On Monday, Universal Pictures released a small sliver of footage from their upcoming Halloween sequel to whet the appetite of fans who just can’t wait to see Michael Myers terrorize the small town of Haddonfield once more. Even though the clip runs a scant minute, it’s enough to get even casual horror fans off the fence.
Just weeks ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, indie stalwart David Gordon Green (a man whose name I can’t help but type out completely every time) unveiled his installment in the vaunted horror franchise to glowing reviews from critics and fans alike — the film currently holds an 86% on review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com.
The trick, it seems, was a focus on simplicity. Rather than try to corral what has become decades of surrounding lore into yet another sequel, David Gordon Green and his co-writers opted to lose everything that followed the original film. They’ve stripped the mythology down to the studs, leaving only Michael’s last surviving victim, a gun-toting Jamie Lee Curtis, and the man himself, Hollywood’s favorite psycho (suck it, Hannibal Lecter), indiscriminately tearing his way through a pile of unsuspecting victims.
That same sense of simplicity is carried over into David Gordon Green’s filming technique, as well. Case in point: Michael Myers’ first Haddonfield kill, captured with two deft shots.
It’s clean, efficient, surprisingly bloodless, and creepy as all hell. Just like Carpenter’s original Halloween, David Gordon Green chose to focus on the buildup, not the, ahem, execution. As with the original 1978 classic, David Gordon Green lets his viewers fill in the details, and the result is more horrific than anything the director could concoct on his own.
By borrowing from Carpenter’s spartan style of filming, David Gordon Green (it’s a compulsion) has recaptured the original’s almost documentary-style delivery, and the bone-chilling terror it evoked. The result is the first Halloween sequel that feels like a natural counterpart to the original.
From here, David Gordon Green will — and this is no joke — direct Seth Rogen as Walter Cronkite. You can catch Halloween when it arrives in theaters this Friday, October 19.