'Halloween' : Creators and cast speak about bringing back 'primal fear' and remaking the iconic face of evil
After years, Michael Myers is back to haunt us with his surreal presence, and this time his face might have a crack or two.
With director David Gordon Green's 'Halloween' set to release on October 19, the makers of the movie talk about how they recreated the mask that signified the face of deadly evil. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers (Nick Castle), the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Master of horror John Carpenter executive produces and serves as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema's current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum ('Get Out', 'Split', 'The Purge', 'Paranormal Activity'). Inspired by Carpenter's classic, filmmakers Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs. While 'Halloween' joins the league of legendary horror classics that are being re-made probably one of the things that the makers were most concerned about was how to get the deadpan, grey mask just right.
What makes Michael Myers the iconic horror figure is his mask and his gas station uniform, and over the years these are the two things that have been left unchanged. As Carpenter has mentioned that Myers' appearance is "between a human being and a supernatural", and it is that very dull, inscrutable expression on his face that at once gives rise to the horror. Hence, in order to recreate a mask that could inflict fear of a similar intensity, the makers had to remake the mask without any innovation, except maybe a few cracks and creases here and there to signifying the murderer's aging transition.
Hear the creators talk about remaking the mask from scratch:
Green also seems to have brought together a cast who grew up watching the classic horror franchise. The movie changed horror films forever, and the cast is of the same opinion. Green himself watched the original film when he was 12 and though his experience wasn't very pleasant - it involved him barfing and calling him mom- it did get him hooked onto horror films.
Watch the cast and crew speak about their experience of watching the film, below:
'Halloween' hits the theatres on October 19.