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Remake of the slasher classic movie directed by Rob Zombie

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Zombie's Halloween night isn't a bad one, but too brutal and sadistic to truly enjoy.

  • Jul 16, 2011
** out of ****

I love John Carpenter's "Halloween". I watch it every year, on that titular holiday, and pretty much anytime else throughout those 365 days. Carpenter's film is the work of a visionary artist; frightening, suspenseful, and entertaining. It has one of the best soundtracks to ANY horror movie, one of the better horror villains out there, and some of the best directing I've seen in any horror film, and I've seen a lot.

So when I hear that one of my favorite horror films has been remade several years back by singer/song-writer/all-around musician Rob Zombie, I'm not particularly thrilled. I mean, I don't mind Rob Zombie; in fact, I loved "The Devil's Rejects", but even a man so talented as him could not improve or expand the film that Carpenter made. But it was made anyways, and I must confess...it was made well. But not well enough.

I generally like to admit that a film is well-made when it features first-rate direction, and this one does. But consider the fact that it also features a third-rate plot, and only second-rate ambition. I guess I respect Zombie's wish to tell his own story of that doomed, hopeless night of bloody rage, but even he should have known that it was too good of a film already to remake. But then again, Zombie believes that his film is a re-imagining of the story, and respectively, it is.

Unlike the original, this "Halloween" begins with a prolonged introduction to its villain, Michael Myers, at the young age of ten. In the original film, we saw him walk around his house, in his little clown mask, and finally make it to his sister's room; where he brutally stabs her to death. This happens in Zombie's film too; but only at the end of Myers' first bloody night.

After the brutal slaying of his abusive father and his snobby sister, Michael is sent to a mental hospital, and he stays there for fifteen years; making Paper Mache masks in his spare time, or in all of his time, more-like. Michael (played as an adult by Tyler Mane) has been under the care of Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) for as long as he's been in the ward, and over time, the good man has thought of the bad man as a devil on earth; perhaps even THE devil. Big thoughts, but reasonable ones, especially when regarding a big, silent, hulking being such as elder Michael.

One night, Michael escapes. This attracts the attention of Loomis, who knows very well that Michael will be returning to his home to have a blood night once again. Now, if you see the movie, then you'll notice that aside from his mother (Sheri Moon Zombie) and his father (William Forsythe), Michael also had a baby brother who he calls "Boo". Michael cared for the child when he still had a hint of humanity left in him, but I'm sure if he ever got his hands on the kid, all-grown-up, he'd strangle the bitch.

And this is precisely where the rest of the plot comes in; "Boo" has grown up to become the woman we all once knew as Laurie, who was played by Jamie Lee Curtis in the original film.

Rob Zombie is a fine director, and I imagine he had fun playing with the possibilities for the story here. But...it's not a good movie. However, as far as remakes go, I would certainly defend it. I have seen worse remakes, but this one isn't much different from the rest; and it misses many of the points of the original. John Carpenter's "Halloween" relied on suspense rather than blood. Rob Zombie's "Halloween", on the other hand, is a bloody mess. And the violence is nearly sickening, especially towards the beginning of the movie; where Michael first unleashes his rage onto school bullies and the like. So, "Halloween", Rob Zombie's version, is not the work of an artist, but simply the work of a talented filmmaker with too many big ideas in his thick skull. This film contains some very fine direction and awesome camerawork, but it's very, very difficult to enjoy a movie when you're spending almost the entire time hoping the director won't pull off another scene equally as violent and sadistic as the last. That's not how I felt while watching Carpenter's film; so why should I feel that way when I'm watching the remake?

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review by . December 30, 2009
I'm a major fan of the original and I saw this one with medium hopes that Rob Zombie would give me soemthing worth seeing, but my first instinct about this movie sucking eggs was right. It was a bloody mess.            Halloween(or as I like to call it Suckloween.) was a disgrace to the franchise that practical invented the slasher genre. It was too dumb and far too bloody and messy to even try and comprehend the story of the psychotic Michael Myers( no not …
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Written, produced and directed by Rob Zombie, Halloween is the 2007 remake of the 1978 slasher classic of the same name by John Carpenter. It mainly takes place on a Halloween day and night at the otherwise casual Illinois town, Haddonfield. Starring, Malcolm McDowell (Dr. Sam Loomis), Scout Taylor-Compton (Laurie Strode) and Daeg Faerch (as young Michael Myers), the movie grossed 78.5 million dollars worldwide.
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