Producer Jason Blum on Halloween Kills: ‘The Kills Are Even Gorier and Crazier’

Michael Myers (aka The Shape) in Halloween Kills.

Halloween is one of the most popular horror franchises out there with a lot of films inside its mask. In 2018, a new Halloween was released for the old and new generations, and it did away with all of the previous films and acted as a direct sequel to the original 1978 film. That meant that the sibling storyline with Michael Myers and Laurie Strode was gone, maintaining the mysterious nature of the killer. With the film’s box office success and praises from critics, a sequel was inevitable. Enter Halloween Kills, where it continues the wrath of Michael Myers.

Whenever a new movie based on an existing property is released, there’s always going to be some sort of pressure for the filmmakers. The 2018 film was met with praises, and producer Jason Blum tries not to get discouraged.

“I think one of the fun things about horror fans and horror filmmakers is we try not to take ourselves too seriously,” Blum tells Nerd Reactor. “I think there’s some incredible horror intellectual property. When it’s reinvented in a great way, it’s a real treat for the audience. It doesn’t always get reinvented well, so that’s why people are cynical about it. But I try not to get too daunted by it. I just try and make something that the fans will be happy about.”

Director David Gordon Green and James Jude Courtney on the set.

John Carpenter is a legendary filmmaker who has helmed classics like the original Halloween film, Escape from New York, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, and They Live. Director/co-writer David Gordon Green and Blum wanted to have Carpenter on board, and Carpenter joined as an executive producer and co-composer.

“John was the first person I went to after I made an agreement to make these movies,” Blum said. “I didn’t want to make these movies without his involvement. I went to go see him. I pitched my little heart out and he was a little skeptical. At the end of the meeting, I said, ‘Listen. They’re going to make these movies with or without us. You’re always complaining about them. So instead of complaining, why don’t you join the party and have some impact on making them instead of just criticizing them.’ And he said, ‘Well, that made a lot of sense to me.’ So we made a deal. He said, ‘I only want to be involved creatively if I can do the music.’ I thought that was a bonus. I said that that’d be the greatest thing in the world. I don’t think David would have done the movies if John hadn’t agreed to executive produce and gave the notion of making three more of these movies with his blessing. So it all worked out really well. But he was the linchpin to the whole thing for me.”

Karen (Judy Greer) and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis)

Horror fans can expect the filmmakers to step it up with the kills for Michael Myers.

“I think tonally this movie is a little broader than the first movie we did in 2018,” Blum explained. “And I think the kills are even gorier and crazier. I think if fans liked the first movie, they’re really going to like the second movie.”

With Halloween Kills paving the way for the third film, what can fans expect? With the second script, Green and Blumhouse’s Head of Film Couper Samuelson would go back and forth on notes, and they have done the same for the third film.

“We give a lot of input to our directors, but unlike a lot of companies, we don’t force them to take it,” Blum said. “We make it up to them. They get to choose the best ideas, but we do provide a lot of input. We have our own casting department that casts all the movies that we make including the Halloween movies, post-production, and physical production. There’s a real system that the directors are locked into when they’re making a Blumhouse movie.”

Halloween Kills is now in theaters and on Peacock.

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