John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night Anthology Scrapped at Syfy

The planned TV adaptation of John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night anthology series from Syfy has been scrapped. Based on the book series of the same name, the stories consist of scary tales written by a selection of horror writers, including Carpenter himself.

First published in 2015, Tales for a Halloween Night is a horror anthology series that explores the deep, dark depths of the genre. Alongside the likes of Sandy King, who’s worked with Carpenter on everything from They Live to Ghosts of Mars as a producer, and Steven Hoveke, who worked with Carpenter on The Thing: Artbook, Tales for a Halloween Night includes three separate volumes of standalone short stories. Originally set to be adapted as a TV series for Syfy back in 2017, with Carpenter attached to direct the pilot, it turns out that the anthology won’t get the live-action treatment after all.

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Sandy King, president of Stormy Kings Productions, spoke to ComicBook and revealed that the series is no longer happening. She explained that her company and Syfy were not on the same page creatively, which ultimately resulted in the two parties parting ways. Intent on doing justice to the source material and living up to readers’ expectations, she said:

“We had one [project] where SYFY wanted Tales for a Halloween Night but it quickly became evident that they just wanted the title. And I really saw a disaster on the horizon. So I went, ‘No, no, no. This is not a good idea.’ It was a greenlit series but if it’s not gonna be something cool for the fans and for the eventual audience, then I don’t think it’s a good idea to do it.”

While Carpenter has obviously been a household names since the ’70s, starting with Halloween, then continuing with classic horror films like Escape from New York, The Thing, and Christine, the filmmaker had a creative comeback of sorts with last year’s direct Halloween sequel from director David Gordon Green. It was the first film in the Halloween series that Carpenter was involved with since Halloween H20 (he was originally set to direct the film before he dropped out of the project completely). A TV series based on another one of his projects might have seemed like a safe bet for success, but that’s no longer the case.

While it’s certainly disappointing that the series isn’t happening – not only for fans of the books, but for Carpenter fans in general – it’s comforting to see its creative team taking the source material seriously enough to not simply cash in without careful consideration. Following Halloween’s success alone, horror fans can likely expect to see plenty more work inspired by or directly relating to Carpenter, so consider this project falling through a slight stumble. Whether it’s attaching himself to a potential Halloween sequel or creating something wholly original (despite working primarily in music these days), horror fans shouldn’t give up hope.

More: The Best Horror Movies of 2018

Source: ComicBook

2019-03-13 05:03:47

Danny Salemme

John Carpenter Wants to Score Halloween 2018’s Sequel

Original Halloween director and composer, John Carpenter, made fans very happy when he returned to score David Gordon Green’s 2018 sequel, and now, the Master of Horror has expressed interest in scoring another sequel. Halloween (2018) was one of the year’s most highly anticipated films. The film went on to explode box office records and is set to be released on Blu-ray early next January. The release will also include several deleted scenes that were cut from the film, including moments from the trailers fans noticed missing.

Halloween was a direct sequel to the original, ignoring every film but the 1978 classic. This allowed Scream Queen, Jamie Lee Curtis to return as Laurie Strode, the role that made her a household name. This was her first appearance in the series since 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection. In this new film, Laurie spent the last 40 years preparing for the inevitable return of Michael Myers. Alongside Curtis was Nick Castle, returning to reprise The Shape for a very brief moment.

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Jamie Lee Curtis has shared her interest in returning for another sequel under certain conditions, but it is not yet known if Halloween (2018) co-writers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride will return for a sequel – though McBride has confirmed that talks for a sequel are underway. For his part, John Carpenter was recently interviewed by Consequence of Sound where he said he would be interested in scoring a sequel to Green’s film, stating: “We’ll be ready. We’ve talked about it. We’ll be ready.” Carpenter also served as executive producer for the film, and guided Green to making the best sequel possible. (It is no secret that Carpenter wasn’t a fan of what the Michael Myers character had turned into as the series continued.)

Halloween’s first track released was The Shape Returns, and it teased a taste of the films modern revamp of the classic main theme. The main theme for the film was also shared with several as an added bonus for purchasing tickets online at Fandango. The film’s score has been credited as a major aspect to of the film’s success and it should come as no surprise since John Carpenter was who composed it. Carpenter didn’t compose all  by himself, though, he brought along his son Cody to join him.

