Horror film franchises are notorious for never dying, similar to the miraculous resurrections of their main villains. The “Halloween” series featured eight flicks during its original run, and two reboots via rocker turned horror film director Rob Zombie. Albeit not every Halloween entry featured Michael Myers; the criminally underappreciated “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” pursued an anthology-style narrative. Myers is poised for yet another resurrection, produced and developed by Blumhouse Productions and Miramax.
John Carpenter, director, writer, and producer of the original 1978 film, is on board as executive producer. That the prolific Carpenter, who first introduced the character and main theme of the ’78 classic, is part of the forthcoming project bodes well. Other series, like “Hellraiser,” peaked with the first few entries, and droned on from sequel to unnecessary sequel. Don’t get us wrong, loads of sequels, genre-wide may not be great, but they totally make for guilty pleasures (“Alien 3,” anyone?).
In addition to his cinematic prowess, Carpenter is a musical pioneer, famously composing several film soundtracks. His debut album Lost Themes dropped in 2015 to universal critical acclaim, receiving a follow up in 2016’s Lost Themes II. Both albums oozed a retro ‘70s and ‘80s synth vibe, creating vivid aural soundscapes. While not hailing from a movie soundtrack, both albums are chock full of tracks that would be right at home accompanying Carpenter’s visual creations. If the latest “Halloween” installment reflects the old school sentiments of Lost Themes and Lost Themes II, and with Carpenter’s involvement as exec. producer, chances are strong, it’s destined to be a welcome renaissance for Myers.