Thursday, May 30, 2024

Happy “Halloween” as 40th Anniversary of Classic Horror Film Scores Big But Falls Short of Record with $77.5 Million


Halloween is all about masquerading, and certainly the movie “Halloween” in 2018 is all about that.

As the 40th anniversary horror film sets a record today with a $77.5 million opening it’s interesting to see who’s behind the mask.

“Halloween” was made by people who don’t usually make horror films. The director is David Gordon Green, who made his name with a cult indie film called “George Washington” in 2000.

More recently, Green has worked a lot with wry comic actor Danny McBride. They collaborated on McBride’s original HBO series “Eastbound and Down.” Then they re-teamed for “Vice Principals.” Now McBride helped writer “Halloween” with his “VP” writer Jeff Fradley.

McBride and Fradley wouldn’t be the names that come to mind for a “Halloween” type movie. But the humor is what makes the 40th anniversary edition zip. It’s very Kevin Williamson, who made the “Scream” parody series off the backs of movies like “Halloween.” So the whole thing has come full circle.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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