Tyler Mane stunned the Manchester audience of an opening day screening of Halloween by introducing the film at ODEON Great Northern.
The Canadian portrayed Michael Myers, the Halloween franchise’s villain, in the 2007 reboot of the series and its 2011 sequel – Halloween II, while James Jude Courtney will take on the mantle in 2018.
The former wrestler turned actor was in town to attend the For the Love of Horror convention at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Trafford Park on October 20-21.
Also there were horror stars Danny Trejo, Alex Vincent and Eileen Dietz. In his introduction he gave away eight tickets to the convention to the first people who made it to the front of the cinema, a stampede of horror fanatics scrambled for the passes.
In a Q&A before he introduced the 11th film in the franchise, he said the longevity of the deranged killer comes from him being the “ultimate killing machine on land.”
He said: “Frankly I’ve done two and I always liked to up the ante each time and after the second one I did I don’t know what I’d have to do.
“I’d have to rip somebody’s head off to get to that next level.”
James certainly tries his best to up the ante, with some absolutely brutal murders as Michael Myers.
The film pays huge homage to the original with John Carpenter returning to produce the score, and many iconic fan favourite scenes from the 1978 original are reproduced with a twist. It even features a very brief cameo from Nick Castle, who starred as the notorious murderer originally.
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Speaking on the horror genre, Tyler said: “We all deal with a bunch of shit in our lives and it’s a way to release and realise some people have a little shittier life than us, that is getting killed by these guys.”
Alex Vincent, who rose to fame as Andy Barclay in the Child’s Play franchise aged just six, described horror as “fear without the consequence.”
He spoke of starring in films at such a young age, saying: “I knew I was in a horror movie. I had the entire script memorised when I was six to the point where if someone ad-libbed a little bit. I’d be like ‘wait, cut. That’s not the line’.
“Then they did revisions, which was devastating to me at that age.
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“(I was aware) That we had to make it look like this doll was trying to kill me. I went to the premiere and saw the whole thing, I could pretty much watch whatever I wanted after that because I was already in an R-rated film.”