Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
2-Disc Unrated Collector's Edition
Actors: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Daeg Faerch, Sheri Moon Zombie
Director: Rob Zombie
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror
Rob Zombie (The Devil's Rejects), "modern American horror's most eccentric and surprising filmmaker," (Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times) reinvents the ultimate slasher classic, unleashing Michael Myers for a bloody roller... more »
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Alexander Stephen Brown | Vicksburg, ms United States | 12/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The original Halloween is a classic and will in my book always receive a five star rating. Recently there has been a great deal of remakes that were flops and catered to the teeny bopper crowd such as, The Fog, The Omen, Dark Water, etc. However there has been only two remakes that I thought were diserving of our attenion, one being the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, and Halloween.
What I liked about the remake was it gave us something fresh to work with. In the original Halloween we never really knew why Michael was bad, in this remake, the first thirty minutes or so expore the childhood of Michael Myers. People say that the dialog concerning Michael's family was wrong. Trust me, I have seen broken homes and Mr. Zombie gives us exactly what you would expect from a trashy family.
Besides satisfying my curiosity of Michael's childhood, I found this to be similar in many cases to the original, but at the same time the material was quite fresh with new chills and scares. Zombie took a masterpiece and reminded us why it is called a masterpiece. He accomplished a great job capturing a 70's look and theme, and did a great musical score as well. This is possibly the best horror remake that I've ever seen."
Halloween Remake...A Fresh Look...
ThatsMrGrinch2U | 11/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why everyone is bashing this film, but I am a die-hard fan of the Halloween movies and the horror genre, and I thought this movie was a nice remake to the best and original Carpenter film. It's certainly more entertaining than the crappy sequels that previously came out, and this film sets a more serious and modern harsh reality of what it could be like if this happened today. Carpenter's original film took place in 1978, so I found it to be a nice homage for Zombie to begin the origins of young Michael Myers in 1978. For the first time, we actually get to see what kind of family and childhood that Michael grew up in, which explains so much to his psychotic condition. As a child, Michael's facsination with torturing and killing innocent animals presents an accurate profile for such a future serial killer. This film actually has some explanations behind it, which is vacant in all other Halloween films. Zombie's direction is rough and gritty, but certainly adds to the atmosphere and chilling story -- my heart was pounding when young Michael was slaying his sister and her boyfriend. As for Zombie using the same cast as his other films, it's really no different than what Carpenter did either (How many Carpenter films was Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Charles Cyphers, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis, and Adrienne Barbeau were in? I can count at least 3). I've seen the original film about a thousand times, and Zombie's remake can never replace Carpenter's classic, but this film is worth the effort and respect. I'm looking forward to the Unrated DVD version, which will have a lot of scenes restored that was cut from the theatrical release."
In defense of "Halloween"
man_invisible | Dork, PA | 10/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you check history, you will find that John Carpenter's "Halloween" did not come out the gate a critics' darling or a financial success; according to late producer/cowriter Debra Hill, the initial reactions "were brutal." Ironic, then, how it has since developed a revered following (though I'm honestly not a big fan) that most people today think was always the case.
I bring this up because Rob Zombie's remake--in addition to being the shot in the arm the franchise desperately needs--will likely have the same fate; years down the road, I think it will be valued on the same level as the "Dawn of the Dead" and "Hills Have Eyes" remakes. While Zombie's film is jagged in spots, with narrative jumps (where did Loomis get the cop car? how does Michael get to Haddonfield from the middle-of-nowhere truck stop?) and plain-view continuity errors (some of which were probably inspired by the ill-advised Weinstein Bros. reshoots), the filmmaker has brought a pathos to this human monster that is more rich and fulfilling than any of the films prior (yes, I'm including the original).
What seems to offend "Halloween" purists most is the mere principle of Zombie's undertaking--how DARE he remake a CLASSIC--instead of looking at the film in the broader scope of things: would you rather see Michael Myers going head-to-head with Busta Rhymes? How about a continuation of that desperate Celtic mumbo-jumbo? Zombie's position was inarguably unglamorous, no doubt realizing as many people would embrace his film as decry it. For my tastes, he has brought an angle that fuses popular serial killer lore with the sense of tragedy that marked the classic Universal Monsters--it's a tricky feat, but by introducing us to pint-size Michael (Daeg Faerch) and spending time with him, his adult counterpart--while a ruthless machine of brutality--possesses the faint traces of humanity that marked Frankenstein's Monster, or the Wolf Man. In many ways, his ultimate downfall is as tragic as the atrocities he commits. And THAT is what ultimately transcends all in "Halloween"--putting a face and motive to what was once a mere in-the-shadows specter of "evil."
The first half of the film provides a satisfying, creatively-filmed backstory (I'm anxiously awaiting the additional scenes being restored for the upcoming DVD), wherein we get an overview of young Michael, his fatal deeds, and his time in Smith's Grove, under the watch of Dr. Sam Loomis (a well-cast Malcolm McDowell). Only in the second half does "Halloween" kick into full-blown remake mode, with gritty renderings of scenes from Carpenter's film; despite this, Zombie manages to put his own spin on traditional scares, adding a visceral edge and urgency to death. I actually appreciated the truncated characterizations of Laurie (the immensely likable Scout Taylor-Compton), Lynda (Kristina Klebe), and Annie ("Halloween 4/5" vet Danielle Harris), since their interactions in the original are what ultimately dulled it down for me; here, Zombie gives us a quick introduction (just enough time to get a feel for the characters) before getting down to business. And while the "sex=death" equation here is hardly inspired, it certainly beats the torture-device-laden-labyrinth of another "Saw" film.
Zombie treats the material with a great deal of reverence and respect, and utilizes a reality-focused style to establish a proper tone (imagine the dustbowl squalor of "The Devil's Rejects" brought to suburbia); the death scenes are filmed with unflinching brutality, yet seldom feel exaggerated. Time will tell, but to me, "Halloween" is a more than worthy addition to the pantheon of great remakes (and horror films in general)."
Another Worthless, Pointless Remake
YJM | Somewhere In The South | 05/14/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you're going to remake a classic horror movie such as Psycho, Friday the 13th, When a Stranger Calls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Amityville Horror, or Halloween you better be a masterful director, and you better have a new, unique, and interesting way of presenting the material. Unfortunately all of the Hollywood horror remakes of the past 10 or so years have failed miserably in all regards. Halloween is no different.
Rob Zombie tried to add a unique twist by delving into Michael's childhood and what might have contributed to creating the monster he became, but it's so cliched and trite as to not matter. Boy grows up with abusive step father and his mother is a stripper with a heart of gold. This abusive environment leads to a boy who kills animals for fun and then moves on to humans. Yawn... Give me a break. In the original we didn't need to know about Michael's upbringing because it's very clearly stated he was born evil. It's the whole nature vs nurture debate and Rob Zombie takes the nurture route to ill effect.
Rob Zombie also seems to have a fascination with white trash and excessive vulgarity. I don't know, maybe Zombie think dropping an F-bomb every few minutes adds authenticity to the script. Another fail!
This remake is boring, lacks suspense, does not illicit a single moment of fear, and does not have a single character you care about. The original had all of that. Add this to the long list of Hollywood horror remakes that had no business being remade and are as forgettable as a fart in the wind (and smell as bad)."