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Halloween (2007) (2007)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Rob Zombie

Starring:
Malcolm McDowell/Dr. Loomis
Daeg Faerch/Young Myers
Sheri Moon/Deborah Myers
Scout Taylor-Compton/Laurie
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PLOT-CRUNCH
Young Michael Myers has it rough; stripper mom, alcoholic step-pops and whore of a sister. His surroundings eventually take a toll on him and slaughter becomes his outlet. He’s then slapped in the loony bin but years later; adult Michael escapes his cage and makes a group of dumb-dumb-dames pay… via…you guessed it…more killing! Oh there’s also some sister thing but…WHATEVER!
THE LOWDOWN
I’m gonna get this off my knife right off the slit! I mucho enjoyed the leaked Work Print of HALLOWEEN i.e. Zombie’s initial cut before the Studio sent him on his way to re-shoot land after some lukewarm test screenings. The Work Print was more focused, economic, had less plot holes and sported a way more satisfying (if not Halloween 4-esque) ending than the final cut. With that said; here are my thoughts as to the theatrical release.

Personally, I didn’t want a Halloween remake. I mean as a horror nut you got to draw the line somewhere right? Dawn of the Dead, NOTLD, Day of the Dead, Ringu, TCM… f*ck off already and make your own films! ENOUGH! In my book this was the line and it got crossed. No matter how I felt though, it happened anyways; so I had to deal with it. So when I heard that Rob Zombie was going to be behind the Halloween remake, I had a glimmer of hope. I worship both House of a 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects and let’s face it, Rob Zombie has his own voice and he makes it heard loudly. I like that about him. I knew that at least with Zombie at the helm I wouldn't get a shot by shot remake or anything that would stick close to the original in terms of approach or tone. Was good news for me; I'm sick of watching the same damn films over and over again cause Hollywood got lazy on our asses with this pathetic remake trend.

As I was watching Zombie’s Halloween; I kept thinking Bizarro world from the DC Comics Universe. It wasn't a sequel and not really a remake either; just an alternative take on already established material. So I took it as a stand alone and didn't expect or craved Carpenter's Halloween to surface. Zombie’s Halloween started off on the right swing of the aluminum bat. It gave me compelling insight on Michael Myers’ upbringing and his twisted family environment; all communicated via an aggressive, grungy and 70s ish visual style. Granted Baby Mike’s world was mucho akin to an After School Special gone wrong; I mean anything that could go sour for the kid went down. It was heavily clichéd no doubt…but with that said…clichés are sprung from reality and I didn’t have a hard time buying into young Myers' world and his plight. This shit really happens! Consequently I was right there with little Mike, feeling his frustrations, anger and eventually, sharing in his need for slash-slash rebuttal. In my overrated opinion, the first half of Zombie’s Halloween was the best part of the film; somewhat white trash uninspired in terms of meat - yes. Honest, cleverly written, freaky (all about little Mike with The Shape mask on...brrr) and affecting…F*CK YEAH!

It’s when the film shifted to Carpenter territory that it failed me like a crack whore oblivious to what a cock (aka her paycheck) is. The flick actually managed to insult my minute intelligence fairly quickly. First it served up 3 dames that even in a cold day in hell I could never warm up to. Annoying, crude, vacuous and cackling (shitty dialogue) like chickens with broomsticks up their bungs; Laurie and her cohorts spelled only two words for me “noisy and dumb” and I couldn’t wait for them to check out. Then the film went about getting that job done in such a rushed, half cocked and plot hole laced way that I lost 3 brain cells in the process. I mean how did Mike know what is his sister looked like? Why did he feel the need to waste everybody else in the neighborhood ON HIS WAY TO HIS sister? He hid the mask/knife for 17 years why again (and cops didn't find them-great cops)? It didn’t make any f*cking sense to me. You can't always get your whore and eat her too. Here by grounding Michael to "serial killer" status, making him a "human being" as opposed to what he was in the other Halloween films; an almost supernatural entity, evil on two legs if you will, Zombie opened himself up to a couple of traps and sadly he got pinched in a couple of them.

