Halloween isn’t just scaring up big business at the box office and impressing critics.
The movie is also delivering old school jump scares and truly unsettling psychological horrors.
One of the most disturbing moments involves the iconic killer and a defenceless baby in a crib. We are shuddering just thinking about it and audiences are left totally freaked out – but NOT for the usual reasons.
It’s been causing so much disturbance that the filmmakers have finally explained what actually happened and why.
WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS
The simple fact is this: one of cinema’s most merciless and inhuman killers sees a very easy prey and… does not carry out the expected horror.
Director David Gordon Green told the Los Angeles Times: “We’re looking at a character who I proclaim is the essence of evil and has no motivation, no emotion, no real stimulation other than being a predator. And yet we’ve given him this one consideration in which he does the right thing.
“So I’m not exactly sure how to stand by that and justify that, although I think it’s fascinating to think of someone that is nothing but a cold-blooded, faceless, motivation-less killer. He made one decision that we are happy that he made.”
Green then confessed his own personal reason for including the scene.
He added: “We were looking for an interesting 15-second gap in a long sequence. And there were 15 seconds, no tension, no new information. And the goal was, ‘How do we put something that’s 15 seconds’ worth of intrigue in the sequence?’
“And the production designer and the Director of Photography came up with the idea of putting a baby crib in the living room and then a baby. It was one of the things that was just exciting, and it fixed the problem; it filled the gap.”
Obvious nobody ever wants to see the killing of a baby, whatever the film or the premise.
Even so, in a strange way this one act of apparent humanity only makes Myers even more terrifying. He is utterly without any recognisable human emotions and even this apparent mercy may just be another cold and cruel facet of his character.
He didn’t show the baby mercy or any compassion. He simply didn’t care either way. Now that’s truly chilling…
Halloween is out now in cinemas