In the child's bedroom the rotating lamp features a clown with a knife, a nod to the first killing in the original film.
Jake Gyllenhaal helped convince Jamie Lee Curtis to reprise her role of Laurie Strode for the film. Jake Gyllenhaal is a family friend of Curtis' and is dubbed by her as an unofficial godson.
The date the film was released in the U.K. & U.S.A. is the day Michael Myers was born. October 19th.
The role of Allyson, Laurie's granddaughter, became somewhat of a coveted role. Multiple popular actresses including Lucy Hale and Emma Roberts met with Danny McBride to personally talk about the movie. However, the studio decided that they wanted to go back to the roots of the first movie and cast an unknown actress, similar to how Jamie Lee Curtis was cast in the original.
As with the original Halloween (1978), Michael Myers is listed in the credits not as "Michael Myers", but "The Shape".
From the original, HALLOWEEN (1978), only Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle and P.J. Soles return. P.J. Soles plays the teacher. John Carpenter returns as an executive producer and is credited for his music score.
The film's producer is Malek Akkad, who is the son of Moustapha Akkad, the producer of the original 1978 "Halloween." Moustapha Akkad was murdered, along with his daughter Rima (Malek's sister), in the terrorist bombing of an Amman, Jordan hotel in 2005. Jamie Lee Curtis has recounted how the first person whom she saw when she came to the set for the first day of filming the 2018 film was Malek, whom she remembered as a 7 year-old child visiting the set during production of the original film. She added that seeing Malek for the first time since his father's death immediately brought her to tears.
On the tv, a newscaster can be heard describing the events of the original film as "the babysitter murders". This was originally the title Carpenter wanted for Halloween (1978). It was only changed to Halloween after the producer Irwin Yablans thought up the idea and to release it near Halloween. The rest is history.
Jamie Lee Curtis had immediately hit it off with co-Writer and Director David Gordon Green, crediting him as reminding her of original 1978 Halloween director and suspense master John Carpenter.
In the early phases of preproduction, the film was said to be not a "remake" nor a "reboot" but a "recalibration" of the character Michael Myers. However, after co-Writer and Director David Gordon Green and co-Writer Danny McBride took over the project, these two stated that it would be none of the aforementioned, and that the film was going to be a direct continuation of Halloween (1978).
Halloween (2018) was the biggest horror movie opening with a female lead, biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55 and biggest opening for any of the Halloween franchise films. It was also the second biggest horror movie opening ever - after It (2017.) It was also the second biggest October opening ever (after Venom.) (Stats as of October 22, 2018.)
In 2017, when promoting Alien: Covenant (2017) on the Empire Film Podcast, it was joked that Danny McBride would also be starring as Michael Myers due to his large build, to which McBride immediately shot down, "Oh god no! Mike's supposed to be a terrifying creeper with good posture, not Homer Simpson!"
A radio call coming over the police band mentions a "disturbance at 707 Meridian", a tribute to the real life original address of the Myers house in Halloween (1978) before it was moved a few blocks down.
Throughout the film, several characters talk about Cameron's (Dylan Arnold) dad "Lonnie" and what a troublemaker he was and continues to be. In the original Halloween (1978), Lonnie Elam (Brent Le Page) was a sixth grade bully who constantly harasses Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews), the boy Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) was babysitting. He would later be scared by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) outside the abandoned Myers house.
John Carpenter claims this is the last Halloween film, even though there are contractual obligations for a sequel, and the screenwriters are already considering one.
Danny McBride said that this film was originally going to be filmed into two back-to-back movies but decided to scale back and leave it with one film. "We were like, 'Let's learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn't.'" explained McBride. "But we definitely have an idea of where we would go (with) this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it." McBride still has hope that he will move forward with his planned sequel.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns in this film. She portrayed Laurie Strode and has been in five films. Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), and this film. She was also the voice of the "Santa Mira" curfew announcer and telephone operator in Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), but was uncredited.
Among the programs shown on the TVs are an episode of the 1983 series voyagers and the film Repo Man.
At seventy-years-old, Nick Castle is the oldest actor to play the character of Michael Myers. He is the third actor to also play him more than once, behind George P. Wilbur (who played him in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) and Tyler Mane (Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009).
While the film ignores all previous sequels and reboots, it pays homage to all Halloween films, as had been intended by co-Writer Danny McBride.
Director David Gordon Green said in interview for Collider that first cut of the film was two hours and fifteen minutes long, and that both the "fat" of the film and entire scenes were cut out for pacing and length. This explains why there are so many deleted and alternate scenes in all the trailers and behind the scenes footage for the film.
While Vicky is babysitting Julian, she is wearing a white shirt with yellow sleeves. In the original Halloween (1978) Tommy Doyle is wearing pajamas with a white top and yellow sleeves when he lets Laurie back in the house as she is chased by Michael Myers
The gas station is almost an exact replica of the gas station prominently appearing in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), down to the ice box outside.
Jamie Lee Curtis revealed to Chris Hardwick on his podcast that she performed the sounds of the baby crying when Michael walks through the house after slaughtering the resident with a hammer and grabbing a butcher's knife from the kitchen.
