In 2007, musician Rob Zombie decided to do the unthinkable. He was going to produce, write, and direct a remake of John Carpenter’s classic slasher film “Halloween”. Horror fans were in an uproar. How could he remake one of the greatest horror movies ever made? How could he turn Haddonfield into a town of white trash and disease? How DARE he give Michael Myers a back story? When the film opened on August 30, 2007, horror audiences were as ready as lynch mob to hang Zombie. The film grossed nearly $30 million opening weekend but somewhat poor word of mouth had the film top out at $57 million. So, looking back on the film four years later, is it the cinematic abortion that horror movie audiences proclaimed it to be? Not. At. All.
Rob Zombie’s Halloween is quite simply brilliant. I am one of the few horror fans out there that prefer Rob Zombieâ€™s â€œHalloweenâ€ to John Carpenterâ€™s â€œHalloweenâ€. I know, itâ€™s blasphemy and I will go down in horror hell for saying such a thing. But I personally love the back story that Zombie gave Michael and feel as though everything about the film (from the acting to the directing to use of music) is just about perfect. This is the rare remake that actually takes chances and dares its audience to actually FEEL something. For what it is worth, I’ll take this over the limp and uninspired “Friday the 13th” remake any day.
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Jerry: I like the backstory as well but the movie was unwatchable for me. It was too graphically violent – the only violent scene that worked was when the bully is beaten to death by Michael. But this movie doesn't have a hint of imagination or real suspense – everything that worked in the original. I respect some of the ideas in the remake but I think Zombie didn't follow through, resorting to the usual Halloween cliches by the end.
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