Recently I have been organising a feature on amateur short Halloween: One Good Scare, featuring everyone’s favourite nutter Michael Myers.
So while the feature is waiting to go onto LoveHorror.co.uk (I have literally just sent it to them), I thought I would offer a teaser on the blog.
Here’s a segment of the interview feature with Director David Hastings:
Everyone’s Entitled to One Good Scare
Those famous words uttered by Charles Cyphers’ Sheriff Brackett during a scene of the seminal slasher Halloween will come to life as a small screen feature this All Hallows Eve as Halloween: One Good Scare.
Amateur film production company Lightbeam Productions, which has previously produced two Halloween-themed shorts entitled Nightfall and Night Terror, as well as a Friday the 13th spinoff (No Man’s Land) has taken the short story from the limited edition graphic novel by Stef Hutchinson and created a 45 minute online feature all ready for 31st October.
Director David Hastings recently sat down with Love Horror to talk about all things Halloween and Michael Myers.
The 30 year old has been a life long fan of the series, charting all the way back to his childhood when he first saw the John Carpenter original.
“I think Halloween represents a high point in cinema history from both a technical standpoint and showing that the most simple of stories can be the most effective (and horrifying).
For me, it reminds me of a wonderful childhood I had growing up watching scary movies.”
One Good Scare is a continuation of the mythology of the series, with David Loomis (son of Donald Pleasance’s Sam) following in his father’s footsteps into psychiatry, only to cross paths with Lindsey Wallace (one of the children from the original Halloween) who is convinced the ‘Boogeyman’ is after her.
“We are trying our best to stick as closely as possible to the original source material however way we can and with what limited resources we have,” David added.
Despite numerous sequels and remakes and remakes of sequels even, Hastings is adamant that Michael Myers even 35 years later is still top dog in the horror genre.
“With Michael he’s in Haddonfield, this town that looks like where we could live. Even today, despite what the sequels try and attempt to communicate, we still don’t really know why he does what he does which is one of the reasons I think people keep watching the series,” he said.
Being an amateur not for profit production means that financing a feature such as Halloween: One Good Scare doesn’t come cheap with Hastings admitting paying out £400 of his own money to get the film off and running.
“It’s definitely not easy. It all comes out of our own pockets. In a way it actually makes you all the more determined to get the end product as best it can possibly be, and that goes for the rest of the cast and crew who want to same thing,” he said.
One of the more delightful features from the trailer for One Good Scare, which debuted on YouTube at the end of August, is the use of the original style William Shatner mask, famously donned by Nick Castle in 1978. The issues of masks is certainly a frustrating one for David,
“I wish they’d just stayed with the slightly modified Halloween 6 mask in Halloween H20; the one you see in the opening scenes with Marion Chambers. It’s great!
“I think its made all the more disheartening by the fact that when it changes throughout scenes and edit cuts, its not even subtle and it takes you out of the film, which is a shame as H20 is a strong sequel.”
To read the full feature keep your eyes peeled on LoveHorror.co.uk