While John Carpenter intends with his involvement for this to be the last definitive Halloween film, specifically featuring antagonist Michael Myers, talks with co-Writer Danny McBride and co-Writer and Director David Gordon Green on possible sequels are not out of the question, with the concept of creating a rounded trilogy.
Halloween marks the return of John Carpenter to the music of movies, which had not happened since Ghosts of Mars in 2001.
Released forty years after Halloween (1978), thirty years after Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), and twenty years after Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).
Jamie Lee Curtis previously tied with Danielle Harris for the second most amounts of appearances in the Halloween films. Now that Curtis is to star in this film, she and Donald Pleasence are tied for most amounts of appearances.
On September 15, 2017, Jamie Lee Curtis announced on Twitter that she would be reprising her role as Laurie Strode in the film, set forty years after Halloween (1978).
Allyson mentions that Halloween is a school night. Halloween in 2018 was in fact on Wednesday, a school night.
This is distributed by Universal Pictures, their first involvement in with Halloween, since distributing Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).
The music is composed by John Carpenter, his son Cody and his godson Daniel Davies. The trio had previously collaborated on John Carpenter's Lost Themes and Lost Themes II albums.
When Danny McBride was promoting Alien: Covenant (2017) on The Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick and asked on this unusual project for him, McBride responded-"There's more to life than dick and fart jokes. It's fun and, quite honestly, pretty terrifying to verge into new territory. Now it's accidentally even more terrifying not because of this character, but the history of this franchise and reputation of remakes. We wanna do something special-I mean that."
Two kids bump into Michael before he grabs the hammer from the garage. One kid is shouldering a toy boombox a tribute to a scene in Halloween II (1981) where Michael (Dick Warlock) is bumped into by Dick Warlock's real-life son (Lance Warlock), carrying a boom box.
When Oscar sees Michael, he calls him Mr Elrod. In Halloween 2, Michael's actions are mistaken for Mr Elrod's.
The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) in Canada in September 2018.
Danielle Harris has said in a live internet Q&A session on her social media that she attempted to "put in a call" to include Jamie in the film in some capacity, however the producers were not interested and vetoed this.
Producer Jason Blum claims to have never worked on a project as anticipated as this film.
When Allyson is walking with her friends in the beginning, Dave says her family should just put up a Christmas tree on Halloween. When Laurie and the police come to her daughter's house to take them to safety on Halloween night, Karen is wearing a Christmas sweater.
The scene where Allyson walks down the street with Vicky and Dave mirrors the original Halloween (1978), in which Laurie does the same with the Annie and Lynda.
The third sequel in the original series to ignore a previous timeline from the franchise: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002) both ignored the timeline established in parts 4,5 and 6. This film goes one step further by also ignoring Halloween II (1981).
Sophia Miller, the actress that plays "Young" Karen Strode in the film cut 13 inches off of her hair for the role. She donated the hair to an organization that makes wigs for children who have hair loss.
To avoid confusion with the 1978 original, this movie's screenplay was initially written under the title "Halloween 9: the Son of Michael Myers". It revealed Michael as having raped a nurse while incarcerated; the coming of their mute, murderous offspring is anticipated and prepared for by Laurie Strode.
"There's a stealth efficiency to the way an actual trained killer works... Movies tend to dilute that quality with dramatic pauses and dialogue, which a true predator would never waste time doing. That efficiency is what I took to the part of Michael Myers." - James Jude Courtney
In September 2009, before pre-production was shut down, Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer (writers of My Bloody Valentine (2009)), wrote a script and even talked Tyler Mane into returning to play Michael Myers. Shortly after pitching the script, the company shut down production, saying the script was good, but there wasn't enough time for the project to be finished in time.
The opening credits are done in the style of "zooming in on a jack-o-lantern" like the original two movies, but the pumpkin is smashed, and slowly reassembles itself as the camera zooms in.
The first Halloween film in the franchise to be released in October since Halloween 5.
During the trick or treat shots, a trio of children can be seen together wearing a skeleton costume, witch costume, and jack o lantern mask. This is a nod to Halloween III: Season of the Witch, in which the Silver Shamrock company's skeleton, witch, and jack o lantern masks are the driving plot device of the film.
Much like Scream 4 (2011) , this movie features the main series heroine Laurie Strode return to her hometown where she attended high school, and where her high school friends were killed. Laurie's teenage female relative and her mother are prominent characters, and killings occur again. In Scream 4 (2011), franchise protagonist Sidney Prescott had returned to her hometown, where her teenage cousin Jill and her friends are targeted by the killer get-up of Ghostface, which Sidney had dealt with before. Scream pays heavy homage to Halloween.
Producer Jason Blum and his distributing company of Blumhouse's first major horror icon film.
Initial promotional photos for the film displayed Jamie Lee Curtis with the same short haircut she had worn in previous roles, including Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998); in the finished film, she has long hair as Laurie had in the original Halloween (1978).
Illustrations of Dr. Samuel Loomis appear amongst Aaron's (Jefferson Hall's) collected files on Michael Myers.
