‘Hor­ri­ble Idea’ morphs into hor­ror clas­sic

Bangkok Post - - SUNDAY PEOPLE -

John Car­pen­ter had shot and scored only two semi-ob­scure fea­tures when pro­ducer Ir­win Yablans came to him with a pro­posal: make a low-bud­get movie about babysit­ters be­ing mur­dered. “It was a hor­ri­ble idea,” Car­pen­ter said. “But I wanted to make more movies, so I said, ‘Great!’”

Forty years later that movie — Hal­loween (1978) — con­tin­ues to spawn se­quels, re­makes and re­boots. The lat­est, also ti­tled Hal­loween and open­ing na­tion­wide on Oct 19, brings back Lau­rie Strode (Jamie Lee Cur­tis), the sole sur­vivor of masked psy­cho Michael My­ers’ ini­tial ram­page. Now a gun-tot­ing grandma, she’s hell­bent on killing the seem­ingly im­mor­tal My­ers. “The thing that re­ally moves me about com­ing back all these years later is the fans’ deep love and rev­er­ence,” Cur­tis said. “The pas­sion for this movie is very pow­er­ful.”

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