Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Resurrection (Hall8ween) Early Draft by Larry Brand

Halloween 8 
(Hall8ween)
early draft by Larry Brand

Halloween Resurrection was scripted by Larry Brand and Sean Hood, but before Hood was brought aboard, Brand had taken a stab at it himself. An early draft of this script, entitled Hall8ween, can easily be found on the Internet. The storyline is basically the same--Internet entertainment entrepreneur Freddie Harris stages a "reality" show at Michael Myers' childhood home on the same night that the Shape comes home--so I'll only cover the differences here.

In this script, Laurie Strode's son John is directly referenced by the nurses at the hospital where she is institutionalized, saying that he used to visit her, then "suddenly stopped". This would leave one to believe that perhaps Michael Myers had already killed him...until Michael shows up and Laurie shouts at him that he will never find her son. So maybe he's still alive and went into hiding? Not that it matters. Michael still seems wholly unconcerned, and doesn't even attempt to pursue him.

Also, although Laurie still lures Michael to the roof, she does not have a booby trap waiting for him. She merely allows him to attack her, and then unsuccessfully attempts to pull him over the ledge with her in an even less heroic and just worthy death than she received in the final film.

Following her death, we're still introduced to the rest of the cast. The college students investigating the house are slightly different, but nothing noteworthy--as they never amounted to much more than chum anyway. The only impressive difference is that one of the students, Bill, is actually working for Netertainment, and it's he, not Freddie, who dons the Michael Myers outfit to scare the others.

Another student, Jim, gets to spout a rather hammy monologue that didn't make the final cut:

"Michael Myers isn't real. He might have been real once, but not anymore. Michael Myers has entered the dark mythology of America, my friends. He's become part of the horror that's been the underside of this country ever since the first white man murdered the first Indian and started seeing the ghosts of revenge in every shadow. He's the great white shark of our unconscious. He's every murderous impulse we've ever had. He's the voice that whispers to us to flatten the old lady taking forever at the checkout counter in front of us. He's that little itch at the base of our brains where reptiles once ruled. He's all of us, my friends, each and every one."

Freddie is still the same Kung fu clown he would later turn out to be, but he's much less, umm, URBAN in this draft. Reading dialogue from here, and from the shooting script, it's obvious that the character was rewritten with Busta Rhymes in mind. And, less importantly, his business venture here is known as Netertainment as opposed to Dangertainment--although it's difficult to figure out which one is worse.

It's also noteworthy that Tyra Banks's character Nora was originally a guy named Charlie, a sexual reversal similar to what happened with LL Cool J's character in Halloween H20.

There's a whole new character in this script as well, a determined police detective named Donaldson whose investigation into the murder of Laurie Strode eventually leads him to the Myers house and right into the hands of Michael. He survived the ordeal, but not the final draft of the script, not that it's any real loss. On paper, he wasn't a great character, he brought nothing at all to the story and his investigation amounted to nothing.

In the end, Michael's body was not found in the ashes here, having somehow escaped in a rather anti-climactic finale.

Overall, there would have been no real benefit had they shot this version of the script instead, as all of the differences were basically cosmetic. Larry Brand gave us a pig. Sean Hood just put some lipstick on it.

--J/Metro

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