The slasher movie isn’t really much of a thing these days. The 2000s showed Hollywood trying to revitalize the genre, and while there were a couple of interesting films to come from it, it wasn’t able to bring back what made the originals so special.
The reason? There’s been too much reliance on cheap scares and gore. Just look at how much they escalated the gore in the decades following those original films like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and of course, Halloween, and it’s easy to see that something was lost along the way while making the sequels.
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This is something writer Danny McBride is hoping to avoid in the upcoming Halloween sequel. Like the original, they won’t just be capitalizing on gore, as he told the Charleston City Paper.
“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.”
This certainly sounds like the right approach, and it’s something that the best horror movies of today have worked to retain. Just compare some of the better horror movies to hit in recent memory (even though they aren’t slashers), and there’s a definite tendency to skew more tense than gory.
This desire to go back to the original feeling is bolstered by the fact that the film will be a direct sequel to the original film, and will ignore all other sequels that came after it. It’s a cool approach, and we hope they’re able to build a new legacy to this long-running franchise.
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SOURCE: Charleston City Paper