So the second half of the movie I managed to enjoy purely as a suspense-less (hard to feel tension when you DON'T CARE about anybody) yet deliciously brutal body-count party. Layers, depth, ties to the initial "Young Mike" plot line... freaking weak! Yup, the M.O. that the first half of the film worked so hard to establish with Young Myers was spit on heftily by this DUH and "one gratuitous stalk sequence too many" second half. On the other hand; mucho stabbings, Danielle Harris' gorgeous breasts popping out to say wassup and Myers violently busting through many o walls - OH YEAH! In spades! Can't go wrong with that! Mike killed brutally and mercilessly and I appreciated that. The bonus was; when he did, I cheered cause the moron dame leads and their inane dialogue were coming to an end. THANK YOU! 

As the end credits rolled you had a conflicted Arrow on you slab. I was all for Zombie’s exploration of young Mike and what drove him to nix out peeps - no matter how basic in terms of "white trash" stereotypes it was. Actually, Zombie should've shot a full prequel if you ask me! I would've killed to see that! The second block of the film though failed me in terms of characterization, suspense and smooth narrative evolution. In closing; Rob Zombie’s Halloween had a clear and gripping vision until the halfway mark  when it threaded on the "be a remake" path and stumbled like a drunken tramp with too many dicks in her ass. See the Work print guys; this compromised version just didn't slice as deep. BOOGEY THIS!

GORE
You know what, I was taken aback by a lot of the kills, they brought lots of smiles to my face, hence I won’t ruin them here. I will say this though; the flick is not particularly graphic but its brutal and harsh as f*ck.
ACTING
Malcolm McDowell (Dr. Sam Loomis) was on for the most part. Doing his own thing, surviving bad wigs while channeling Donald Pleasance now and again. But was it me or did he throw away his performance during the bulk of the last block i.e. re-shoots? Tyler Mane (Michael Myers) nailed it! Imposing, somber while emulating the token Myers moves we all love perfectly. He was a wrecking machine! When the script wasn’t playing against him, Daeg Faerch (Young Myers) aced his role like a champ! Loved him! Sheri Moon (Deborah Myers) got to stretch on this round. Sure she played yet another hussy; but she had a heart this time and I f*cking bought it. Props! Scout Taylor-Compton (Laurie), got on my nerves and screamed well while Danielle Harris (Annie Brackett) underplayed it and let her eatable breasts gap the rest. Brad Dourif (Sheriff Brackett) can rarely do wrong in my pitiful world and here was one of them cases; he owned!
T & A
SING IT! Titties to the left - titties to the right - a butt shot dropping in - Danielle Harris' 32/34 B look aright!
DIRECTING
Rob Zombie’s keen eye was so felt for the first 45 minutes of the film or so. Grungy, plays on focus, sly freeze frames, some slow mo and an axis towards atmosphere I was so grooving to his visual take on the material. The second half though felt by the numbers to me, style was rtoned down and the approach seemed to be “whatever gets the job done and nothing more”. So the whole was uneven to me.
SOUNDTRACK
The mix of old school Carpenter shite and Zombie –esque industrial like rumblings by Tyler Bates made sure to have the flick be faithful to its forefather while bringing in its own slick edge to it all. Dug it the most!
BOTTOM LINE

HALLOWEEN slammed in a visceral first half that had Rob Zombie carved all over it -  it felt like it came from the bottom of ones dead beat heart and I so grooved to that. The second half on the other snap, although beautifully brutal and sporting a Michael Myers that didn't f*ck around when it came to the human laundry, was uninspired, rushed, plot hole laced and filled with annoying twat chicks  – it let me down. So on the whole I’m so-so on this theatrical, Studio tarnished cut – the Work Print has my respect though – its more Rob and less Dimension – in a perfect world that's the version that would’ve been released. Hey at least both cuts were better than H20 and H8… I guess some solace is to be found in that. I'm curious to see where HALOWEEN goes after this Halloween 9 or Halloween 2?

BULL'S EYE
William Forsythe, Udo Kier, Danny Trejo, Dee Wallace, Ken Foree, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Easterbrook, Clint Howard, Ezra Buzzington, Sybil Danning, Micky Dolenz, Tom Towles and Richard Lynch all have cameos.

The clown mask that little Mike wears in the film was inspired by a mask design originally considered to be the Michael Myers mask in Carpenter's original.

Looking out for the movie White Zombie playing on a TV in the film. That's the film that Rob Zombie took his band name from.

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5:13AM on 04/29/2009

Halloween: now for idiots!