A sequel to Halloween was inevitable once it blew up at the box office, and the film does end in a similar fashion to the original, leaving the door open for a sequel. The film was built up around the confrontation between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, but things may be far from over between the two if the box office has anything to say about it. One thing is for certain, when the two do come face to face again, it’s nice to know that John Carpenter would like to accompany them with another excellent score.

More: Halloween 2018: John Carpenter’s Score Gets Its Own Teaser

Source: Consequence of Sound

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2018-12-01 07:12:50

Todd McFarlane’s Halloween NYCC Poster Features Michael Myers’ Iconic Mask

Comic book legend Todd McFarlane has created his very own Halloween poster, which features Michael Myers’ iconic mask. McFarlane has worked as a writer and illustrator on many comic books, but is mostly known for his work on the Spawn comics, and for co-creating the Spider-Man character Venom.

Much like Venom and Spawn, Michael Myers has been a popular character for many years. Michael was first depicted in John Carpenter’s famous horror film Halloween in 1978. Many other directors have made films featuring the iconic serial killer over the last 40 years. There has been a total of ten Halloween movies since the character was created in the ’70s, including Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which had nothing to do with Myers. The most recent entry into the Halloween franchise was in 2009, when Rob Zombie made a sequel to his divisive 2007 Halloween remake. 40 years after Michael terrorized Haddonfield, Illinois, the character is returning to the big screen thanks to director David Gordon Green. A Halloween poster was previously revealed at San Diego Comic-Con, and now McFarlane has revealed his revamped poster at New York Comic Con.

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McFarlane’s exclusive New York Comic Con poster was revealed by Halloween’s official Twitter account. Following the trend from other Halloween posters, McFarlane’s poster is quite simple, and just features Michael Myers’ iconic white mask. As well-known as the character is, not a whole lot else is needed in a poster promoting the film, yet McFarlane gives his poster incredible detail when it comes to making the mask look old and worn. He also gives Myers completely black voids where his eyes should be, referencing Dr. Loomis’ famous speech about his former patient in Carpenter’s original.

While there have been multiple Halloween installments over the years, the upcoming film will actually be a direct sequel to only Carpenter’s original.  The last seven sequels and Zombie’s two films are now considered non-canon; however, the new Halloween will still reference those past entries. Even though most of the previous Halloween sequels have been anything but great, the upcoming film has a lot of potential, since it’s not only retconning the past movies, but original star Jamie Lee Curtis is reprising her role of Laurie Strode as well. It’s also important to a lot of horror fans that Carpenter himself is heavily involved in the new film, even once again composing the score.

Even though the comics legend is in no way involved with the sequel, it’s interesting to see McFarlane’s take on the Halloween property. McFarlane previously released a toy line called “Movie Maniacs” which featured Michael Myers, but this is one of the first times fans have seen Michael come to life via McFarlane’s artwork. Hopefully it won’t be the last.

More: Watch Todd McFarlane Edit Tom Hardy’s Venom Suit to Look Comic Accurate

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2018-10-06 06:10:04 – Christopher Fiduccia

Halloween 2018 Sequel is Reportedly in Development at Blumhouse

Prior to the film’s release, speculation abounds that Blumhouse is already gearing up for a sequel to 2018’s Halloween movie. The movie, due out this month, completely resets the timeline. As fans of the series know, the original was quickly followed up by a sequel – and then things began to get complicated. So this time around, they’re mostly ignoring the other sequels and starting from where things left off in the original (with subtle references to the now non-canon flicks).

First announced in 2016, the “reinvention” was directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Green and Danny McBride, who worked together on comedic films such as Pineapple Express and Your Highness. Green and McBride, along with producer Jason Blum, have spoken at length about the movie, discussing the choice to change up the continuity as well as the way they decided upon the title. The return of original star Jamie Lee Curtis to the project, coupled with the positive reactions out of TIFF, have sparked discussions of an immediate follow-up. Now, rumors are flying that the sequel is a go.

Related: Blumhouse Will Make A Sequel To Halloween 2018 If It Performs Well

Bloody Disgusting reports that things are already underway for another Halloween 3 (since this year’s installment is a sequel to the first movie). The outlet cites unnamed sources who believe that Green and McBride will not be on board this time around, despite previously hinting that they wanted to keep things going. What’s more, the outlet speculates that, if Blumhouse kicks things into gear, this sequel could hit theaters just a year after its predecessor – just in time for the 2019 Halloween season.