After failing to develop a new Halloween film in time, Dimension Films lost the production rights for a sequel, which reverted back to Miramax, which then joined with Blumhouse Productions. In May 2016, a new installment was officially announced, with original co-creator John Carpenter's involvement as a composer, executive producer, and creative consultant. Principal photography commenced on January 13, 2018 in South Carolina, and concluded on February 19.
The following weapons that Laurie uses are a, Smith and Wesson Model 66, Mossberg 500 Cruiser, and the Winchester 1873 rifle.
First film in the franchise to truly use different masks. Each having slightly varied cracks, wrinkles, hair style, etc. Contrast to the original which people thought used different masks to show different emotions but only had the one
No filming took place in South Pasadena, California, the main filming location for the original Halloween.
Right before the father (Brien Gregorie) and son (Vince Mattis) find the crashed bus and escaped Smith's Grove patients, the son is telling his father about how much he enjoys his dance classes. Prior to his involvement on Halloween (2018), director David Gordon Green spent almost a decade working on a re-imagining of Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977), about the horrors going on inside a revered dance academy, eventually leaving the project due to budgetary restraints and legal concerns. An updated Suspiria (2018) was eventually made - directed by Luca Guadagnino, who'd personally hired Green to direct the film first when he was working on it as a producer - and released a week after "Halloween".
This is the third film to simply be titled "Halloween", after the original 1978 film, and Rob Zombie's 2007 remake.
Tony Moran and Tyler Mane, the only actors to play a fully unmasked Michael Myers, were not approached to make an appearance.
Production for Halloween 3-D was shut down on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 because The Weinstein Company ran out of money (and due to lack of interest from the public after the immense critical failure of the previous Halloween remakes). They had just received the first draft of the screenplay on Friday September 25 and shooting was supposed to start in November to end in time for Director Patrick Lussier to start shooting another film from a prior engagement in January, Drive Angry (2011) with Nicolas Cage. In May of 2014, Todd Farmer confirmed that neither he nor Lussier were involved in the project any longer.
'Trick or Treat Studios' obtained the official costume licensing rights for the film. Both Nelson and Vincent Van Dyke joined their design team, who used toolings from the screen-used mold of Michael Myers' mask to adapt it for mass market sale.
Actor James Jude Courtney, who plays Michael Myers, consulted with real-life killers on how to kill people to make his performance believable. In his own words 'Michael has been locked up for 40 years so he's had a long time to think about killing but obviously he's still efficient and driven so I wanted to make sure people see that in my performance'.
Virginia Gardner was born the year that, Halloween 6 The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), came out.
The yellow lined checkered squares at the institution contain the most dangerous patients: hence Michael (Nick Castle) among three others during Aaron (Jefferson Hall) and Dana's (Rhian Rees') visit being seen contained in one.
Judy Greer's Ant-Man (2015) co-star Paul Rudd had his first staring role in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995).
Michael Myers' tenth appearance on film, which, if you discount dream sequences in Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part V, equals the number of appearances of fellow horror movie icon Jason Voorhees.
Laurie uses a Winchester to defend herself against Micheal. It is interesting to note, in the original 1978 film, the young Laurie and the children she babysits are watching Howard Hawks' 1950 classic film version of The Thing (which John Carpenter would remake in 1982). Winchester is not only Hawks' middle name, but he also named his production company Winchester Films. In the 1978 version, Carpenter shows the Winchester Films logo before the opening credits of the 1950 The Thing. Carpenter acknowledges Hawks as a major influence.
With this film there are now 4 distinct Halloween timelines 1. Halloween 1,2,4,5,6 2. Halloween 1,2, H20, Ressurection 3. Halloween 1, 2018 4. Remakes
This Halloween is the 11th film of the saga. It succeeds the reboot and subsequent sequel done by (Rob Zombie) released in 2007 and 2009.
Halloween had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018, as part of its Midnight Madness section.
Officer Hawkins is playing a pinball game featuring Back To The Future on it, Halloween and Back To The Future both play the song Mr. Sandman in some of their movies as it plays in Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998),Halloween (2007),Back to the Future (1985), and Back to the Future Part II (1989)
This is the second horror sequel/prequel to have the exact same title as its original, in this case Halloween (2018) which follows on Halloween (1978). The other one is The Thing (2011), being a prequel to The Thing (1982). Both the original films were directed by John Carpenter.
The film bears strong plot & character similarities with fellow popular horror franchise instalment: Scream 4 (2011). Both feature the recurring female protagonist (Laurie Strode, Sidney Prescott) contend with the masked figure of their past targeting their 17 year old female relative (Allyson Strode, Jill Roberts), and their teenage friends. Scream has featured the original 1978 Halloween in their first instalment (Scream 1996), as various references to the Halloween film series. In Halloween H20: 20 years later (1998) Scream 2 (1997) prominently is featured, as well as references to both Scream films of the time.
British true crime podcasters Dana Haines (Rhian Rees) and Aaron Korey (Jefferson Hall) use an unmarked Tascam DR-40 digital audio recorder.
Was released in theaters, exactly two days before Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) was released in theaters, and two days before it turned 30 years old, on October 21st.