As Halloween closes in on Venom’s recent $80 million opening weekend, let’s get it straight from the source (director John Carpenter) on the ever lasting popularity of Michael Myers.
John Carpenter was initially reluctant to return to the Halloween universe, but thanks to the prodding of producer Jason Blum and a reunion with Jamie Lee Curtis, the filmmaker boarded the David Gordon Green directed project as the flick’s composer. Blum has said that nothing’s going to top the original, so having Carpenter return for this film was a must (Blum wouldn’t do the movie if Carpenter wasn’t on board).
Carpenter was asked about his theories on Michael Myers’ longevity (Soundcloud audio is below the transcript):
Michael Myers to me is like Godzilla. Godzilla is an all-purpose monster. He was a bad guy and then he became a good guy. He was beloved by children and then he was evil again. Michael Myers can fit into any scary slasher movie. He’s blank. He may be human. He may supernatural. We don’t know. David made him human, and he’s scary. The look of him is scary. Other than that, I don’t have a clue why he works. Not a clue.
Halloween, co-starring Judy Greer, was written by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, and Jeff Fradley.