Rob Zombie has zero talent as a writer and a director, this movie was a massive failure on every imaginable level. The only purpose this movie can serve is being a one second IQ test, if someone likes this movie, BAM! FUCKING IDIOT!
Rob Zombie has zero talent as a writer and a director, this movie was a massive failure on every imaginable level. The only purpose this movie can serve is being a one second IQ test, if someone likes this movie, BAM! FUCKING IDIOT!
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3:07PM on 10/26/2008
Rob Zombie probaly made this the best remake of any movie ever.. He showed his orgins in this one that he knows how to make a good movie with all the gore and naked chicks in it.. On the other hand the part about the step dad was totally horseshit... Michael Myers is just a misunderstood physcopath wanting to kill his siblings... Plus the shit about him not killing laurie that was gay! In the origanal that was his main goal so this makes no sense wat so ever! but imma giv it a ratin of 3
Rob Zombie probaly made this the best remake of any movie ever.. He showed his orgins in this one that he knows how to make a good movie with all the gore and naked chicks in it.. On the other hand the part about the step dad was totally horseshit... Michael Myers is just a misunderstood physcopath wanting to kill his siblings... Plus the shit about him not killing laurie that was gay! In the origanal that was his main goal so this makes no sense wat so ever! but imma giv it a ratin of 3
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1:53PM on 04/02/2008

REMAKE

this is a realy cool movie if i have to see it as another slasherflick. but it is a Halloween remake. this movie starts of realy cool but the mystery of part one isnt here no more, he could a normal boy in a normal family stab his sister to death?? in the remake they put michael in an insane a-hole family and thats zombie's explanation for michaels need for killing. in the original it was up to mr. pleasance to unravel the mystery of michael but for malcolm mcdowell its made muchos easier,
this is a realy cool movie if i have to see it as another slasherflick. but it is a Halloween remake. this movie starts of realy cool but the mystery of part one isnt here no more, he could a normal boy in a normal family stab his sister to death?? in the remake they put michael in an insane a-hole family and thats zombie's explanation for michaels need for killing. in the original it was up to mr. pleasance to unravel the mystery of michael but for malcolm mcdowell its made muchos easier, though he played dr. loomis real well.
in the end a cool movie but not a real remake of the original
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11:26AM on 12/19/2007

Best 'Sequel'

I caught the Unrated DVD yesterday, and I must say I quite enjoyed it. I was right along with Mikey in the first half, and certainly enjoyed the second half. I think I prefer the ending that Zombie prefers. The original ending doesn't 'do it' for me.
I caught the Unrated DVD yesterday, and I must say I quite enjoyed it. I was right along with Mikey in the first half, and certainly enjoyed the second half. I think I prefer the ending that Zombie prefers. The original ending doesn't 'do it' for me.
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4:41PM on 09/17/2007

Masterful Remake

I truly adored Zombie's take on "Halloween". It was everything i wanted and more. I love Carpenter's original to death, and, in my eyes, Zombie certainly did it justice.
Brutal, almost unbearably intense & suspenseful, & above all, SCARY.
I actually preferred the theatrical cut though. Performances are uniformly excellent throughout, particularly from Malcom McDowell & Scout Taylor-Compton.
Overall, i loved Zombie's "Halloween".
I found it to be a brilliant,
frightening, & most of all,
I truly adored Zombie's take on "Halloween". It was everything i wanted and more. I love Carpenter's original to death, and, in my eyes, Zombie certainly did it justice.
Brutal, almost unbearably intense & suspenseful, & above all, SCARY.
I actually preferred the theatrical cut though. Performances are uniformly excellent throughout, particularly from Malcom McDowell & Scout Taylor-Compton.
Overall, i loved Zombie's "Halloween".
I found it to be a brilliant,
frightening, & most of all, loving reinvention of an iconic character.
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10:03AM on 09/06/2007

