Sunday, October 17, 2010

Halloween 3 set for 2011

As a big fan of the Halloween series, the latest entry, 2009's Halloween II left a bitter taste in my mouth.  While the film wasn't as bad as some fans led on, it definitely was flawed.  After walking out of the theater, I figured that the Halloween series was all but finished, but immediately after, they announced plans for a sequel.  A few months later, those plans were squashed, but according to web postings on the sequel is set for release on October 31, 2011, fittingly on Halloween.

While we don't really know much, there are a few things that we do know.  The film will be directed by Patrick Lussier, who directed 2009's horror hit, My Bloody Valentine.  Todd Farmer is attached to help with the screenplay, he helped write My Bloody Valentine, but also was responsible for the disaster known as Jason X.  Scout Taylor-Compton, who played Laurie Strode in the Rob Zombie reboots, is poised to play in her third film.  Brad Dourif, who played Sheriff Lee Bracket, is rumored to be back as well.  Some Internet rumors reported that Tom Atkins, who starred in 1982's Halloween 3, was going to be part of the cast, but that has not been confirmed.  It will also be shot in 3-D, with a budget of $23 million, which would make it the most expensive Halloween movie ever produced.  While part of me is excited as a die-hard fan of the series, a few things seriously need to be amended if this film is to be successful.

First, ditch Sherri Moon Zombie, who portrayed Michael's mother in the last two films.  She was solid in the 1st Rob Zombie film, but the "white horse" scenes in the second film were completely unnecessary and brutal.  The bitch can't get any other work, so Rob hooked her up with another role.  Get lost Sherri!

Next, Michael should look more realistic.  In the original film, Michael was a regular-sized guy, who was constantly emerging from shadows, and praying on clueless teens.  In the Rob Zombie films, he was a roided up freak with an ugly beard, who simply ripped victims to shreds.  Michael Myers lost a lot of his mystique thanks to Zombie.

Finally, they need to find a better Loomis.  If Michael can survive the last film, surely Dr. Loomis can.  I was never in love with the casting of Malcolm McDowell as Loomis, and he was portrayed as a complete douche in H2.  Patrick Stewart would be a great choice to play Dr. Loomis, don't you think?  I feel he would give a solid performance, and be a much more likable protagonist.

Get you popcorn ready slasher fans, it looks like Michael is coming back next Halloween!

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