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News

7/2/07
Sid Haig joins the cast as Rob Zombie has recently gone back to reshoot additional scenes. Haig will play a cemetary caretaker for a key scene in the film.
 
3/11/07
 
MTV has posted pretty much everything you need to know about the remake. Also, Fango has posted a recent interview with actress Danielle Harris who had a lot to say about the film: "This one is terrifying. It’s like watching an A&E BIOGRAPHY on what it’s like to become a serial killer. Which is totally different [from the original]; it’s not just some guy running around hacking people up, there is a reason for it. Rob gets into the psychology of when Michael Myers was a child, and why he’s as messed up as he is—which is really cool, and is why we watch those shows. Why are we so fascinated by Jeffery Dahmer? Do I really want to know how he ate everybody? No, but I want to know how he became what he became. So it’s really cool."

She also goes on to say how she'll have a nude scene... "I also do topless stuff in this movie, which is something that I don’t think any of the fans know, nor have I ever done partial nudity in a film before. And it’s only because I respect Rob so much, and because its not, for a lack of a better word, a T&A shot. It really about what happens. And if you’re looking at my boobs and not looking at the scene, than you’re crazy." Awesome.
 
1/29/07
 
More casting news has come in recently: Judith Myers will be played by Hanna Hall; Danny Trejo will play "Ismael Cruz", a sympathetic worker at Smith's Grove Sanitarium; Lew Temple will play "Nole Kluggs", a co-worker of Ismael at Smith's Grove; Ken Foree will play "Big Joe Grizzley", a truck driver who encounters Michael on his travels. Lastly, Halloween 4 & 5 star Danielle Harris returns as the role of Annie Brackett. Next up to be announced are the roles for Laurie, Lynda, Sheriff Brackett, Kendall Jacks, Grant Clark, Principle Erics, Councilman Edwards, Lindsey Wallace, Tommy Doyle, Deputy Charles, Dr. Koplenson, Barbara Florentine and Morgan Walker.
Also keep up to date on the new movie here!
 
1/18/07
The trouble began last week when AICN posted a slanted script review, which Fangoria posted a completely opposite opinion a few days later. With each post fans found themselves confused, pissed, happy or just plain indifferent (that's me!). But one person who took it very seriously is Writer/Director/Producer Rob Zombie, who wrote on his MySpace blog "I notice that so many people get crazy when someone you don't even know posts an opinion about what they think HALLOWEEN will or won't be. This is crazy. Do you really go through life influenced by the thoughts of others that easily? Anyway, things change so much in a movie, from moment to moment, from second to second that all I can say is : see it for yourself and figure out if you like it or not. Really who gives a fuck what someone else thinks? Everybody likes different shit for different reasons. But deciding that you hate or love something that doesn't even exist yet? Well, that a little ridiculous."

Rumor has been circulating around town that this draft is NOT even close to the draft that was being used for the shoot that was supposed to take place this month in California. Anyways, what we've heard from industry buzz is that after the online fiasco, shock-rocker Rob Zombie is going back to the script and doing more re-writes, thus pushing the shoot back a bit, thus forcing the release back from it's August 31st date. We've called people on all fronts and can't get a straight answer, so I guess only time will tell the truth. Either way, I'm on board - let's see Michael Myers on the big screen again! Just to confirm: this is a rumor, hence the title of the article.

But no, the rumors don’t stop there, we’ve been scooped numerous times on various people who are supposed to play Laurie Strode in the remake – and we’ve checked into all of them. Now the rumors are hitting the net and we wanted to let you know what we’ve heard. Today
Arrowinthehead posted a rumor they heard that LINDY BOOTH (Wrong Turn, Dawn of the Dead) was going to play the red head teen. We checked in with her manager who denies the rumors telling us “we are aware of the project, but have not been approached.” In addition, Rob Zombie denies this rumor as well.

Another rumored name we’ve heard is AGNES BRUCKNER (Venom, The Woods), who stars in BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE, which hits theaters next week. This rumor is a little bit more interesting as when we checked in with Agnes, and her manager, we never got a clear cut answer. I felt like the question was being “avoided”, and even Rob himself denied the rumor (but he also told me Sheri Moon and Danielle Harris were not in the film – and they are). Once again, time will tell.

So right now let me make it clear that everything on the web is speculation until Rob himself confirms it – and when that happens, we’ll keep you posted. And when it comes to the script… people need to relax and celebrate the fact that horror is still hotter than ever.

Right now, here's your confirmed cast: Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Daeg Faerch, Heather Bowen, Pat Skipper, Dee Wallace Stone, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe, Ken Foree and Danielle Harris.