Work Print Better

well just like john said i prefer the first part of this movie because if u ask me that Young Micheal is ten times more scarier then older damn self which how the hell did he grown over 7ft tall, the work print is much better it gives a better charecter development and someone doesnt die and though it was kinda cool to have all those cameo its took me out of the movie
well just like john said i prefer the first part of this movie because if u ask me that Young Micheal is ten times more scarier then older damn self which how the hell did he grown over 7ft tall, the work print is much better it gives a better charecter development and someone doesnt die and though it was kinda cool to have all those cameo its took me out of the movie
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11:02PM on 09/04/2007
Definitely cant agree which is a shame, not often to I disagree with the Arrow himself but this time I definitely do, I easily thought the 2nd half was better, when it was more akin to the Myers we all know, the HORRIBLE beginning with some of the worst dialog I've heard in years was a damn joke, I dont know how someone could think the 2nd half's dialog between those girls was bad but go ahead and praise the lack of ANY skill in writing for the first half, hell I could make a movie like this
Definitely cant agree which is a shame, not often to I disagree with the Arrow himself but this time I definitely do, I easily thought the 2nd half was better, when it was more akin to the Myers we all know, the HORRIBLE beginning with some of the worst dialog I've heard in years was a damn joke, I dont know how someone could think the 2nd half's dialog between those girls was bad but go ahead and praise the lack of ANY skill in writing for the first half, hell I could make a movie like this and write a script that is all foul language, thats all Zombie did and it was so over the top that it lost its appeal, it didnt offend anymore because you just couldnt believe it was real, if Zombie was going for you feeling extremely happy when Michael killed his family then yes it did work perfectly, if that wasnt what the movie was trying to do, it just shows me that Zombie has ZERO writing talent since everything since House of 1000 Corpses has been the same and brining Devil's Rejects into Halloween just doesnt work

This version seemed to up the Brutality quotient quite a bit and thats all it seemed to be was Brutal just to be Brutal, there was no depth to anything, anyone and Michael's background was easily the biggest cop out and laziest piece of writing I've seen in a long time
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8:40PM on 09/04/2007

Halloween--workprint or theatre

The main difference between the Halloween: Workprint and the Halloween Theatrical is Michael's conscious decisions or lack thereof.

1. In the workprint, Michael tells his mom calmly, "It's over." In the theatre version, this line is omitted, thus giving Michael the darker edge and not allowing him to be so rational.

2. In the workprint, the nurse comments on how Laurie is a cute baby and could not possibly be related to Michael. Michael then slowly takes his fork and kills her.
In the
The main difference between the Halloween: Workprint and the Halloween Theatrical is Michael's conscious decisions or lack thereof.

1. In the workprint, Michael tells his mom calmly, "It's over." In the theatre version, this line is omitted, thus giving Michael the darker edge and not allowing him to be so rational.

2. In the workprint, the nurse comments on how Laurie is a cute baby and could not possibly be related to Michael. Michael then slowly takes his fork and kills her.
In the theatre version, the nurse only makes the comment that Laurie is a cute baby, before it cuts away to Dr. Loomis and Michael's mom, and then immediately cuts back when Michael stabs the nurse, thereby showing irrationality on Michael's part.

3. In the workprint, Dr. Loomis takes Michael outdoors exclaiming that it was difficult to get a release to allow him outside and Michael keeps saying he needs to "get out of here." Michael then says, "I have nothing more to say," when Dr. Loomis says he can not do anything about helping Michael in that regard. Michael does not say a word for the rest of the film.
In the theatre version, that scene is replaced with an outdoor scene between Michael and his mom taking a stroll outside where Michael is in good spirts, then the next scene shows Michael no longer talking.
The workprint shows Michael making a conscious choice not to talk anymore.
The theatre version shows Michael as being irrational in his thoughts and actions.

4. The ending in the workprint shows Michael listening to Dr. Loomis and Laurie and setting Laurie free and dropping the knife, as if Dr. Loomis finally was able to break through to him.
The ending in the theatre version shows Michael irrationally grabbing Dr. Loomis and possibly killing him before hunting down Laurie in the house.
Again, the workprint shows Michael thinking and making a conscious decision and the theatre version shows him as a no holds barred monster.

5. In the workprint, Danny Trejo is nice to Michael in the hospital and later on retires and presumbly has a nice life.
In the theatre version, Michael kills him too, as well as most of the hospital staff. The theatre version of Michael does not care who is nice or mean to him when he breaks out, all are disposible.
The workprint version of Michael has a darkened soul.

Obviously there are many small details ommited and added to each of the versions and the perfect Rob Zombie Halloween would be a blending of them, so that both the rational and the irrational sides of Michael Myers can both end and meet.
Only in that occupied space can this film truly be deemed a masterpiece of contemporary horror.

Until then, the people who love it will love it and the others who hate it will hate it, but what this film could truly be is most intriguing (to me anyways).

