all those years ago. It has consumed her life, it has left her isolated, waiting for another attack. She had her daughter taken from her. She had this horrific experience that she can’t come back from. And forty years later she decides that she’s finally taking her life back. That she will not be defined by her trauma. “I am going to take back the legacy of my life, I am going to take back my narrative, you don’t own me anymore.” To be honest, it’s one hell of an answer, and makes this film worthwhile.
As to how the film itself came together, Blum stated that he was sold as soon as he read the script, with Akkad agreeing. Green explained that they had to pitch the film to John Carpenter and so him and McBride and Fradley went to meet Carpenter at his house. After approving of the script, the team asked Carpenter if he would do the music for the film, to which he asked “what kind?” “Halloween with a little bit of Christine and Big Trouble in Little China.” And he agreed.
Green was asked if he’d be bringing any of his comedy sensibilities to the film. He explained that they are playing the film straight, as a complete horror film. He also stated that the reality of life makes it easy to tell such a horrific story. The footage shown at the panel gave a glimpse of a true horror film. There were two scenes shown with Michael Myers stalking his victims on Halloween night. Each shot in an almost voyeuristic manner, with the camera following Michael Myers along each path, as he brutally murdered women in their homes. The footage then cut to a sizzle reel of shots from the first trailer and a few new scenes. Mostly people running away from Michael.
One of the highlights of the panel was during the audience Q&A. An audience member explained that 35 years ago someone cut the power to his house, and was outside with a knife. He wasn’t sure what to do, but thought “what would Jamie Lee Curtis do.” He explained that because of her, and that first Halloween film, he’s “a victor today, instead of a victim.” Curtis left the stage and gave the man a hug, and talked with him for a moment. It was a truly beautiful moment that showed the power of film.
Halloween hits theaters on October 19th. Keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for more updates on all the big news to come out of SDCC 2018!