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06 November 2012 - 01:38 PMI might have to read them someday.
05 November 2012 - 01:41 PMI haven't read any of the Halloween comics and I always wanted to hear about the Charlie Bowles story lol.
04 November 2012 - 06:03 PMEver wonder why John Carpenter doesn't like talking about Halloween II or Halloween III?... On the Shout Factory Halloween II release we witness one of the main reasons... Irwin Yablans. During the interview for the documentary we get a clue on the behind the scene troubles on Halloween II. After Halloween, which everyone involved thought the movie was a one trick pony, everyone moved on to something else. When Halloween became a surprise hit, Irwin approached John about what he'd like to do next, a sequel to Halloween was still never even thought of and John mentioned a ghost story involving a lighthouse entitled The Fog. Irwin believes a verbal agreement was made between him and John that The Fog would be made for Compass. After the meeting with John, Irwin left on a flight for Milan to a film festival where Halloween premiered overseas.
On the flight to Milan, Irwin found himself sitting next to Robert Rehme, President of Avco-Embassy Pictures. Irwin and Robert began talking and Halloween was brought up because of the success it was generating and then Irwin also brought up John's next feature, The Fog. This is where is get real sketchy but apparently after the trip to Milan, Robert came back and approached John about The Fog and made a contact with John for a 2 picture deal with Avco-Embassy with the first picture being The Fog. When Irwin arrives back from Milan, Irwin reads where John signed a 2 picture contact with Avco-Embassy and decides to sue both Avco- Embassy and John for breach of verbal contract.
In order for John NOT to get sued by Irwin and Compass, the deal was John would make The Fog with Avco- Embassy and the sequel to Halloween with Irwin and Compass. Basically, John was forced into Halloween II to get out of a legal issue. If you have ever read anything about John it's this... if you're a producer, and you ask John to change something or do something, he'll do it...with no problems. If you tell John to change something or do something, he won't. There's a BIG difference between the 2, asking and telling. So, John does The Fog with Avco-Embassy and gets forced into Halloween II with Irwin and Compass.
During this time, before the making of Halloween II, Akkad and Yablans make an agreement to sell the Halloween rights to Dino De Laurentiis and become Executive Producers with Dino De Laurentiis becoming the main person in charge of where the Halloween franchise will go. Also during this time, Irwin and Akkad's business relationship gets strained and Compass is dissolved.
Sure, John will say Halloween II was a business decision, but it was a decision that he was forced into. John never, ever, wanted to make a sequel to Halloween or stay in the "horror" genre, John wanted to be a Howard Hawks type of filmmaker. Meaning, he would do all genres and not only "horror". John wanted to be taken seriously as a filmmaker. If you read any of the back issue of Fangoria on the making of Halloween II, Debra says one of the first things they did was to "ban" Irwin from the set, this seems a strict retaliation against the Producer in which, John now had full, 100% creative control while making Halloween II, one of the demands for making Halloween II with Dino.
I think this explains a lot about just why John doesn't look fondly at Halloween II or Halloween III. Not only was he dealing with a project he didn't want to do, he found himself tampering with it and getting attached to a franchise he didn't want necessarily to be attached to. John fully knew his name recognition with the Halloween franchise might hurt him in Hollywood so he tried to put out a good product even though his heart was not in it.
What do you think? Could the bad memories of the past be one of the reasons why John doesn't like talking about Halloween II?
I feel the main reason why JC doesn't like talking about Halloween II or Halloween III is that he knew off the bat that there wasn't anything there worthy of a sequel, the original was open and shut, started perfectly, ended perfectly, and kept that sense of mystery and fear of the unknown Carpenter always goes for.
Halloween II while a good film, took away those aspects key to Carpenter's films, it explained too much, it took away mystery and it tried to end the storyline. Carpenter never ends a storyline, most films he has a direct hand in ends on an ominous note or a sort of "to be continued note" and keeps a sense of mystery Laurie's face staring blankly in the ambulance was as close to Halloween II got to that sort of ending. Mr. Carpenter never intended for The Shape to have a method of operation, an origin, a motive, or an ending.
I believe this was the rest of the reason why he doesn't look back at Halloween II fondly, he went against his principals both in storytelling and in business dealings and Mr. Carpenter seems to be a man of principle.
03 November 2012 - 08:32 PMHang in there mate and try and keep your chin up.
03 November 2012 - 04:03 PMI don't like when Michael shows emotion, the whole point is that he is pure evil. As for the studio, they never listen to the fans lol.