Cameron Cloutier
www.bodianstfilms.com
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2:41PM on 09/04/2007
I agree with Arrow's comments about Laurie and her friends, they were annoying. Zombie's snappy dialogue works in movies like Devil's Rejects, but it has no place here. I also was bothered by the question of how Michael knew what Laurie looked like, and I'm not sure if I buy the argument that she looks just like his sister.

But I dug the second half of the movie way more than Arrow it would seem. I had a blast despite the movie's flaws, and really I could give a shit that it's a remake,
I agree with Arrow's comments about Laurie and her friends, they were annoying. Zombie's snappy dialogue works in movies like Devil's Rejects, but it has no place here. I also was bothered by the question of how Michael knew what Laurie looked like, and I'm not sure if I buy the argument that she looks just like his sister.

But I dug the second half of the movie way more than Arrow it would seem. I had a blast despite the movie's flaws, and really I could give a shit that it's a remake, it's a Halloween movie, so I just want to have fun with my favorite slasher. I would say that this is the best Halloween movie since the original. I'm curious to see the workprint version though, perhaps we'll see a director's cut on DVD. Now that this one has come out I would rate the Halloween films in order as follows:

Carpenter's Halloween
Zombie's Halloween
Halloween 4
Halloween H20
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers
Halloween 2
Halloween 5
Halloween Resurrection (pure shit)

Note that Halloween III doesn't have Michael, therefore I didn't include it. It's a different sort of movie that does its own thing.
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2:29PM on 09/04/2007

WHY?

Halloween should never have been remade. The acting sucked and I did not like the attempt at humanizing Michael Myers. Also, where was the tension in this movie???

There is only room for one Halloween and it was made in 1978, directed by John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence.
Halloween should never have been remade. The acting sucked and I did not like the attempt at humanizing Michael Myers. Also, where was the tension in this movie???

There is only room for one Halloween and it was made in 1978, directed by John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence.
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2:04PM on 09/04/2007

Utter bilge

I can't disagree with the Arrow more when he heaps praise on Daeg Faerch, I thought he was terrible. We're in his world for act1 but nothing in Zombies pokey screenplay convinced me that Daeg had been pushed to breaking point. Ronnies dialogue was over the top clumsy trailer-trash shite that's been done a thousand times, no Mother would let their kids be crapped on like that, their so called relationship was fucking laughable, totally unconvincing. Scout Taylor-Crompton made a piss-awful
I can't disagree with the Arrow more when he heaps praise on Daeg Faerch, I thought he was terrible. We're in his world for act1 but nothing in Zombies pokey screenplay convinced me that Daeg had been pushed to breaking point. Ronnies dialogue was over the top clumsy trailer-trash shite that's been done a thousand times, no Mother would let their kids be crapped on like that, their so called relationship was fucking laughable, totally unconvincing. Scout Taylor-Crompton made a piss-awful Laurie Strode, she had none of the attributes Curtis had and that includes her enormous shapely tits. The final third was an insult, summed up perfectly by the Arrow. Fuck remakes.

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1:09PM on 09/04/2007

Sucked

This movie blew.

The actors playing young Michael and Loomis just didn't do it for me. (Tyler Mane as older Michael was great though.)

I also hated the background they gave Michael. It takes away from the creepiness of his character.

My last complaint; the ending SUCKED!

Hey Arrow, I spit some bullets on the H20 review that I think you should read.
This movie blew.

The actors playing young Michael and Loomis just didn't do it for me. (Tyler Mane as older Michael was great though.)

I also hated the background they gave Michael. It takes away from the creepiness of his character.

My last complaint; the ending SUCKED!

Hey Arrow, I spit some bullets on the H20 review that I think you should read.
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12:12PM on 09/04/2007

