Halloween Returns – that’s the new franchise reboot based on John Carpenter’s classic 1978 horror. The film will disregard the two Halloween films from Rob Zombie which were released in 2007 and 2009. The Zombie films were relatively successful at the box office but they failed to find the love that made the original Carpenter film endure.
Moviehole and Shock Till You Drop got the lowdown on the plot:
Halloween Returns will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers. The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.
Halloween II’s Deputy Gary Hunt—who you may remember from the 1981 sequel as the blonde officer who accompanies Dr. Loomis to the school on the night he came home—appears in Halloween Returns, now as sheriff. This leaves Halloween Returns connected to the original series, unrelated to Rob Zombie’s films and—in contemporary fashion—not concerned with later sequels.
Saw sequel scripters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton penned the screenplay – and Dunstan will take the helm of the film which shoots in July (will it get a Halloween release?).
This isn’t bad news – belated sequels are okay, but reboots are a major no-no.
On an semi-related note – read the Movies in Focus interview with Halloween creator John Carpenter.
Keep reading Movies In Focus for more details on Halloween Returns.