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Why the new Halloween movie put podcasters in Michael Myers' path

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Oct 29, 2018, 4:33 PM EDT (Updated)

By making his new Halloween movie a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 franchise-starter, filmmaker David Gordon Green was not only eliminating nearly four decades of (often weak) canon, he was creating a fundamental storytelling challenge. Because the new movie would be set 40 years after the events of the original, and in this version, Michael Myers had not spent all those years chopping up teenagers and cops, they had to figure out just where he had been — and how to frame it for the audience.

The first part was easy: the silent psycho, in this new Halloween timeline, was in a maximum security prison. The easiest way to convey that information, Green and co-writer Danny McBride decided, was including the production of a meta-documentary on Myers' infamous murders in Haddonfield. It was a very conventional idea, which presented new problems.

"We toyed with the idea of like, are they doing a documentary? Is this Making A Murderer? Are they doing S-Town? For many drafts — actually until the last draft — they were doing a documentary," Green told SYFY WIRE. "And then we started looking at props thinking, the second we put a video camera in their hands, it's going to date this movie. So when you watch it three years later, it's not the latest technology and it's like whatever the equivalent of VHS is today."

The solution? Well, the characters, as played by Jefferson Hall and Rhian Rees, are incredibly annoying (especially Hall), so it only made sense to give them a modern profession for annoying people.

"We thought, well with a podcast, you use a hand-held recorder, and that's not going to change that much in the next 30 or 40 years," Green said, explaining why the two characters wound up becoming nosy, somewhat exploitative pseudo-reporters. They serve a very explicit purpose, providing exposition about what's happened to Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in the intervening years (she lives in a fortified home in the woods) and get us to Myers' prison.

Then, like a slasher going after the babysitter who eluded him 40 years ago, Green discards his podcasting duo. "We wanted the audience to think, oh the movie's about them, then switch gears and throw a few surprises the audience's way," Green said, explaining the fate they met before getting even one review on iTunes.

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