 
12/25/06
More big casting news has appeared online from Rob himself. First up he reveals the actor that'll play the adult Michael Myers, which is Tyler Mane, whom you may remember as Sabretooth from X-Men. Next up is the man that'll step into the role that was made great by the late Donald Pleasence. Dr. Loomis will be played by none-other-than Malcolm McDowell. In other casting news, there's a rumor going around that Halloween 4 and 5 star Danielle Harris may have a leading role in the film, but so far this rumor has yet to be confirmed.

12/20/06
The first "official" casting has been revealed for the young Michael Myers. It's going to a relatively unknown named Daeg Faerch who'll play Myers at 10-years-old. Filming is said to begin in January
 
8/24/06
Although it doesn't really come as a surprise, Rob's wife Sherri Moon Zombie will have a role in the film, and don't worry, it won't be as Laurie Strode.
 
8/02/06
 
Date Announced, Music from Rob Zombie's 'Halloween'!!
Get more on Halloween | Posted 08.01.06 @ 10:44 pm

B-D reader 'keyhoffer' tipped me off to Tyler Bates' official website where you can listen to what could be the score for Rob Zombie's Halloween, which we were just informed officially hits theaters October 19, 2007. Just scroll all the way to the bottom and click "Halloween 2007" and you're ready to go! Zombie's vision of this film is an entirely new take on the legend and will satisfy fans of the classic "Halloween" legacy while beginning a new chapter in the Michael Myers saga. "This is a bit of a prequel and a remake, combined," says Zombie.
6/22/06
 
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6/9/06
 

On July 25, 2006, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release Halloween: 25
Years of Terror on DVD. The DVD will take an in-depth look at the
history of the highly successful horror franchise with a backstage
look at all of the classic films, and will feature a host of bonus
materials and extra features, and will be available for the MSRP
(Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) of $19.98. Likewise, Anchor
Bay Entertainment will be releasing new DiviMax Special Edition DVDs
of Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The
Revenge Of Michael Myers on the same day, for the MSRP of $19.98 each.

 

 
6/4/06
 

DIMENSION FILMS TO MAKE NEW “HALLOWEEN” FILM;

AUTEUR FILMMAKER ROB ZOMBIE TO WRITE AND DIRECT

Trancas International Films to Produce

Along With Rob Zombie and Andy Gould

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (June 4, 2006) – Dimension Films is proud to announce that they will make a new “Halloween” movie with Rob Zombie (The Devil's Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses) writing, directing and serving as a producer. Malek Akkad of Trancas International Films (Halloween H20: 20 Years Later) will produce the feature along with Andy Gould of Vision Entertainment Group (The Devil's Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses). Zombie will also serve as music supervisor on the film. Miramax Films will co-finance the development with Dimension Films. The announcement was made today by The Weinstein Company co-chairman, Bob Weinstein.

 

Zombie's vision of this film is an entirely new take on the legend and will satisfy fans of the classic "Halloween" legacy while beginning a new chapter in the Michael Myers saga. This new movie will not only appeal to horror fans, but to a wider movie-going audience as well. It will not be a copycat of any prior films in the "Halloween" franchise. The film is set for an October 2007 theatrical release.

 

 

 
 
5/06/06
Moviehole spoke with scripter Jake Wade Wall about various projects he's working on; one of which was a film entitled Halloween: The Missing Years. Jake goes on to say that it's reportedly "set to go" and that they're in the process of getting a "big named director" to go behind the camera. The only problem (for Jake anyway) is that the director they have in mind sees himself following his own work instead of someone elses, meaning Jake's script might be rewritten if they greenlight the project with the director.

Jake's new idea for the series is a prequel following a young Michael Myers before he's sent to the mental institution. The film would esssentially feature new characters and be "set around Michael’s real home ‘Smith’s Grove’, which is where the asylum was, some 150 miles away from Haddonfield." Hopefully the script is good, because I personally can't think of much Michael could have done before he was sent to the institution. Since nothing has officially been confirmed, we'll have to wait and see what happens.

Gossip

1/13/07

Quint has read the script for Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN remake!!!
aintitcoolnews.com

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with my thoughts on Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN remake script.

Let's get the background out of the way first. I liked the first 10 minutes of HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, but it went downhill after that, turning into a boring exercise in style over substance. However, Zombie won me back with DEVIL'S REJECTS. I can point to some dialog that didn't work, but overall the tone he captured, the characters he gave us and superb casting of horror icons really won me over. To this day, I think REJECTS made good on the promise he was making about CORPSES being a return to hard edged '70s exploitation.

I am a gonzo huge fan of John Carpenter's original HALLOWEEN. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say I've seen that movie 50 times from start to finish. I'm very protective of it, but at the same time I recognize how shitty the sequels got. The only film I really hold up on a pedestal is the original, though I love HALLOWEEN II and get a bizarre kick out of the Michael Myers-less 3... but that could be due to my idol worship of Tom Atkins.

