Michael Myers will be returning to the big screen in this year's new Halloween movie with his original mask, but just don't expect it to look the same. Blumhouse has been working on this upcoming Halloween reboot/sequel for a while now, which will ignore every single sequel and instead serve as something of a direct sequel to John Carpenter's original 1978 slasher classic. Oscar-winning makeup and effects artist Christopher Nelson has revealed details on what to expect from the look of Michael Myers in this new movie, and how they tried to approach the mask with 40 years worth of age on it.
While many of the details surrounding the new Halloween, which recently wrapped production, are being kept under tight lock and key, we know that the movie takes place 40 years after the events of the original and, presumably, Michael Myers has been nowhere to be found since then. We haven't seen any official photos of Michael Myers look in this new movie, but thanks to Christopher Nelson, we have some idea of what to expect. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent in-depth interview.
"The film takes place 40 years later, so you're not going to have that same mask, it's not going to be this pristine, beautiful thing that it was in 1978. You have to approach it from that standpoint. I had 40-year-old masks that I studied and looked at how they broke down, how they wrinkled, how they did this and how they did that. I also took into account the context of the film. Where is the mask now and where has it been for these 40 years? Without revealing anything, I took that into context. I had hundreds of photos and books."
Christopher Nelson also says, "The point was to get back to the original, and to bring Michael Myers to life again, to bring that character, that feeling that you get, I really approached it more as a feeling than I did trying to copy the original mask." Everyone, from director David Gordon Green to co-writer Danny McBride, and now Nelson, are certainly saying the right things about this movie. Nelson continued, discussing the importance of the mask and what it does to help shape the character of Michael Myers.
"I wanted to create the character of Michael Myers, not just the mask. You're not creating just a mask. You're creating a character. You're creating a feeling that you get that does have an expression. The mask does have an expression, but also the mask looks completely different in every single angle it's ever been photographed at, and I wanted that feeling too. I wanted the feeling that when you saw Michael Myers, it morphs, it changes, it looks different from every single angle, like the original one did. I can safely say we accomplished that."
Halloween, which sees the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, wrapped production in February and is set for release by Blumhouse Production on October 19. With that in mind, it's not hard to imagine a trailer could be coming our way somewhat soon, but it's hard to know how they're going to approach the marketing of this movie. For more with Christopher Nelson, you can check out his full interview with Halloween Daily News.