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HALLOWEEN: David Gordon Green Talks About The Evolution Michael Myers In New Film

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The two films I’m most excited to see in the remaining months of 2018 are Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake and David Gordon Green’s new Halloween sequel. Both films look to be promising additions to the current wave of quality horror films we’ve been having over the past several years. Granted, while I’m a bit more excited for Suspiria, I think Halloween will ultimately be the film that pleases more crowds overall.

In a new article from LA Times, both Suspiria screenwriter David Kajganich and Halloween director David Gordon Green discussed their films. While Kajganich had some interesting things to say about his film, let’s focus on Green and his comments on Halloween for today.

In particular, Green offered the following interesting tease for both Michael Myers himself in the film and how the world of 2018’s Halloween will react to him in turn:

What the audience can bring to it in terms of what’s going on in the world, I think, is extraordinarily complex and is going to add to a very simplistic experience. Michael Myers hasn’t evolved as a character in any way, shape or form [since 1978]; he’s the essence of evil.

He has no character. He has no personality. He has no interests. He never has. He’s someone that is moving forward and reacting to the world around him, but not with any sort of conscious objective. And how the world around him reacts to his behavior is where our story comes to life.

For me, this is a very assuring answer. As iconic as Michael Myers’ design is, he really is little more than a pure vessel of evil in Carpenter’s original film. Carpenter’s take on Myers was far less about the typical slasher villain and more just a pure embodiment of fate and a force of evil- take for instance the early scene in the original film when Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode is at school and her class is discussing the concept of fate.

Moreover, the idea of exploring how the modern world reacts to Michael today seems like a smart move too, provided Green and Company handle it right. We live in an age where YouTube celebrities are all over the place, where all sorts of nostalgia are in vogue and frighteningly large portions of the population at war with itself over even the existence of various political, sociological and ecological threats.

So just how would this world- on a microscopic scale at least- react to the likes of an entity of evil such as Myers? I’m curious to find out.

Halloween arrives on October 19.

SOURCE: LA Times

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