David Gordon Green has a lot on his plate with classic horror movies under his writing and direction along with producer Jason Blum and he compares doing two of his projects: the sequel to the timeless Michael Myers slasher, Halloween Kills, and the upcoming reboot of The Exorcist.
The Exorcist is definitely a horror movie classic that it is among those who shaped the genre forever, despite its sequels being shaky, it remained to be one of the best in history. William Friedkin's masterpiece is surely in history books, just watch the first film and Linda Blair's portrayal is more than chilling enough. Try and see how her head turned 180 degrees if that isn't classic horror at all.
With such a high level of standard, David Gordon Green took the challenge of making a reboot of The Exorcist and it would be another trilogy that would grace the screens by 2023. But before that, another classic is in the direction of Green, Halloween, in its sequel that would be releasing this weekend.
Halloween, like The Exorcist, made its mark in the genre in a different way. If The Exorcist focuses on what the title describes, Halloween is focused on being a slasher, with Michael Myers wreaking havoc wherever he goes and the amazing portrayal of Jamie Lee Curtis as the final girl. Green is also handling this classic wherein he took on a direct sequel to the original.
Halloween Kills is about to release this weekend and Green compares the upcoming movie to the reboot of The Exorcist which is currently under development. In a talk with Collider, Green recognized the difference between the two as "different sub-genres of horror."
Green described the difference, "To me, it's as different as making Stronger and Pineapple Express. They're just so unbelievably different. One is very primal and the other is very academic. So it's just trying to switch gears there. I'm sure I'll know more a year from now when I've gotten a handle on what Exorcist is. The script's written. And it was a very, entirely different writing process."
Stronger is a drama film which is based on a true story about an amputee who lost his legs during the Boston Marathon bombings and Pineapple Express is an action-comedy involving some crime fiasco. That is how Green describes the difference of Halloween Kills and The Exorcist.
Halloween Kills follows the story where Halloween (2018) left off. As for The Exorcist, while Linda Blair would not be back, her mother would as Ellen Burstyn would reprise her role as Chris MacNeil who would be helping the father of a newly possessed child to be portrayed by Hamilton alumnus Leslie Odom Jr.
Halloween Kills will premiere on October 15, 2021, in theaters and on Peacock. The Exorcist reboot is scheduled for October 13, 2023.
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