Huh-lo-ween

Hey jaridicamuya87, love your reasoning here: "Fourthly, he didn't "kill everyone in the neighborhood." He killed Linda and Steve because they were fucking in his house. He killed Laurie's parents and Annie's boyfriend because he was looking for Laurie"
That last sentence cracked me up. Of course you kill a bunch of people when you're looking for someone...
Nice write up by the way, Arrow, keep up the good work!
Hey jaridicamuya87, love your reasoning here: "Fourthly, he didn't "kill everyone in the neighborhood." He killed Linda and Steve because they were fucking in his house. He killed Laurie's parents and Annie's boyfriend because he was looking for Laurie"
That last sentence cracked me up. Of course you kill a bunch of people when you're looking for someone...
Nice write up by the way, Arrow, keep up the good work!
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11:57AM on 09/04/2007
Come on. He knew what she looked like? She doesn't look a thing like Judith. There is absolutely no familial resemblance between Laurie and anyone else in the faimly. It amazes me that Zombie felt the need to spend time "setting up" the mask (BTW, why would he bury the mask and knife? Did he know he was coming back for another killing spree 17 years later?) but he didn't give a single thought in setting up the whole brother/sister angle? Ridiculous.
Come on. He knew what she looked like? She doesn't look a thing like Judith. There is absolutely no familial resemblance between Laurie and anyone else in the faimly. It amazes me that Zombie felt the need to spend time "setting up" the mask (BTW, why would he bury the mask and knife? Did he know he was coming back for another killing spree 17 years later?) but he didn't give a single thought in setting up the whole brother/sister angle? Ridiculous.
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11:52AM on 09/04/2007
Damn Arrow. The plot holes you listed were less gaps in logic and more gaps in your attention.

Myers knew what Laurie looked like because she looks exactly like his older sister that he offed as a child.

Second, he never wanted to kill her. He didn't try to kill her until she tried to kill him.

Thirdly, he knew where she lived because he stalked her all the way home from school.

Fourthly, he didn't "kill everyone in the neighborhood." He killed Linda and Steve because they were
Damn Arrow. The plot holes you listed were less gaps in logic and more gaps in your attention.

Myers knew what Laurie looked like because she looks exactly like his older sister that he offed as a child.

Second, he never wanted to kill her. He didn't try to kill her until she tried to kill him.

Thirdly, he knew where she lived because he stalked her all the way home from school.

Fourthly, he didn't "kill everyone in the neighborhood." He killed Linda and Steve because they were fucking in his house. He killed Laurie's parents and Annie's boyfriend because he was looking for Laurie
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11:50AM on 09/04/2007

Not directly related to Halloween, but...

Arrow, how can you go on and on about Hollywood and their lack of originality and constant remakes (which I completely agree with you), and then proclaim that you liked House of 1000 Corpses and applaud Zombie for his originality? That movie was a 99% ripoff of TCM (aside from Sid Haig's character, who was cool) and just showed me that Zombie had no originality. The Devil's Rejects was only slightly better but still nothing original or new. I might give Zombie's Halloween a rent, but I don't
Arrow, how can you go on and on about Hollywood and their lack of originality and constant remakes (which I completely agree with you), and then proclaim that you liked House of 1000 Corpses and applaud Zombie for his originality? That movie was a 99% ripoff of TCM (aside from Sid Haig's character, who was cool) and just showed me that Zombie had no originality. The Devil's Rejects was only slightly better but still nothing original or new. I might give Zombie's Halloween a rent, but I don't expect much. I'll stick with the John Carpenter original. :)
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11:05AM on 09/04/2007

terrible

terrible film. I actually thought every scene with young michael was laughable.. didn't buy the kids acting for a second, I didn't buy into the cliche environment, or the cliche "bully kid, kid gets mad and kills people"... yeah, it happens but it's not halloween to me.. it makes Michael Myers seem human, and not evil...

I also didn't buy into Malcolm McDowell, he made loomis laughable as well. Sorry, I don't like seeing a NO REASONING, cold blooded serial killer getting a sympathetic
terrible film. I actually thought every scene with young michael was laughable.. didn't buy the kids acting for a second, I didn't buy into the cliche environment, or the cliche "bully kid, kid gets mad and kills people"... yeah, it happens but it's not halloween to me.. it makes Michael Myers seem human, and not evil...

I also didn't buy into Malcolm McDowell, he made loomis laughable as well. Sorry, I don't like seeing a NO REASONING, cold blooded serial killer getting a sympathetic outlook....pissed me off and made me a lot less scared.

Michael fucking Myers saying "I wear a mask to hide my feelings." or something. hahahaha, would be funny if it wasn't true... piss on it.
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9:15AM on 09/04/2007
I am one of the fewq that enjoyed the second half more then the first.

I just could not get into that fat kid playing Micheal. His performance was OK but he just did not look the part. In fact he almost ruined the second half of th film. Because all I could picture behind Mike's mask was that fat litte bastard. I also hated that he continued to talk after the slaying of his family.

I really did not like the humanization of Micheal at the end with his sister. That mega-sucked.

I am
I am one of the fewq that enjoyed the second half more then the first.

