Trivia / Halloween

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  • Acting for Two:
    • Nancy Kyes played Annie in Halloween and for her brief cameo as a corpse in Halloween II (credited as "Nancy Loomis" for both). In Halloween III, she played Dr. Dan Challis' ex-wife for one brief scene. She was a regular in all of John Carpenter's early films.
    • Danielle Harris played Jamie in Halloween 4 and Halloween 5, while the role was recast for 6 (see below). She returned to the franchise for both of Rob Zombie's films, now playing Annie.
  • Author Existence Failure:
    • The death of series producer Moustapha Akkad effectively erased the chances of a ninth film in the original series.
    • Dr. Loomis died before H20 since Donald Pleasence passed away.
  • Billing Displacement: The original film had Donald Pleasence billed ahead of then-unknown Jamie Lee Curtis, although his screentime was less. By the time of Halloween II three years later, Curtis was enough of a star for them to employ diagonal billing, although she only had about 10 minutes of screentime in this film.
  • California Doubling: Most of the series takes place in Illinois, in the fictional town of Haddonfield, but no Halloween film has been shot in that state:
    • The first two films, H20, and the first Rob Zombie film were shot entirely in California, mostly around the same neighborhood in Pasadena. However, only the opening scene of H20 took place in Haddonfield. The rest actually did take place in California.
    • The fourth, fifth, and sixth films were shot near Salt Lake City, Utah. Reshoots for the sixth were also done in Los Angeles.
    • Resurrection was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    • The second Rob Zombie film was shot mostly in Atlanta, Georgia, with some scenes shot in Connecticut.
    • The 2018 reboot/sequel was shot in Charleston, South Carolina.
    • Averted with the third film, which did take place entirely in California in addition to being shot there.
  • Channel Hop:
    • Or rather "Studio Hop" since the franchise has a history of being released under different studios. The first film was produced and released independently (under Compass International Pictures). The second and third films were picked up by Universal. The fourth and fifth films were produced independently, but distributed by Galaxy International Releasing (who had a deal with 20th Century Fox). Disney-owned Miramax bought the rights to the franchise in 1994, and released Curse, H20, and Resurrection under their Dimension Films label. Dimension inherited the sequel rights when it jumped ship to The Weinstein Company, who released the two Rob Zombie films (working with MGM on the first). Dimension dropped the franchise in 2015, and the rights reverted back to Miramax. Trancas Films (Moustapha Akkad's production company, who has produced all the films) is working with Blumhouse on the next film while Miramax shops the project to new distributors.
    • Home video is even more messed up. Anchor Bay has the license to 1, 4-5 (licensed from Trancas), Shout! Factory has 2-3 (licensed from Universal), and Lionsgate has Curse, H20, and Resurrection (licensed from Miramax). Genius Products has the first Rob Zombie film, while Sony Pictures has the second (both licensed from The Weinstein Company). Universal has also released their own barebones editions of 2-3. In addition, Anchor Bay and Shout! Factory teamed up to release a complete franchise boxset (licensing films from Miramax and TWC).
    • Past home video distributors include Media Home Entertainment (1), GoodTimes (2-3), CBS/FOX (4-5), Buena Vista (6-8), and Echo Bridge (also 6-8).
  • Dawson Casting: The series seems to love this:
    • 17/18 year old Laurie Strode played by 20-year old Jamie Lee Curtis. Which isn't too bad, except that in Halloween 2, Laurie was the same age, but Jamie Lee Curtis was now 23.
    • Teenagers Annie and Lynda were played by actors in their late 20's/early 30's in both the original and the remake.
    • Ellie Cornell and various other actors in their early/mid-20's were cast as the teenage Rachel and friends in Halloween 4 and 5.
    • Made even funnier is when they get one of the Trope Namers, Michelle Williams of Dawson's Creek fame and one of the few actors to avert this trope, to play one of the main teens in Halloween H20.
  • Doing It for the Art: As hard as it is to believe, Zombie's vision of the series.
  • Franchise Zombie:
    • John Carpenter, in a 1982 interview, stated that Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis both died at the end of Halloween II and that he intended to make the series into an anthology "like The Twilight Zone but on a larger scale." After the financial flop of Halloween III, Carpenter opted out of doing any more films in the series and signed away the rights to producer Moustapha Akkad, who quickly revived the original formula. Michael Myers went on to appear in five more films after his canon death, not counting the remakes.
