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Halloween (2007)

Written by: Rob Zombie and John Carpenter
Directed by: Rob Zombie
Starring:  Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane
Reviewed by: Matt Kenary

Well it’s October,  the witching month, Samhain, all souls day, etc, etc. So it’s time to dust off your old DVD’s of the classic series Halloween and enjoy 31 days of horror and scares. For the next month I’m going to try to tackle some of, which I consider, the most poignant outputs of this series other than the original and its sequel which most people have probably already seen and really don’t need my input right now.  I’m going to start with the Rob Zombie reboot/remake of the 1978 classic version.    After the awful “Halloween Resurrection”, the studios decided to do a reboot  and selected Zombie as the director. Now I’ve only seen his “Devil’s Rejects” and thought it was good,  odd characters and overall bloody,  so I figured that maybe it might be worth a look at.  Maybe he could breathe some new life into the series.   Halloween ’78 is on the top of my movie lists and it’s going to be hard to come close to what John Carpenter achieved all those years ago,  but if Zombie made it different enough then the best I could hope for is a new crop of movies featuring the evil Michael Myers.

I can break this movie down in 2 categories…1.) The first half serves us a sort of prequel – trying to define who Michael Myer was and how he became what he became.  And 2.)  The second half is more or less an abbreviated remake.  Little Mikey Myers lives with his white trash family in their white trash house and he seems to like to wears his mega cool rock and roll Kiss mask, he also has a tendency to slaughter little animals.   Unfortunately after a bad day, Mike decides to go on a killing spree and kills 4 people including his step father and sister.  Dr. Sam Loomis( Malcolm McDowell)  is assigned to his case and soon finds out that Mikey is pretty demented.    After Mrs. Myers commits suicide, not being able to deal with mothering such a monster, Mikey falls into silent despair and becomes obsessed with mask making.  Jump ahead 15 years and the now 6’9″ Michael Myers has escaped from the asylum and begins another murder spree,  this time going after the everyday girl Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton)  and her friends with deadly results.  Dr. Loomis is their only chance at survival if he can possibly be pulled away from his “Michael Myers” book tour.

Well,  this is a hard movie to like, though I didn’t hate it there was just something about it.  The movie starts with Michael’s back story, explaining how he became what he became, the problem is that he essentially turn the legend Michael Myers into a twerp, you know the kind of kid back in high school that nobody liked, not even the teachers.  It brought back bad emotions, emotions that I haven’t felt since I saw Jake Lloyd playing the young Darth Vader in the “Phantom Menace”.  The one thing I can give props to is the kid, when he does go psycho, he became convincing, almost scary.   The second half of the film is essentially a remake,  except the ending is longer so we can all hear Scout Taylor-Compton scream non-stop for an extra 15 minutes,  it got so bad that when the movie did end and fade to black, Rob zombie kept her screaming for an extra 20 seconds after, just to throw it in our face.  Malcolm McDowell was a good choice to replace the legendary Donald Pleasance as Sam Loomis till I saw him and realized what a horrible acting job he was doing.  Some of the dialogue he was delivering was almost laughable,  maybe we can blame a little of that on Zombie and the  script.  The kills were more bloody but uninventive and the shaky camera action got tiring.  The one good thing that came out of this was the fact that the adult Michael Myers was scary as hell.  This is not the patient, slow walking Michael that we are accustomed to,  this Michael is relentless, tearing through doors and walls like they were nothing.   Tyler Mane, being 6’9 ft tall makes for an intimidating presence and made the movie a lot more watchable than it should’ve been.  Like I said, it wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t that good either.  I give this a 1 guy out of 3.

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  • Wendell October 3, 2013, 7:13 am

    I think I’m alone, or one of a very few, on an island but I thought the “prequel” part of the movie was excellent. Once we get to the kiddie Michael Myers slaughtering his family it all worked for me. I really enjoyed it up through his escape from the hospital (Malcolm McDowell included). The “remake” portion was weak, except for the more graphic kills. I appreciate you breaking down why you feel the way you do about it. Nice job!

  • Matt Kenary October 3, 2013, 8:00 am

    Well the prequel wasn’t a bad idea but I felt it took away from the mystique that is Michael Myers. By giving Michael the traits of a normal serial killer, Zombie kinda put Michael in the category of the Jeffery Dahmers and such. Michael is suppose to be evil incarnate and not just another sick, twisted SOB. The kid going nutto was good and the adult michael was intense. Malcolm wasn’t all bad, there were some funny moments with him, but I felt there were some cringe type moments too. And I agree, I think his best moments were during the first half of the movie. Of course the sequel just ruined the Loomis character for me all together. But if you were able to overlook the small tedious issues that I had, then the more power to you

  • Brittani October 3, 2013, 12:09 pm

    My biggest issue with this movie (as with all Rob Zombie movies) is his screenplay. Every other word of dialogue in his films is either cursing or about sex. It’s too much. Otherwise, this movie wasn’t too bad. I actually really enjoy Scout Taylor-Compton. I find her quite fascinating. I didn’t see his sequel though. That looked kind of horrible.

    • Matt Kenary October 4, 2013, 5:47 am

      I like Scout Taylor Compton too and I forgot about Danielle Harris ( Jamie Lloyd from Halloween 4 and 5) playing Annie Brackett. She’s definitely not 10 years old any more.

  • Joe Sikes October 3, 2013, 6:10 pm

    Hey Matt,
    looks like just another example of an unnecessary remake. The Zombie Man needs to make more originals. I enjoyed The Devil’s Rejects.

    • Matt Kenary October 4, 2013, 5:49 am

      True, Halloween is one movie that didn’t need one. I liked Devil’s Rejects too but I didn’t see House of 1000 corpses yet.

  • Brandon Early October 3, 2013, 8:06 pm

    Zombie’s particular brand of trailer park horror would have been much better suited to a Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. It’s not hard to imagine the Firefly clan and the Sawyers living in the same zip code. He clearly has an affinity for the grittier style of 70s exploitation horror, not the slick, clean, and spooky suburban boogeyman of Halloween. Does anyone know if he’s ever expressed any interest in remaking Spider Baby? Cast Sid Haig as Bruno and you just might have something.

    Zombie seems to be a favorite genre whipping boy, but his love of the genre is sincere, and he’s a talented visual stylist. If he could manage to 1) Reign in the cameos by genre veterans (which, to his credit, it seems he did to some degree with Lords Of Salem), 2) Not feel obliged to cast his wife in a starring role in every movie, and 3) Let someone else write a screenplay for him, I genuinely believe he’s got a great movie in him.

    He’s made noises about making a Bigfoot movie, and that could quite possibly be in his wheelhouse. He’s also made noises about wanting to do the Blob. That would almost certainly be a disaster. I’ve always thought his affinity for white trash characters would make him a fine candidate to direct an alien abduction flick.

    He claims to be done with horror, though, so who knows?

    • Matt Kenary October 4, 2013, 5:53 am

      Nice, I never thought about Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He would be ideal for that. Zombie definitely has the talent. I agree with all your points, esp the screenplay one.

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