I just could not get into that fat kid playing Micheal. His performance was OK but he just did not look the part. In fact he almost ruined the second half of th film. Because all I could picture behind Mike's mask was that fat litte bastard. I also hated that he continued to talk after the slaying of his family.

I really did not like the humanization of Micheal at the end with his sister. That mega-sucked.

I am hoping to enjoy this more with a second viewing as I will know what to expect and won't feel let down.

As for the series I would rate them like this.

Halloween
Halloween 2
Halloween H20 - Arrow you have to give this film another shot.
Zombie's Halloween
Halloween 4
Halloween 6
Halloween 5
Halloween 3



Halloween 8 - Should not even count.
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6:56AM on 09/04/2007
Rob Zombie's Halloween is a flawed but extremely enjoyable film about the life and death of Michael Myers. From start the finish the film never lets up with engaging us with Michael's psychology and personality. Michael as a child is something that no director has ever explored before, and in my book, Zombie did it extremely well. I loved the chemistry between Michael, His Mom and Dr. Loomis. The first half of the movie which set place in Michael's Childhood was probably highlight of the film
Rob Zombie's Halloween is a flawed but extremely enjoyable film about the life and death of Michael Myers. From start the finish the film never lets up with engaging us with Michael's psychology and personality. Michael as a child is something that no director has ever explored before, and in my book, Zombie did it extremely well. I loved the chemistry between Michael, His Mom and Dr. Loomis. The first half of the movie which set place in Michael's Childhood was probably highlight of the film and the most engaging because it was where Zombie's heart lied, and you could tell.

The reason Halloween is flawed mainly comes from the fact that movie attempts to combined two seperate movie ideas into one. The first movie it attempts is the origin of Michael myers leading up to the psychology of why he does what he does. The Film concludes in this section that Michael is not simply a product of his environment as much as he is a product of a child with a horrible psyche fused with a bad environment.

The second and (less engaging) film it tried to be was a semi-direct copy of the original movie, starting from Michael's escape and leading up to the finale of the film with Laurie Strode. Thankfully, while this second half is lesser than the first, it is saved by the fact that the performances from Laurie, her friends, Dr. Loomis and Michael himself are all top notch. Laurie is incredibly like-able and I was incredibly happy with how Zombie wrote her. I also like how his writing style changed between who he was writing, definitely showing the difference between Michael's home life and Laurie's.

However, what Zombie managed to accomplish was still a enjoyable and fun Halloween film. Probably the best Halloween film since the original, on par with Part 2. In the end, I'd say I'm glad that this film was given to someone like Zombie with a true vision of a movie, it's just unfortunate that he was torn between his own vision and trying to completely remake the original.
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4:21AM on 09/04/2007
im gonna go out and say it i never really enjoyed the original halloween all that much it just wasnt my cup of tea..........BUT that doesnt mean that i dont respect it and appreciate what it did for horror films and i do have every special eddition of the DVD and VHS dont ask me why. i agree with arrow on this one i loved the first half of this film but the final act i just couldnt get into at all, it felt uneven or forced. i could not STAND the new lori or her friends they all felt like they
im gonna go out and say it i never really enjoyed the original halloween all that much it just wasnt my cup of tea..........BUT that doesnt mean that i dont respect it and appreciate what it did for horror films and i do have every special eddition of the DVD and VHS dont ask me why. i agree with arrow on this one i loved the first half of this film but the final act i just couldnt get into at all, it felt uneven or forced. i could not STAND the new lori or her friends they all felt like they should be victums in a friday the 13th sequal just unintersting, annoying, and all they think about is dick or gettin laid THAT INCLUDES LORI whose supposed to be the pure innocent virgin we care about........... fuckin bullshit. i dono with the exception of the terrible charecters of act three i feel that the rest of the film was great, very well done, pure zombie i loved it.
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3:29AM on 09/04/2007

comparison

It's very hard not to watch this movie and not think of the orignal but can't you guys just take it for what it is and stop thinking "oh john carpenter did this way better" i think they have done a great job with making a good horror film. JUST ENJOY IT !!
It's very hard not to watch this movie and not think of the orignal but can't you guys just take it for what it is and stop thinking "oh john carpenter did this way better" i think they have done a great job with making a good horror film. JUST ENJOY IT !!
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1:35AM on 09/04/2007

