We already knew John Carpenter was participating in the new Halloween film, both as a support of David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's new version and as a composer, lending more of his legendary score to the project. Now, with the film a little more than a month from release, he's also joining the promotional machine, and making it clear that this movie has the full endorsement of the Master of Horror.
Carpenter created the Halloween franchise along with co-writer and producer Debra Hill (who, sadly, passed away in 2005), and after co-writing Halloween II and producing and composing for Halloween III: Season of the Witch, he steered clear of the series for decades, and was not a fan of certain efforts like Rob Zombie's remake. For the past few years, though, Carpenter has been eager to make a new Halloween effort that he could endorse, and in Green and McBride's script he apparently found it.
In a new featurette, released just one day after the film's second trailer, Carpenter, star Jamie Lee Curtis and director Green discuss the brutality and unpredictability of Michael Myers. There are some snippets of new footage in there, including a reference to "The Babysitter Murders," which was Carpenter and Hill's original title for the film, but the thing that will make horror fans sit up and take notice in the one-minute clip is Carpenter enthusiastically discussing the franchise in a promotional way once again. He praises Curtis' performance and talent as something perfectly suited to both his original film and Green's new version, and then offers his assessment of the quality of the new film.
"This is as good as I’ve seen since we did the first movie," he said.
There have been 10 Halloween films in the franchise so far, including one film unrelated to Michael Myers, various efforts to alter continuity, and Zombie's two films in the remake timeline. Each of those installments has its defenders (yes, even Halloween 6) and detractors, but nearly everyone agrees it doesn't get any better than that original, low-budget, creepy-as-hell film from 1978. Carpenter, of course, has a vested interest in this film succeeding now that he's taken an active role in it, but even with that grain of salt, it's going to be a lot of fun to see him out promoting this movie with enthusiasm.
Halloween is in theaters October 19.