The Story Behind Rob Zombie's Halloween

This week, Rob Zombie will unleash his second stab at the story of Michael Myers with Halloween 2 .

Love him or hate him, you can't deny he's put his own stamp onto John Carpenter's iconic slasher classic...

"This film is really, really rich in that atmosphere. The whole movie basically takes place on the three days leading up to Halloween, and most of it is on the day of. This time, I wanted it to drip with Halloween atmosphere.

"That’s why I was so happy to shoot in Georgia, because we could get those barren trees and gray skies, that fall look. I think that is essential. Last time, shooting in California, it was difficult to achieve that."

Don't expect that he's gone soft, though: "What I like about the sequel, is that Laurie and her friends are older. Compared to the last film, this one is really dark, gritty and nasty. It is a twisted psycho-drama.

"The MPAA will be bad news. I don’t know how it will play out. But it’s always like that. And this movie also focuses a lot on Sheriff Brackett.

"I’m really excited about that. Brad Douriff has a huge role in this film and he’s spectacular. He becomes very much like Laurie’s surrogate father. He feels responsible."

Next up: Ch-ch-ch-changes


Next up: Mask issues?


9. Footage airs

This past April, the first footage from H2 – or as it should now be known Halloween 2 (see the next entry) – arrived on the bubbly as ever US TV show Entertainment Tonight.

Take a gander for your first proper look at Michael’s new mask, and at what he’ll be wearing for flashbacks…

Next up: Step behind the scenes


10. What’s in a name?

Fast-forward then, to now, as Zombie has finished shooting the movie and is deep into editing for that August release date.

In the latest behind—scenes featurette, the film is referred to as Halloween 2. Looks like the brand will be keeping its name…

As to whether audiences will embrace the follow-up as they seemed to Zombie’s first take? We’ll have to wait and see.

Freelance Journalist

James White is a freelance journalist who has been covering film and TV for over two decades. In that time, James has written for a wide variety of publications including Total Film and SFX. He has also worked for BAFTA and on ODEON's in-cinema magazine.