Danny McBride says ‘Halloween’ 2018 will “Mine that Dread” of Carpenter’s Original

The new Halloween movie, executive produced by John Carpenter and arriving in theaters next year, will begin filming in Charleston, South Carolina in January, and while plot details are still unknown, co-writer Danny McBride is assuring us that the new film will attempt to capture the same suspense, tension, and dread of Carpenter’s 1978 original.

Earlier this summer, McBride sold his home in Los Angeles and moved to Charleston, along with his family and his Rough House Pictures partner, director David Gordon Green, and he recently talked to the Charleston City Paper about the decision to move and also revealed a bit more about the tone they hope to achieve with their Halloween.

When asked if they are going for the same tone as Carpenter’s 1978 original film, McBride says, “Yes, exactly! We’re trying to. The original is all about tension. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) doesn’t even know that Michael Myers exists until the last minutes of the movie. So much of it you’re in anticipation of what’s going to happen and the dread that Carpenter spins so effortlessly in that film, I think we were really trying to get it back to that.

“We’re trying to mine that dread. Mine that tension and not just go for gore and ultra-violence that you see some horror movies lean on. To us, it was all about bringing back the creep factor and trying to find the horror in your own backyard, in our own homes.”

Asked if he is a horror buff, McBride answers, “I am. Honestly, it’s probably the genre that I watched the most. When I was a kid, it was definitely all that I would devour. My sister and I, when we were probably way too young to be watching those movies, we would go to the video store and we would just zip right past all the new releases and go right to the horror stuff. We were always looking for the most effed up scary box that we could see. We would always try to sneak that in with the (other) rentals with our parents.

“I’ve always loved horror movies. I think that horror movies and comedies, they’re engineered the same way. They’re definitely made to watch with others. You have to engineer in a way to like know how to pace out. Like with comedy, you can’t just fill things full of jokes. You have to pace jokes and know how to hold off on the laugh at one place so that you could score a bigger laugh in another area.

“Horror works the same way. It’s really about that tension and that pacing and being able to just know how to manipulate the audience to feel exactly what you want them to feel. That kind of engineering, as a writer, is just fun. It’s challenging. There’s a reward when you succeed in that because you get to take people on a roller-coaster ride.”

You can read the full interview here.

Pre-production is well underway at this point, and we can expect some exciting news very soon.

As we recently reported, director David Gordon Green revealed in September that Halloween 2018 will be filmed in Charleston, South Carolina, at that time scheduled to begin in late October but since pushed back until after the holidays.

Judy Greer was recently reported to be in talks to play Karen Strode, who is Laurie Strode’s daughter in the new film. We’re still awaiting official cast announcements, which should be forthcoming imminently.

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

Halloween will be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception. Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

Halloween will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures.

You can read everything we know so far about Halloween 2018 here.

As I’m sure you are well aware, 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of John Carpenter’s original 1978 Halloween. It is also worth noting that the film’s release date also happens to be Michael Myers’ birthday (in 1957), according to the original franchise canon.

The new Halloween arrives in theaters on October 19, 2018.

Keep watching this site for updates on the return of Michael Myers and all the latest news on the next Halloween movie!

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.