The latest Halloween is full of references and callbacks to virtually every entry in the popular horror film franchise and filmmaker David Gordon Green reveals his personal favorite Easter egg took the most amount of work to include in the new film.
Heard early in the film briefly as a father and son encounter the prison bus crash that results in the escape of infamous serial killer Michael Myers, a song is heard playing their car radio as a nod to the original 1978 film.
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“[The] one that I’m really excited about is when the boy and his father are driving, the song on the radio is the song that Jamie sang in the original,” explained Green in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “They couldn’t afford the rights to a song for the movie, so John [Carpenter] and Jamie [Lee Curtis] freestyled a song: ‘I wish I had you all alone. Just the two of us.’”
An improvised song by Curtis’ character in her debut scene as Laurie Strode as she walks away from the Myers household, Green had a new version recorded for the film surprising Carpenter when the legendary filmmaker and music composer first heard it.
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“We had a band write a song as if it was recorded in 1978, kind of a country song, that’s playing in the car,” revealed Green. “John was just laughing out loud. He was like, ‘Wait, that’s familiar. Oh wait, I wrote that song!’”
Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle, Jefferson Hall, Rhian Rees, Toby Huss, and Haluk Bilginer is currently in theatres.