Written by J. Weagle
It’s now a sure thing that we will be getting a new Halloween film, but which director will be behind it? John Carpenter’s original is no doubt one of the finest horror films ever made, perhaps as near perfect as any film of could be. Rob Zombie took a swing at the franchise nearly a decade ago with what I thought was a bold and original take, though I understand many had issues with it.
Now it seems the beloved title Halloween will fall into the hands of another lucky (or unlucky?) director, and in theory this could be a very exciting thing. Part of me likes the idea of different directors putting their own spin and mark on Halloween every couple of years. This would allow the name Halloween to live on forever without getting stale, and because the premise is so simple and unexplained it gives some talented people a chance to add to the lore of Michael Myers. With that being said here’s a few filmmakers I believe would be perfect for the job of carrying the torch.
Alvarez is no stranger to remaking iconic horror masterpieces as he burst on the scene back in 2013 with a remake of The Evil Dead. He was hand picked by Sam Raimi himself to dawn the task that many fans believed undoable – updating the series for a modern audience while keeping the heart of the original film intact. Not only did Alvarez achieve this, he created one of the finest horror remakes of all time and a modern classic. Though his second feature (Don’t Breathe) hasn’t been released yet, just seeing the trailer shows just how capable he is at creating suspense.
Showcase film: Evil Dead (2013)
Mike Flanagan has slowly been making a name for himself in the horror world. It started in 2013 with the release of Oculus which would go on to be one of the most loved horror films of that year. He followed that up with the incredibly tense thriller Hush (see review) just this year to widespread acclaim for its innovation in the often dull slasher genre. Flanagan is very good at putting his own spin on traditional ideas, which would make him the ideal candidate for a new Halloween.
Showcase film: Hush (2016)
David Robert Mitchell
Mitchell’s filmography is very thin to date as he has only directed two feature films so far in his career but you’d swear he’s an old master with the skill he shows. Not necessarily known as a horror director per say, he managed to create a modern masterpiece with It Follows which I’ve gone on to call perhaps my favourite horror film of the twenty-first century. That film, like Carpenter’s original share a lot in common in how they deliver tension and since both have a love for dark synth tracks it’s a match made in heaven.
Showcase film: It Follows
Ti West should be a lot more well known than he is. He continues to be one of the most reliable directors working in the genre today since his first hit back in 2009 The House of the Devil. With that film he showed skills that are rivalled only by the likes of Polanski and Carpenter which is about the highest compliment that can be bestowed on a young filmmaker. His style is very retro in that he loves to pay homage to late 1970’s early 1980’s genre films so my only worry is that his version of Halloween would be a little too similar to Carpenter’s. With that being said I’m sure fans who were disappointed with Zombie’s take would feel much more comfortable with West’s version.
Showcase film: The House of the Devil