So, I wasn't the biggest fan of the idea of remaking HALLOWEEN, but having loved the '70s feel of REJECTS and seeing that Zombie seemed to hold HALLOWEEN as dearly as I did, I thought I'd give him a chance. I'm not automatically against a remake if there's someone really interesting involved, like when Carpenter remade THE THING. He had an interesting vision and made an incredible film. Hell, I even really liked the ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 remake that came out a couple years ago.

So it was that I cracked open the script. And so it is that I'm writing this now, absolutely befuddled.

I'm hoping the script I read (a long script, at 125 pages) is a very, very, very early draft. Even if it is, there are some very fundamental things wrong with it.

The script starts out with a home movie of the Myers family, which freezes on a gap-toothed young Michael Myers grinning for the camera. The title HALLOWEEN is placed here. From this point on, we're treated to over 40 pages of the Young Michael Myers Chronicles. In these adventures, bullies pick on him, his stripper mom's redneck boyfriend (to be played by William Forsythe) calls him a faggot and keeps talking about fucking his mom in front of him and the 10 year old Myers masturbates to Polaroids of various animals he's killed while listening to them die on playback from his trusty tape recorder.

Look. This is a remake, so of course I was expecting some things to change. I would have been kind of pissed if it was just a retread, but what I really find myself disappointed with is the lack of understanding Zombie is showing on why Michael Myers works. In the original film, Myers was bigger than a serial killer or a psychopath. He was evil. Unemotional. Uncaring. He was the boogeyman. Hence the ending line. His character was never even referred to in the script as Michael, but as The Shape.

When you explain away Michael, giving him modern day serial killer hellish upbringing, you take away his power. He no longer represents a myth bigger than a person, he doesn't represent death incarnate. He's just an average psycho in a mask. There's nothing special to him anymore.

I was hoping that Zombie, as a professed fan of Carpenter's film, would understand that and it's my biggest disappointment in the script that Zombie doesn't seem to.

There was even a point, around the time 10 year old Myers is in Loomis' care and chatting it up while coloring paper masks, that I thought I might have a fake script. But the script is filled with new characters that Zombie has cast, like Big Joe Grizzly (Ken Foree) and Ronnie White (Forsythe) and Nole Kluggs (Lew Temple), that there's not a real possibility that I got a fake. So, the hope is still there that it's a very early draft and the reason that hope is there is thus: A) There seem to be about 2 typos per page and B) A cast character, Ismael Cruz (Danny Trejo), is not in the script I read. Every other character who has been cast is in it and there are a ton of roles I can see Trejo in.

So, let's get back to the script a bit. There are two ideas in the new script that I really like. Despite Michael's rough childhood, he always showed affection towards the baby, nicknamed "Boo." Followers of the Halloween series will know why that is important and if you don't know, I'd advise you to stop reading. I'm not going to ruin new, specific beats, but I am going to talk about this as a fan of the mythos of the series.

Of course, "Boo" is baby Laurie. If it was up to me, I'd show Myers as an emotionless kid, always kind of blank, but a glimmer pops up whenever he sees the baby. I like the idea of him drawn to her and that giving him a reason for seeking her out later.

I also quite like the idea of spending some time with Dr. Loomis trying to get through to Michael. Ideally, it'd be a good place to explore Loomis as a character. He shouldn't be having conversations with Myers, he should be slowly realizing what he doesn't want to. If Michael's pure evil, without having a reason to be evil (no verbally abusive father figure or mean bullies), it flies in the face of everything Dr. Loomis believes in as a psychiatrist. That is where Loomis' obsession with Myers comes from. That's fascinating to me.

Here, Dr. Loomis falls into the background. This is all Michael Myers all the time, which is another mistake. Zombie forgoes Myers being a quiet shell, with dead eyes, from the moment Loomis sees him. We see his mood swings, he chats away and colors in different pieces of paper to make masks that we find out later, when we meet the adult Michael Myers, that he uses them to represent his mood, including when he needs to take a shit. In Michael Myers' mind, he goes, "It's about time I put on the 'I gotta take a shit' mask so I can express myself."

We meet adult Michael Myers on page 48 and here's another shocker. There's a reason Tyler Mane was cast. Michael Myers is described in the script as being 6'10" and 280lbs. Again, that strikes me as being untrue to the original character. Making him a hulk of a being kind of puts him into the Jason or Leatherface realm, no?

As an adult, Michael Myers feels like an amalgam of the Myers we know and Leatherface from the CHAINSAW remakes. He's big and he chases people down. Gone is the sure and steady, calm and unemotional Myers.

Laurie Strode isn't introduced until page 69 and the final moments of Myers stalking Haddonfield don't really happen until the last 20/25 pages. And yes, it does feel rushed.

And yes, adult Michael Myers, with the mask, does speak. Ugg... And yes, they try to show Myers' "human" side in the last act. Double Ugg...

