On Thursday, October 18, 2018 the groundbreaking horror film Halloween will premiere in theaters for the first time since 2009. Halloween will depict an older yet braver Laurie Strode (protagonist) of the original 1978 film, 40 years later.
She was the babysitter who escaped serial killer, Michael Myers (antagonist) that Halloween night.
Though it’s been 40 years since she’s been in contact with Myres, Strode has been preparing to seek revenge of her brother, Michael Myers (antagonist) after murdering three people that 1978 Halloween night.
According to Box Office Film, the movie is expected to make $40,000,000 in box office sales during its opening weekend. This should not be surprising, being that this is a pretty twisted, yet fascinating story line.
But the questions that most probably raise: Who and how did someone come up with a story as this?; A bizarre man – why would he want to stalk and kill a babysitter?; How was any of this even originated?
One must go back to the 1950s where it all began!
According to Halloween 1978 (The Inside Story), this film was inspired by its director, John Carpenter in 1953, when he was just 5 years old, watching a film in theaters called, It Came From Outer Space.
He describes his experience in an interview saying, “I was a little tyke, and it scared the pants off me – terrified me.
I thought, ‘man that’s what I want to do; I wanted to write movies.” It’s amazing how one can be influenced to do something creative at such an early age.
But his dream would finally turn into reality when a distributor looking to go into film production, Irwin Yablems saw potential in the young Carpenter, who’d recently created the film – Assault on Precinct 13.
Yablems wanted to create a horror film about babysitting, for he felt that every girl in America could relate to babysitting; he thought the film should be called the “Babysitter Murders.” Carpenter agreed with a budget for $300,000 dollars.
How can a movie be pulled off with only $300,000 dollars? That’s pretty low in budget for a motion picture film. But when this questions was raised before Carpenter by Moustapha Akaad – looking for film products to fund. Carpenter said simply, “You just have to trust me.” Akaad did just that.
That in fact comes with the help of a phenomenal cast. The leading actress, Laurie Strode is portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis. Now Curtis isn’t just any “leading lady.” She is the daughter of veteran film star Janet Leigh. Leigh is best known for infamous role in the 1960 film, Psycho. So does it come to a surprise that Curtis would do such a fantastic job portraying Strode?
But it get better! Not only did Halloween have the original “Scream Queen’s” daughter, but Carpenter also implemented veteran actor, Donald Pleasence, best known for his work in films such as, The Great Escape and Will Penny. It was crucial for Pleasence to be apart of this film, because he was already an established well known actor in Hollywood.
Depicting the role of Dr. Loomis, the psychiatrist of Michael Myers, Pleasence character gives the audience some sort of insight into the thought process of Michael Myers.
He describes Curtis in an interview saying, “I loved working with Jamie Lee Curtis, and I felt she was a wonderful actress even that early in her career.”
What should fans expect in the new upcoming Halloween film? After suffering from severe trauma after the events of that 1978 Halloween night, Laurie and Michael will finally come face to face with one another after all of these years.
Will Laurie finally seek the revenge she has waiting for all of these years? Who knows. But fans will just have to wait and see.