Halloween Movie Creator John Carpenter to Return to Series for New Film

"Halloween needs to return to its traditions."


Halloween is one the most successful horror franchises of all time, and it looks set to return with original director John Carpenter on board. It has been confirmed that Carpenter will be involved with a new movie, produced by the company behind the Paranormal Activity series.

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Carpenter appeared at a press launch for the new film, and revealed that he would be acting as executive producer and creative consultant. Despite the number of sequels and remakes that have been released over the years, this will be first one that Carpenter is creatively involved with since 1983's Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

"Halloween needs to return to its traditions," Carpenter said, in a statement. "I feel like the movies have gotten away from that. Michael [Myers, the series' iconic killer] is not just a human being; he's a force of nature, like the wind. That's what makes him so scary."

The movie will be produced by Blumhouse Films, alongside Miramax. Blumhouse have in recent years enjoyed box office success from the likes of Sinister, Paranormal Activity, and The Purge movies, as well as the Oscar-winning Whiplash.

The company are known for offering their filmmakers considerable creative freedom within a limited budget, and Carpenter confirmed that, like the first movie, this Halloween would be no different.

"We made the original Halloween for very little money," he explained. "At heart it's just a good, scary story, and that's why it works. 38 years later, I'm going to help to try to make the tenth sequel the scariest of them all."

Halloween was released in 1978. It became one of the most successful independent films of all time, and is widely credited for popularising the slasher genre that dominated the horror scene for the next few years. The last film to date was 2009's reboot sequel Halloween II, directed by Rob Zombie.

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