The good news is just from a pure exploitation angle, Zombie included lots of gore and a ridiculous amount of nudity. It's going to really weird me out if Hanna R. Hall (the first Jenny in Forrest Gump) reveals as much as the script requires Judith Myers to reveal. And the 10 year old Myers groping her before stabbing her is also going to freak me out a tad. Sheri Moon's character is always wearing something skimpy in the script and Danielle Harris' Annie (a great move casting Harris, by the way) gets very exposed. Actually, pretty much every female in the script except for Laurie Strode, will get naked. Great. I just wish he'd make that a different movie, take the mask out of it, change the names and not draw the comparisons.

I can see Malcolm McDowell (another great bit of casting) being excellent in the role of Dr. Loomis and I can see him making some of the weak dialog work just out of sheer charisma and talent, but compared to the Donald Pleasance Loomis, I'm afraid he's going to fall short. This Loomis, as written, is too weak and when he goes a little mental trying to talk people into the threat of Myers he just comes off as annoying.

The script has a very high body count, ample nudity and a solid cast. But I firmly believe Zombie completely missed the boat on Myers and is making a big mistake with the story. The script really feels like he just wants to make Halloween... but super-badass hardcore and fuckin' extreme, without a thought to the character work that went into the original. The dialog is distractingly bad at times. He does keep Lynda's overuse of the word totally, but then he adds in Annie and Lynda always calling each other "bitch" every time they see each other. "Hey bitches!"

If I can get my hands on a the shooting draft I will. I wanted this to work, but the script I read is a real disappointment. Hopefully there are some big changes from the draft I read. And I mean big. You can play around with a lot of things... setting, style, camera movement and certain characters, but to mess with Michael Myers as a movie monster is unforgivable.


-Quint

11/06/05

Halloween 9 will go the same way as Halloween 4 as in it doesn't negate anything in the previous movies, but It's still a completely seperate entry. No Thorn, No Laurie (although she does partly drive the story) No Busta Rhymes. The story is about Judith Myers and a secret about her. The Main Character(s) are a 16 year Old Kid called Nathan, His Mom Kathyrn, His Best Friend Ashley and The Town Sheriff.

Basically a Movie is being shot in Haddonfield (there's always a movie nowdays in Horror Movies) about the Myers killings. The Director wants to shoot scenes and pick up shots in the Actual Haddonfield, and The Town, who don't exactly rake in much tourist dough, are convinced to allow them to shoot, for a price.

The Myers House is back, or rather, a setof The Myers house which they have built righton Top of the ruines of The Original House.

Expect a slightly New Look for Michael as the Mask has been redesigned for the movie with it now being white, with red streaks of Blood splatter across it. Naturally, Michael steals the New protomask and uses it in his New killing spree, but Michael now walks around the town un-noticed as everyone assumes it's just a guy from the Movie. There's also a scene where Michael comes face to face.....with Michael Myers. Poor stunt Guy!

Turns out there's A detective in Town(basically the Loomis role) who is currently investigating the Death of one, Laurie Strode, and his search has Led him to Haddonfield and Michael Myers (due to the webcam broadcast). He butts heads with The Local Sheriff, who is currently dating Nathan's Mom (which pisses Nathan off). This is where Judith comes in as The Detective say's that he can't find anything about Judith's Mysterious trip when she was 14.

SPOILER

This is revealed when Nathan and Ashley uncover a secret wing to The Haddonfield Police station which even the Police department didn't know about. Secret Files reveal that Kathyrn (who is killed mid-way through the movie) was Myer's Niece.

Best Thing about the screenplay is The Atmosphere of the Movie. There are a few 'Scream-esque' bits that aren't to my liking, but what sets the Movie apart (and makes it out to be like part 4,my favourite entry) Is the atmosphere of The Town when they find out Myers is actually back.

Michael slaughters most of the Film crew (they damn well better do these fucking scenes justice because they rock), Add to the fact that Nathan is running around the Town aimless SPOILER It's raining down a flood, they're a vigalanteegroups Hunting Myers (As well as every cop in Haddonfield)and all of The Movie sets, Props, etc are still around the Town making everyone question what is real and what is not.

A Final confrontation happens at 'Smith Grove'and there is even a cute (but small) injoke to The Thorn Plot (Nathan has the symbol on his wrist, but everyone thinks it's a Tattoo) but it's a throw away reference and Nathan's response to wether he wants to be taken to Haddonfield Memorial after his confrontation with Myers is priceless.

Movie Ends *SPOILER*

The Most amazing thing about the Halloween movie is.......it comes across as a Halloween Movie. It has a small Scream Vibe such a few in-jokes such as the Merchandising of Myers (ala The Michael Myers Home Security package), but never too much to make it Scream 4. This is going to be THE BEST sequel since Part 4.