As the outlet notes, this wouldn’t be unusual for Blumhouse. The production company put out its first major hit, Paranormal Activity, in 2009, and a sequel, prequel, or spinoff was released nearly every year after that (save for 2013) from 2010–2015. If Halloween is successful (as the box office predictions indicate it will be), it would make sense to keep the ball rolling and churn out another hit as soon as possible.

Of course, that all depends on what happens in the still-to-be-released 2018 film. Laurie Strode is back, and she’s tougher than ever before. Having spent 40 years waiting for the day that Michael Myers returned, it seems unlikely that she’ll be taken down. John Carpenter, who wrote and directed the original, has given the 2018 movie his seal of approval and even composed the score. At this point, there doesn’t seem to be anything in the way of another Blumhouse hit, as long as they can get a solid writing and directing time solved.

More: Halloween Director Explains The Reason Behind 2018 Movie’s Title

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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2018-10-05 03:10:53 – Becca Bleznak

Is Venom Too Scary For Kids?

Venom may be rated PG-13, but given that it’s a movie about an alien parasite that forcibly takes over someone’s body and then starts threatening to bite heads and limbs off, parents may be wondering if the movie is too scary for younger children.

Though Sony claims that Venom was always intended to have a PG-13 rating, director Ruben Fleischer was uncertain in August whether or not the movie would ultimately earn an R-rating, and stated that he was agreeable to putting together an unrated director’s cut. Add to this Fleischer’s earlier comments on taking inspiration from the works of body-horror masters John Carpenter and David Cronenberg, and Venom certainly sounds like the kind of movie that could give you nightmares – even without the 40 minutes of deleted scenes.

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Ultimately, the MPAA rated Venom PG-13 for “intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for language.” The BBFC rated Venom 15 for “strong threat, horror, violence.” Here is a run down of what all that means.

How Violent Is Venom?

Venom‘s violent content makes up the majority of the reason for its rating. The movie contains a lot of intense action sequences, including falls from great heights and a chase through the streets of San Francisco with explosions. There are numerous fights, with guns and tasers being employed. However, many of the on-screen deaths (particularly those caused by the main villain Riot and the two instances of Venom biting someone’s head off) happen very quickly and bloodlessly, and in the case of the bitten-off heads it’s unclear what even happened until characters talk about it afterwards. Overall, the violence is fairly standard for a superhero movie.

The Body Horror Elements

The body horror elements of Venom are far more likely to unsettle younger audiences than its action sequences. Though often played for laughs as Eddie Brock argues with the voice in his head, the idea of having your body taken over against your wishes may be uncomfortable for some viewers. There are various sequences of the slimy symbiotes latching on to their victims and crawling across their struggling bodies, forcing their way in. There’s a further element of revulsion given some of the things Brock does while under the symbiote’s influence, which include biting into a live lobster, eating a chicken out of the garbage, and later throwing up into a clearly unclean toilet. If you have emetophobia, you may want to step out of the theater for a few minutes when Eddie starts raiding his freezer.

Language And Sexual Content

Venom contains several uses of the phrase “Oh s**t” as Eddie Brock is unwillingly dragged from one dangerous situation to the next by the symbiote. There is also one use of the F-word in the lead-up to the final battle. The movie is completely free of nudity and there is no real suggestion of sexual activity apart from one scene where Eddie and his fiancee, Anne Weying, are depicted in bed together, fully-clothed, and a passionate kiss between Eddie and Venom/Anne later in the movie, in which the symbiote transfers from her to him.

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2018-10-05 03:10:15 – Matt Morrison

John Carpenter Wants to Direct Again, But Won’t Make The Thing 2

Legendary horror director John Carpenter says he’s not yet retired from directing, but balks at the notion of making a sequel to The Thing. At 70-years-old, Carpenter’s influence over the horror genre remains apparent, especially with the upcoming addition to his most famous franchise, Halloween, approaching its October release date.

