To promote its upcoming release of Halloween (out Friday), Universal Pictures has released a brief featurette where the Filmmakers discuss the iconic Michael Myers mask.
The man who played Michael Myers in the original 1978 film, Nick Castle, recently told EW that by his estimation, the secret of success to Myers’ legacy is his iconic mask.
“It has a lot to do with that mask of course,” Castle said. “You can’t give enough credit to Tommy Wallace, who was the production designer, John’s buddy from Kentucky, who came to film school with us too, pulling a William Shatner mask off the shelf and cutting some holes and painting it a little whiter. Suddenly, you put it on, and it’s magic. It is just so scary.”
Wallace not only created the Halloween mask from scratch, but went on to himself direct 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. For his part, Castle is not the only one involved with this new Halloween who believes that the mask is the horror villain’s reason for having a terrifying reputation. Watch the just-released behind-the-scenes clip for more.
“There’s something scary about someone committing those kind of violent acts with no emotion at all, and that’s what that mask does,” says Danny McBride, who cowrote the sequel with Jeff Fradley and the film’s director, David Gordon Green. “You project things that frighten you onto that mask.”
“The Michael Myers mask is so iconic, it was very important to be authentic and honorable to his original Halloween,” says Green himself. “[We decided] let’s notput our spin on it, let’s recreate the mask.”
Directed by David Gordon Green, in the new film…
“Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”
“A British documentary crew comes to the States to visit Michael in prison for a retrospective of the maniac’s night of terror — but their project becomes way more interesting when Myers escapes custody, retrieves his signature mask and seeks revenge on Laurie, with others naturally being part of his impressive career body count along the way.
In the decades following the fateful Halloween night that forever altered the former babysitter’s life, Laurie has armed and prepped herself for Michael’s inevitable return — to the detriment of her family, including daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson.”
In Halloween, the role of Karen Strode will be portrayed by Judy Greer (Jurassic World, Ant-Man). Karen is Laurie’s daughter, while Andi Matichak (Orange Is The New Black) will serve as the movie’s young lead, Allyson Strode (the daughter of Karen and granddaughter to Laurie).
Rounding out the cast are Drew Scheid (Stranger Things), Miles Robbins (Mozart in the Jungle), Virginia “Ginny” Gardner (Marvel’s Runaways) and Dylan Arnold (Mudbound). The young actors will play friends of Matichak’s Allyson.
Halloween arrives in theaters October 19th.