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07.13.2007by: Eric Walkuski

Reviews are beginning to trickle in for Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN. Apparently within the last few days there was a screening in Chatsworth, CA and a couple of people are giving their two cents.

*Very minor spoilers ahead *

Over at AintitCoolNews, a mixed review says:

The film is very erratic in it's pacing. Where the best moments are the quiet, character-developing scenes between Michael and Dr. Loomis or Michael and Ismael Cruz(Danny Trejo), which add pathos to Michael and are actually kind of sad, the scenes involving Michael's family are over the top and continue to explore Zombie's fascination with "Redneckdom".

... the casting of the leads is great (Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Scout Taylor-Compton, etc.), however, the film is cameo HEAVY! Beyond Zombie's usual suspects, he has cast so many horror/sci-fi icons and just film personalities, that it takes you out of the story each time one pops up.

...the violence is brutal and unrelenting. Michael is in no way subtle in his killing. I'm a grown man, and even I was getting overwhelmed by the carnage. (To read the whole thing, click HERE)

Interestingly, another review we were sent was from the webmaster at HalloweenSeries.com - obviously a loyal fan of Mr. Myers. Unfortunately, “Chad. K.” did not dig on this film. A few comments:

Tyler Mane did a good job as adult Michael, but the way he killed just seemed too much like Jason and Leatherface. What I love about John Carpenter's Michael Myers is that he is portrayed as the shape, described not as a man but as a force of evil, where as Zombie's Michael Myers is just some crazy guy in a white mask.

The second half of the film felt WAY too rushed. We hardly develop any relationship with any of the characters besides Michael, which made the film have almost no suspense, because why should I be scared for a character when I hardly got to even know her at all in the movie?

One of the main things I disliked about the second half was the way it was filmed. I got a headache from watching it because it seemed like someone was kicking the camera around as they filmed it. Everything was WAY too shaky, at some parts you can't even tell what's going on. I kept hoping the film would improve towards the end, but it only kept getting worse and worse. (To read the rest of it, click HERE)

Look folks, I’m only the messenger, and these are only two reviews I’ve found today - so if there are some positive ones, or better yet, if you yourself have seen it - feel free to holler at us. You know the bit about opinions being like buttholes, right?

Speaking for myself, when I read the early draft of the screenplay, I too was put off by Michael’s “redneck” household: thought it defeated the purpose of Michael being pure evil and gave him the background of every lowlife killer we’ve ever heard of. And indeed, the second half read like a sped-up version of the entire original. Everyone has poo-pooed that draft (including Zombie himself) but the more I hear about the flick, the more it seems like it has stuck pretty close to that script.

I guess we won’t know for sure until we’ve all seen HALLOWEEN when it opens August 31.

Source: AICNHalloweenSeries

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6:52PM on 07/16/2007
Hmmm. Acutally, all the advance reviews I've read have been very positive. here's one:
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Personally, I cant wait for this movie. Everything i hear sounds amazing & the trailer was terrific.
Rob Zombie can do no wrong in my eyes & "The Devil's Rejects" is my fav horror movie, so i cant wait to see what he does with this. He'll defintely give the franchise some life after that piece of crap called "Resurrection."
Hmmm. Acutally, all the advance reviews I've read have been very positive. here's one:
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Personally, I cant wait for this movie. Everything i hear sounds amazing & the trailer was terrific.
Rob Zombie can do no wrong in my eyes & "The Devil's Rejects" is my fav horror movie, so i cant wait to see what he does with this. He'll defintely give the franchise some life after that piece of crap called "Resurrection."
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1:06PM on 07/15/2007
Not trying to sound like a hater, but after reading the two negative reviews and the two positive, I'm more inclined to trust the negative ones, just because the complaints seem reasoned and thought out, whereas the positive just seem too gushy. Like, the only positive criticism I've taken from any of the positive reviews is that Scout Taylor-Compton is really good as Laurie Strode. Well, that's all well and good, but that's one actor in 1/3 of the movie...

Ahh, who am I kidding, I'll be
Not trying to sound like a hater, but after reading the two negative reviews and the two positive, I'm more inclined to trust the negative ones, just because the complaints seem reasoned and thought out, whereas the positive just seem too gushy. Like, the only positive criticism I've taken from any of the positive reviews is that Scout Taylor-Compton is really good as Laurie Strode. Well, that's all well and good, but that's one actor in 1/3 of the movie...

Ahh, who am I kidding, I'll be first in line, but my expectations are really low.
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11:52AM on 07/15/2007

Good Review

In fairness, a bloke named Steven sent me a few GOOD reviews. here are the links: [link] ------

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In fairness, a bloke named Steven sent me a few GOOD reviews. here are the links: [link] ------

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8:20PM on 07/14/2007
There's nothing wrong with a Jason or Leatherface character. But Michael Meyers stands apart from them. They were always over the top, and make good popcorn flicks. Zombie does popcorn well. From the looks of it, he doesn't do well with other things.
There's nothing wrong with a Jason or Leatherface character. But Michael Meyers stands apart from them. They were always over the top, and make good popcorn flicks. Zombie does popcorn well. From the looks of it, he doesn't do well with other things.
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6:28PM on 07/14/2007

Fuck

GGGrrrr why did he have to go ahead and use shakycam? If I can't see what the hell is going on during the movie what's the point in going to see it. I'll pass on this remake.
GGGrrrr why did he have to go ahead and use shakycam? If I can't see what the hell is going on during the movie what's the point in going to see it. I'll pass on this remake.
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10:47AM on 07/14/2007
These are the reviews I was expecting.
I had a feeling Zombies take on Myers would lean towards the ridiculous Jason Vorhees character.

Suspense has been replaced with extreme blood letting by the sounds of it, exactly what Halloween isn't about.


These are the reviews I was expecting.
I had a feeling Zombies take on Myers would lean towards the ridiculous Jason Vorhees character.

Suspense has been replaced with extreme blood letting by the sounds of it, exactly what Halloween isn't about.


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2:13AM on 07/14/2007
So many people seem to be stoked about Zombie getting his hands on this but I am not at all pleased. Halloween is not the kind of horror Zombie is expected to deliver (for some reason, I think his style more fitting for the Texas Chainsaw remakes) and the fact that he is releasing it as a reimagined variation only irks me even more. Yes, Halloween is old and the gore and scares are a little dated, but it is a horror film that still stands well on its own and I feel it doesn't need to be
So many people seem to be stoked about Zombie getting his hands on this but I am not at all pleased. Halloween is not the kind of horror Zombie is expected to deliver (for some reason, I think his style more fitting for the Texas Chainsaw remakes) and the fact that he is releasing it as a reimagined variation only irks me even more. Yes, Halloween is old and the gore and scares are a little dated, but it is a horror film that still stands well on its own and I feel it doesn't need to be updated. I may check out the film if it gets some better reviews, but as of now I plan to stay far away and stick with my DVD Halloween collection instead.
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