I wanted to wait till there was some official news and apparently there is…Michael Myers is set to return! Dimension Films confirmed rumors that a new Halloween film/sequel will start filming next month under the title Halloween Returns. The film is being written by Patrick Melton and Michael Dunstan…who are responsible for The Collector series, of which I am not a fan, and some of the weaker Saw sequels. The film will also be directed by Dunstan who helmed both installments of The Collector series, as well. While Dimension did not reveal story details, Moviehole.net…who broke the story yesterday… claims to have a source who revealed this about the upcoming film:
“Halloween Returns” will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers. The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.”
ShockTillYouDrop.com has also claimed to have found out that it will be a sequel to the 1981 Halloween II and will ignore all the sequels and remakes that came after. The story will feature the return of Hunter Von Leer’s Officer Gary Hunt, who is now a Michael Myers obsessed sheriff.
While I can’t say I am a fan of Dunstan and Melton’s collaborations, I am also not a big fan of the Halloween sequels after Season Of The Witch, so, I am cautiously intrigued.
Sources: Arrow In The Head, Moviehole, ShockTillYouDrop
Interesting flick evokes both the horror films of the 70s and the slashers of the 80s as it tells the story of the beautiful and virginal, high school student Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) and what befalls her and her friends at a weekend getaway at a secluded ranch. Mandy is the beautiful object of every boys’ desire and as she and her group of friends party and all the boys plot to get into her pants, someone else stalks the group with far more homicidal desires.
Director Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) gives Lane a visual style that evokes 70s flicks like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but his story is very 80s slasher complete with promiscuous teens meeting gruesome deaths. Despite the similarities with past horrors, Levine adds his own slant to the proceedings and Mandy Lane is not your typical slasher, as Jacob Forman’s script has it’s share of twists and surprises. There are some arty touches and a deliberately slow burning pace to go along with some vicious kills, and you never feel things are quite right, even when nothing wrong is going on. The cast are all fine with leading lady Heard fitting the bill as the beautiful nymph every boy wants and you can’t quite tell if she’s oblivious to her effect on the young men around her, or if she’s just playing them all like the love sick puppies they are. Once the bodies start to pile up, though, her Mandy shows she’s more than just a pretty face.
It’s an odd little horror that will probably evoke very mixed feelings from movie and horror fans alike. Not a great flick…It has it’s faults such as revealing the killer’s identity a bit too early…but one that has it’s own identity among-st the many other horrors of it’s kind. When all is said and done, it is an effective slasher.
Originally set to be released by Dimension Films, they sold it off to Senator Entertainment who then went out of business leaving Mandy Lane unreleased here in the US, adding to it’s reputation. After 7 years it finally saw a release October 11, 2013 on Blu-Ray, VOD and DVD by new distributor RADiUS-TWC, who are part of The Weinstein Company, which, ironically, also includes Dimension Films. Mandy Lane has finally come home. Also stars Hell On Wheels’ Anson Mount.