    • Rob Zombie expressed disappointment at the studio's initial plans to resurrect Michael for a third remake film, despite his insistence (and refusal to direct) that his Halloween II was the end of the franchise. In Rob's case, it ended up being a zigzagged trope, as although another Halloween was eventually greenlit, it's an alternate sequel to the original film, with no connection to the remakes.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Michael Myers. And we don't mean comedian Mike Myers!
    • Sam Loomis, the badass psychologist, has the same name as Marion Crane's lover in Psycho. Considering all the parallels the two movies have, it was probably a deliberate Shout-Out.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Michael Myers has been played by a number of different actors, since we can't see his face. He was portrayed by Nick Castle in the original film (with Tony Moran for the shot where he's not wearing a mask), Dick Warlock in the second, George P. Wilbur in the fourth and Curse, Don Shanks in the fifth, Chris Durand in H20, Brad Loree in Resurrection, Tyler Mane in both Rob Zombie films, and James Jude Courtney in the 2018 film (with Nick Castle reprising his role for some key scenes).
    • Lindsey Wallace was played by child actress Kyle Richards in the original film (see below), and in archive footage in the second. Leslie L. Rohland played the character for her cameo in the fourth film.
    • Tommy Doyle was played by child actor Brian Andrews in the original film (with archive footage in the second), and Danny Raye for his cameo in the fourth, but Paul Rudd took over the role in The Curse of Michael Myers (in his feature film debut). According to writer Daniel Farrands, Andrews was sought to reprise the role, but he didn't have an agent at the time, and could not be contacted.
    • Jamie Lloyd was played by Danielle Harris in both 4 and 5 as a child, but J.C. Brandy took over the role as a teenager for Curse. Harris was interested in reprising the role, but changed her mind after the role was heavily reduced and she refused to work for scale.
    • Dr. Terence Wynn was played by Robert Phalen for his one scene in the original film, Don Shanks (who also played Michael Myers) for his brief faceless appearance in the fifth, and Mitchell Ryan for his expanded appearance in Curse.
    • After Donald Pleasence had passed away, Dr. Loomis' vocal cameo in H20 was provided by Tom Kane instead.
    • In the Rob Zombie films, Young Michael Myers was played by Daeg Faerch in the first film, and Chase Wright Vanek in the second.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In the original film, Lindsay Wallace (the girl Annie babysits) was played by Kyle Richards, who is today known for starring in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and for being Paris Hilton's aunt.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The plan for Season of the Witch was to turn Halloween into a Genre Anthology film series, as Carpenter and Debra Hill felt that the story laid out in the first two films was finished.
    • After Curse's poor critical and commercial reception, the next entry was initially greenlit as a direct-to-video project, before Jamie Lee Curtis signed on, and the series given a soft reboot.
    • Had the Thorn storyline continued, then Tommy Doyle would return to replace Loomis as Michael's main enemy.
    • There was also plans for, get this, an Anime based on the series. Outside of a short announcement however, nothing came of it.
    • There was also talk of a planned crossover with the Hellraiser franchise. Word has it that either Moustapha Akkad killed the idea, or it was never brought into production at all and was just a rumor.
      • One well known pitch for the unproduced crossover involved the revelation that young Michael was possessed by Samhain, The Lord of The Dead, who wanted to escape the Cenobite hell (explaining why he can't be killed).
    • Another sequel to Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007) was originally greenlit in 2011 as Halloween 3D, with Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer writing, for an October 2012 release, but the project fell hard into Development Hell, and was ultimately canceled.
    • A project titled Halloween Returns, with Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (The Collector, later Saw movies) writing/directing was greenlit in 2015, and was so far ahead into production, the script had been finished, and shooting locations had already been scouted in Louisiana. Supposedly, it was to be another direct sequel to the original Halloween II, told from the perspective of a security guard, with Michael Myers on death row. Then the project was delayed indefinitely, supposedly due to Melton and Dunstan's disagreements with the Weinsteins. Because The Weinstein Company took too long getting a new Halloween film off the ground, the rights reverted back to Miramax, canceling the project. Halloween (2018) eventually resulted after this, finally taking the franchise out of its nine year dormancy.
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