In 1978, Carpenter unknowingly spawned a film series that would continue for over 40 years. His classic tale of serial killer Michael Myers helped define the slasher subgenre, and bolstered its popularity throughout the 1980s. After the release of the first Halloween, ten films followed, but not one follow-up was directed by Carpenter. In fact, Carpenter has only directed two films total since 1998: Ghosts of Mars (2001) and The Ward (2010).

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That’s not to say Carpenter wouldn’t get back behind the camera, according to an interview with EW. He steadfastly claimed, “I would love to direct something, if it’s the right thing to do at my age“. He also went on to explain that he would never do a sequel to The Thing, as filming took place on refrigerated sets in L.A. and other frigid locales. Carpenter wants to enjoy himself, and instead floated the idea of a project filmed in Venice. He’s clearly in no rush to direct again though, expressing his fondness for basketball, and video games, and staying on his couch.

Although he didn’t direct this upcoming reboot of his classic slasher property, Carpenter remained involved by writing and performing the soundtrack for the movie. In addition to having Carpenter onboard, the sequel, of the same name as its predecessor, will feature Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprising their original roles. David Gordon Green (of Pineapple Express fame) directs the sequel he wrote alongside Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride. Ignoring all of the previous sequels, this movie does its best to harken back to the original, and – at least according to Carpenter – it’s successful in doing so. With the creator’s seal of approval, and projections for the best box office opening weekend of the franchise, Halloween likely won’t disappoint.

Carpenter is an American film staple, and his work will continue to have a ripple effect on the horror genre and cinema as a whole for years to come. If he ever does make a return behind the camera, fans will welcome it wholeheartedly – especially now in an age where so many of today’s filmmakers and fans grew up watching Carpenter’s classics. Either way though, a Carpenter-helmed continuation of The Thing seems about as likely to materialize as Guillermo Del Toro’s version of In the Mountains of Madness.

More: Halloween Director Explains The Reason Behind 2018 Movie’s Title

Source: EW

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2018-09-30 03:09:32 – Gabby Means

Halloween 2018: Listen to John Carpenter’s New Michael Myers Theme Song

In anticipation of this year’s upcoming Halloween sequel, John Carpenter’s new theme song for Michael Myers has been released to the public. Set exactly 40 years after Carpenter’s seminal horror classic, David Gordon Green’s Halloween follows masked killer Michael Myers as he picks up where he left off in the quiet town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night.

After he escapes from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium – just as he did in the original movie – Michael tracks down Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), one of his targets who managed to survive his killing spree back in 1978. Little does he know, however, that Laurie has been preparing herself for his inevitable return for the past four decades, and she isn’t going down without a fight. Also starring Judy Greer, Will Patton, and Andi Matichak, as well as retconning every sequel that came before it, Halloween brings back Carpenter (who scored the first, second, and third movies in the franchise) as the film’s composer- and the track reintroducing Michael Myers to a new generation has just been released.

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Independent record label Sacred Bones Records released the new theme song via YouTube. Titled “The Shape Returns” (referencing the name Michael was first referred to as in Carpenter and Debra Hill’s original screenplay), the track is very much akin to Michael’s theme in the original Halloween, titled “Michael Kills Judith,” when a six-year-old Michael stabbed and killed his older sister. Both tracks begin with a combination of classic piano composition and synthesizer, but “The Shape Returns” differs by jumping straight into the classic 5/4 time signature-style Halloween score.

Michael’s new theme also includes new audio elements that still feel very much grounded in the types of scores Carpenter composed in movies he released in the late-’70s and mid-’80s, including Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, and Christine. That said, Carpenter also shares composer credits with his son Cody Carpenter (who incorporates more of a classic rock influence into his similarly retro aesthetic) and his godson Daniel Davies (who worked with Carpenter on his Lost Themes album).

It’s been clear from the beginning that this year’s Halloween would honor Carpenter’s original movie. Now, given the response from early Halloween screenings and trailer footage to this new track, it’s evident that Green, as well as the rest of the creative team involved, are delving into this beloved property with strict respect for the source material. And, after the sour taste left in many a fan’s mouth following lackluster sequels and remakes, this new version of Halloween – at the very least – seems worthy enough to set things right.

Next: Blumhouse Will Make A Sequel To Halloween 2018 If It Performs Well

Source: Sacred Bones Records

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2018-09-19 03:09:54 – Danny Salemme