Movie Halloween Sequels

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Well, while we're on the subject of difficult to obtain Halloween scripts, I figure I'd throw a list of them I'm aware of out there and see if anyone has any information about them at all.
  • Halloween III by Nigel Kneale (although apparently there are few printed copies in existence)
  • Halloween: Two Faces of Evil by Robert Zappia (meant to be a DTV sequel before H20 was put into production. A copy was raffled off at the 35th anniversary convention, but I wondered if that was the only copy out there at all)
  • Halloween: Redemption (I haven't heard really anything at all about this one, just that a script with this title was a consideration for a Halloween 9)
  • Halloween: Asylum by Matt Venne (apparently, from what I've heard, Michael's actually to be executed within the sanitarium here... like it's a prison)
  • Halloween: The Missing Years by Jake Wade Wall (prequel set in Smith's Grove, from what I've heard)
  • Halloween II by Rob Zombie (interested in any draft, really. I've heard a lot of the kills in the final movie were mandated by the Weinsteins and actually didn't show up in earlier scripts)
Might be one more I can think of - Halloween H2K - sequel to H20. Might have been a pre-Homecoming pitch but it was speedily after H20, and I remember someone tried to stir up legal trouble because it was similar to his treatment/idea. I believe he had a tangential connection to Halloween as a mask maker (possibly with Don Post)... again this is going WAY back.
 
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Oh and JC had a H6 in mind around the mid-90s - Michael shot into space. The actual H6 has a line of dialogue laughing at this. Inside joke at the time. No idea if a script existed.
 
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REVIEW:
After reading both drafts, I have to say
It was an overall mixed reaction. In some regards, it was, in my opinion actually more creative and original then the final version or the installments that came after, in regards to the overall story idea, the beginning with a flashback which morphs into a surreal nightmare, the argument at the PTA meeting is actually quite well thought out. And I appreciated all the continuity that went on, such as even making the Mundy reporter a major character. The idea of Michael being sort of a shape changing, regenerating Kruger like figure is an interesting direction, but in my opinion, it may have needed to be more gradual instead of saving all of those types of tricks for the ending. For most of it, I really just didn't personally connect with any of the characters, who were simply dumb slasher bait, or even in the case of Tommy and Lindsey, caustic or withdrawn. It may have worked in some senses, but I just didn't care if any of them lived or died. I also didn't know whether to be disappointed or satisfied with the open ended "ending". Overall, it was interesting to satisfy my curiosity on this rare story finally being made available, but it was just a somewhat lackluster experience. This is simply my personal opinion and taste, however, and I am happy that rare scripts like these are surfacing.
 
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I just finished my reading, and I gotta say... it sure wasn't what I was expecting. So let's start with the good--the intro; it was creative, symbolic, and almost mythical. It resembled a main titles sequence I crafted in one of my Halloween (fan) scripts. The story gets a check as well. I really liked how Etchison chose NOT to dwell on Loomis or Laurie's characters, but still respected them and paid tribute to them through out. I also loved all of the throwbacks, tributes, and jabs to other popular horror movie franchises. I saw yo shadiness Etchison ;).

Now for the bad--many of the characters, including the two protagonists, felt a tad underwhelming and not living up to their potentials. To some degree, this made sense, as Etchison really tried to be inclusive with showing how everyone had been and was still being affected by their town's dark past. Still, there could've been more development and stronger relationships. The supernatural element was also quite frustrating. It wasn't as subtle as it was in the first two films, it was TOO much and TOO over-the-top. And towards the end, all of it really just threw my interest and understanding of what was going on. Finally, The Shape... *sigh*. "It" started off on the right note, establishing its continued presence in the community after all these years, but it didn't feel as lethal, dangerous, and foreboding as it did in some of the other films.

There's a lot more that could be said about the script, but all in all, I did enjoy it. Thanks KiramidHead!
 
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VERY well said. I felt that
Tommy did not come off like a sympathetic, misunderstood character, just a gloomy jerk. And that and Lindsey just leaving Haddonfield behind to burn was another unrealistic element.
 
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Anybody else feel like reading these drafts was a surreal experience? I did. I'm a hardcore Halloween fan/nerd though. I feel that the latter draft was better. I believe that if Dennis got to do one more solid draft, especially for Joe Dante, it probably would've fixed a lot of those character and story issues. Tonally it reminded me of a cross between The Fog and A Nightmare on Elm Street. That climax would've been legendary if this actually got filmed. Dante did a sort of lighthearted/revised version of that ending for Matinee ... kinda.
 
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Daniel Farrands took a few elements from Etchison's script and used them in Halloween 6. Kind of interesting. Makes me believe this Etchison script did do the rounds at horror movie conventions in the late 80s/early 90s.
 
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