hallowshit

This would ve been the best horror film in years except for the fact that John Carpenter did it first and better. The suspense was traded for cheap slasher glam, it lacked substance and had me hoping the end was near. The scariest part of the original was that Michael was a average size 21 year old and full of strength and evil. Zombie's portrayel Michael Myers as Goliath was weak and unoriginal. It wreaked of the Friday the 13th genre, where directors thought making Jason bigger was scarier
This would ve been the best horror film in years except for the fact that John Carpenter did it first and better. The suspense was traded for cheap slasher glam, it lacked substance and had me hoping the end was near. The scariest part of the original was that Michael was a average size 21 year old and full of strength and evil. Zombie's portrayel Michael Myers as Goliath was weak and unoriginal. It wreaked of the Friday the 13th genre, where directors thought making Jason bigger was scarier and it didnt matter because the film was shit anyway. The most intoxicating parts of the original were the glimpses of Michael at the schoolyard and in Laurie Strode's backyard, Zombie took that terror and made it comedic. I mean after all House of 100 coroses/devil rejects were great the first time around when it was called Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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1:12AM on 09/04/2007
Arrow, I don't think I've ever agreed with you more. I see all of your points and agree with them, only thing is all of the points you hated about the movie, pretty much ruined my overall experience. I was wanting a full on ode-to-the-original Halloween [link] Something that added more depth to the characters and their relationships.

Oh, and something fucking SCARY at least!
Arrow, I don't think I've ever agreed with you more. I see all of your points and agree with them, only thing is all of the points you hated about the movie, pretty much ruined my overall experience. I was wanting a full on ode-to-the-original Halloween [link] Something that added more depth to the characters and their relationships.

Oh, and something fucking SCARY at least!
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12:56AM on 09/04/2007
I totally agree with Arrow. First half was much better, and the characters stunk! I was upset that Zombie created such a mainstream slasher flick. Not impressed what-so-ever. Good to watch once...that's about it.
I totally agree with Arrow. First half was much better, and the characters stunk! I was upset that Zombie created such a mainstream slasher flick. Not impressed what-so-ever. Good to watch once...that's about it.
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12:55AM on 09/04/2007

Halloween_ the perfect cut of the remake

I think the best version of this film would be a combination of the workprint and the theatrical versions.
I would leave the first hour of the workprint intact, with the cool opening titles, and the "Monster Mash" song and the only thing I would add from the theatrical version would be where Loomis goes over with Michael what the colors of black and white signify.
The second half of the workprint is too disjointed, or badly acted (between Loomis and the Sherriff) or the newly filmed "breakout
I think the best version of this film would be a combination of the workprint and the theatrical versions.
I would leave the first hour of the workprint intact, with the cool opening titles, and the "Monster Mash" song and the only thing I would add from the theatrical version would be where Loomis goes over with Michael what the colors of black and white signify.
The second half of the workprint is too disjointed, or badly acted (between Loomis and the Sherriff) or the newly filmed "breakout scene," just seemed out of place, so I would go with the theatrical for most of the second half. However, there are many great shots or lines that were snipped from the workprint, so one would have to reinsert those but the pacing is better in the theatrical second half.
However, the original ending from the workprint would have to be used because thematically it makes more sense to what the film Zombie made was striving for.
The new ending in the theatre is not terrible. It is well filmed and executed but it is more of a crowd pleaser rather than a natural extension of the themes Zombie was exploring in his script.
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12:55AM on 09/04/2007

Hah!

This was pure crap. This was possibly the least scary Michael Myers yet. Sad. Boring, pointless and oh so sad.
This was pure crap. This was possibly the least scary Michael Myers yet. Sad. Boring, pointless and oh so sad.
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12:29AM on 09/04/2007
i liked the 2nd half better then the 1st.but after seeing the workiprint i say that was the better version but i did like the end to this.girl can scream
i liked the 2nd half better then the 1st.but after seeing the workiprint i say that was the better version but i did like the end to this.girl can scream
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12:12AM on 09/04/2007

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How can u seriosly give this movie only 2 and a half ur sooooo wrong man this movie was fantastic in all aspects i loved it it was better than i first thought it would be this movie i think is so far the best horror movie of 2007 rock on rob zombie u havnt had a miss yet keep them coming
How can u seriosly give this movie only 2 and a half ur sooooo wrong man this movie was fantastic in all aspects i loved it it was better than i first thought it would be this movie i think is so far the best horror movie of 2007 rock on rob zombie u havnt had a miss yet keep them coming
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