Quentin Tarantino Talks Rob Zombie & The 'Halloween' He Almost Helped Make
We did a video a few months back on just how close Quentin Tarantino came to helping make 'Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers' back in the day (video below). Basically Tarantino, way earlier in his career almost helped write and at one point produce 'Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers'.
"It would have been my job to figure out who the guy in the boots is." (speaking of The Man in Black from 'Halloween V') Yeah, I was like, “Leave that scene where he shows up, alright, and freeze Michael Myers.” And so the only thing that I had in my mind — I still hadn’t figured out who that dude was — was like the first 20 minutes would have been the Lee Van Cleef dude and Michael Myers on the highway, on the road, and they stop at coffee shops and shit and wherever Michael Myers stops, he kills everybody. So, they’re like leaving a trail of bodies on Route 66.
'From Dusk Till' Dawn' anyone? Remember the start of the film with the Gecko brothers robbing the gas station? Maybe the best scene from the entire film.
Obviously these scenes would have been different as Michael doesn't speak (a weird thing to have for someone like Tarantino who's all about dialogue) but the Gecko bros is the first place my mind goes. Then to that weird but lovable 'Halloween IV' moment of Loomis and the crazy drunk preacher.
It sucks to this day we never got to see Tarantino's version of 'Halloween 6'. That being said would this particular idea have been too over the top or wacky for the 'Halloween' franchise? The road trip with the man in black? Before you say, "Anything would have been better than the 'Halloween 6' we got", YOU SHUT YOUR GODDAMN MOUTH!
I'm sorry. I didn't mean that.
I happen to love 'The Curse of Michael Myers' because of the viciousness of Michael in that particular film. Also, the stories, multiple versions and crazy ideas that came from it are just so steeped in rich Halloween lore that I couldn't imagine it not being apart of the franchise.
All that being said, goddamn would I have loved to see Tarantino's script. I only wish Tarantino would make a stand alone follow up to the Blumhouse trilogy as his last film. Could you imagine?
Tarantino gave his thoughts about other bits of the 'Halloween' franchise as well, including the idea brought on by 'Halloween II' that Michael and Laurie were siblings:
"You know, the first Halloween was fantastic, but the sequels were horrible." He continued, "They’re like fruit from a poison tree because Laurie is not the brother of the Shape. There’s something far more scary that he’s going through Haddonfield and it’s just her." Going on about the sequels, he says "Danielle Harris gives a fantastic performance in those movies. She does what she can to make it legit, but it’s just that horrible idea that John and Debra threw in the movie that ruined the entire franchise."
Tarantino does end up talking out of both sides of his mouth a bit when he exclaims he liked Rob Zombie's 'Halloween 2' because the film is it's own thing. If you remember, Rob's 'H2' did anything but leave Michaels motives a mystery.
Tarantino on Zombie's films:
"I am a big fan of the Rob Zombie Halloweens. When I saw the first one, I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t like the aesthetic. I didn’t like everything that he added to it and then the last hour just becomes this fast forward remake of the first one. What the fuck is all this shit? Eight months later, I watched it on video … and I really liked them once I got all the preconceptions out of my head. That kid is really good. I mean, what did I think Rob Zombie was going to do with it? Do I want him to do something else? I like his Sam Peckinpah aesthetic. So, now that I didn’t have a bug up my ass about it, I was actually able to appreciate it. And again, it’s that kid who got me into it, and Danielle Harris is fantastic."
Agree with him or not, I could listen to Quentin Tarantino talk 'Halloween' or movies in general, all goddamn day long. What do you think about his idea for 'Halloween 6'? Is the road trip story too wacky for you or would you just assume it's Tarantino and it would have been amazing?
For the full back story on the Tarantino 'Halloween' connection, here's an depth video we did a few months back. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter below for all the 'Halloween' news your ass could handle!