As we find ourselves nearing the end of September, Halloween is in the air and I couldn’t be happier. At the grocery stores you can find an aisle or two with candy, masks and dancing bats that play “Bad Moon Rising.” Finally pumpkin patches are getting ready for business to celebrate a new and exciting haunted season. And of course, you’ll be seeing a ton of horror movies, ghost specials and more when you turn on the TV as well as a theatre near you. One thing you won’t find however is news of any kind regarding a sequel to one of the most important horror icons in Hollywood history… No, Michael Myers is nowhere to be found. The one treat I keep waiting for is a worthy sequel to HALLOWEEN.
When Rob Zombie’s follow up to his take on HALLOWEEN hit theatres in 2009 it felt more like a trick to many fans of the franchise. Yet for this fan, there were moments that got under my skin and nearly scared the Bejeesus out of me. Even the relationship between Sheriff Brackett and his daughter Annie (Brad Dourif and Danielle Harris) kicked my ass in a satisfying way. So much so that I’d be willing to wager that their scenes together are some of the best in the franchise. Had this sequel revolved around those two - as well as Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton) - there might have been a terrifically involving horror movie. Hell, during this flick I could have even done without Laurie’s over-the-top and near psychotic performance and just focused on Harris and Dourif.
Critics and haters be damned, H2 managed to make a small profit due to its budget and decent marketing campaign. It may not have broken box office records but it was enough to create interest in another sequel. At the time, Zombie had moved on and the writing team of Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer moved in to write a script for HALLOWEEN 3D. Some may have scoffed at the idea but I was all for it. For fans, it looked very much like we’d get to see the further adventures of Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. Sadly, both Farmer and Lussier – who gave us the insanely awesome MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D and DRIVE ANGRY – have moved on to work on other projects including Lussier entering into TERMINATOR territory.
What Lussier and Farmer had promised in their HALLOWEEN 3D script was an extension of Zombie’s H2. They also planned on “stripping Michael Myers back to his John Carpenter roots” according to MTV. In essence, that very idea is what most every single HALLOWEEN fan wants. Myers is a killing machine shrouded in mystery, lurking in shadows waiting to strike. How the two could have achieved this I’m not sure as I have not read the script – some of you may have so let us know your thoughts in the comments below – but it would have been worth a try. Could they possibly give this character that quality after all these years of giving him a white trash family as Zombie did, or even creating some sort of bizarre Druid like cult around him in HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS? I would love to see a return to what Carpenter had created.
For me the original HALLOWEEN is one of the most impressive films ever made. It feels as much a part of the holiday as the decorations and lights adorning people’s yards. Myers in synonymous with the fall season and no matter what, it was always thrilling to see the masked psychopath on the big screen. Since its inception in 1978 the franchise has graced us with a sequel every three to four years, give or take, with varying degrees in quality. We all suffered from the painfully bad HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION starring Busta Rhymes. Even Zombie’s ultra-brutal flicks didn’t please many of those looking for the Myers they knew and loved. As well, in the worst of the ten film’s Myers remained pretty f*cking scary. He is a terrifying presence and yes, even in RESURRECTION he is pretty darn spooky.
Maybe it’s the booze talkin’, but I still haven’t given up hope for a solid HALLOWEEN sequel. Michael Myers is an iconic horror villain who still has the power to scare. He is an undeniable presence and this persona is shockingly influential to this day. Have we seen a slew of crappy sequels? Absolutely! Yet I still hope that in my wildest of nightmares we haven’t seen the last of him. After all, we’re possibly getting another FRIDAY THE 13th and we’ve seen just as many bad flicks with Jason Voorhees stalking his prey. Let’s give Myers another stab and hope that this time out it is a HALLOWEEN to remember.