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– by Anthony Esteves

Michael Myers is easily in the pantheon of legendary horror movie slashers. Upon making his debut in 1978, Myers easily placed himself at the level of evil greatness with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Leatherface and paved the way for characters like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. For 40 years, six sequels, an altered timeline and a reboot, Myers has been frightening victims and audiences alike.

Now, in what is a direct sequel to Carpenter’s original film, we will see a Myers who has aged those 40 years just like the only survivor of his 1978 bloodbath, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode. Producer Jason Blum, CEO of Blumhouse Productions, recently explained the process at a press conference how they kept Myers authentic and in line with the original film:

“The way we looked at all of it is trying to take it very authentically, realistically. I wasn’t looking to put a creative spin on Michael, I wanted it to just be Michael 40 years later. That goes into what was wonderful about having Nick Castle reprise the role and even the stuntman that … Jim [Jude Courtney]… that took over and played a lot of the more aggressive parts of the role, which are substantial.”

Blum continued:

“Then the mask itself. Kind of texturing that and distressing that in a way that we feel like it’s been stuffed away in evidence files for 40 years, how would that have … Christopher Nelson, our makeup and effects guy, we did draft after draft trying to recreate that exact mask only 40 years later.”

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The fact that the original man behind the mask, Nick Castle, is returning shows the production’s attention to detail and the authenticity it holds as it connects this story to the first story 40 years ago. October 19th can’t get here soon enough.

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Source: Halloween Press Conference.