|Halloween - Unrated Director's Cut (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Studio: Genius Products Inc Release Date: 05/13/2008 Run time: 121 minutes Rating: Ur
More of a supercharged revamp than a remake, Rob Zombie's take on John Carpenter's Halloween expands the back story of masked killer Michael Myers in an attempt to examine the motivation for his first deadly attack, as well as some reasons for his longevity as a horror icon. Zombie's Myers is a blank-eyed teen (played by Daeg Faerch) whose burgeoning mental problems are left unchecked in a horrific home environment; harassed by schoolmates, a randy sister, and his mother's deadbeat boyfriend (William Forsythe, terrific as usual), Myers' homicidal explosion seems inevitable, and intervention by Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell, who offers a fast-talking, hippiefied version of the Donald Pleasance character) does little to impede his development into a mute, unstoppable killing machine (Tyler Mane) bent on finishing off the only survivor of his family's massacre--his sister, now grown into teenaged Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). Opening up the psychological motivation of a cipher like Michael Myers is an interesting approach, but Zombie's script possesses neither a depth of character nor dialogue to offer more than a clich¨¦d thumbnail character sketch, and devoting over a hour of the unrated cut's 120-minute-plus running time to this history feels bloated and self-indulgent (especially when compared to the lean efficiency of the Carpenter original). Zombie's Halloween isn't terribly suspenseful, either; he has a keen eye for visuals and the details of chaotic environments, but his scares are nothing more than brutal showcases for his special effects team. The end result barely surpasses the original film's numerous sequels, though the Who's Who of cult and character actors in the cast (including Zombie regulars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Ken Foree, as well as Brad Dourif, Udo Kier, Clint Howard, Richard Lynch, Danny Trejo, Dee Wallace, and Danielle Harris) adds a touch of late-night monster movie charm. However, the film's best performance belongs to the director's spouse, Sheri Moon Zombie, who brings unexpected pathos to the role of Myers' downtrodden mother.
The two-disc Unrated Director's Cut offers a full disc's worth of extras that should please Zombie fans; chief among the supplemental features is his commentary, which details the film's shooting history and the numerous edits required to deliver the theatrical version. A making-of featurette offers further details of Zombie's vision for the film, and there are featurettes on his cast choices and the many masks that Myers makes while incarcerated. Seventeen deleted scenes (two of which feature Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Towles) and an alternate ending (all with Zombie's commentary) are also provided, as well as footage from the casting sessions. A blooper reel, which is highlighted by unchecked mischief by McDowell and Dourif, offers the set's sole moment of levity. -- Paul Gaita
- On Rob Zombie, Michael Meyers, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Danielle Harris
In order to make this a more brief and positive review, I will disregard the entire first half of the film. Rob Zombie should have kept Michael's personality and motives more of a mystery, because I think this aspect of John Carpenter's "Halloween" is what has helped to make it a timeless genre masterpiece.
That said, I believe that the last hour of the film is quite faithful to the original film, and even takes it to highs that John Carpenter, Debra Hill, and Jamie Lee Curtis would never have imagined.
The actor playing adult Michael in this film is much larger than Nick Castle was in 1978's "Halloween", and this immediately makes him more frightening. The pace of the last hour is swift and flawless, and Zombie wisely pays homage to many scenes and set-pieces of the original movie. The Doyle house is particularly cinematic and creepy, even more so than the Meyer's house. There are odes to the original, which Zombie was wise to include, and Carpenter's original score is used generously and respectfully.
Malcolm McDowell is a good doctor Loomis, very different from Donald Pleasence's performance, and necessarily so. Scout Taylor-Compton is a terrific Laurie Strode, in the final scenes especially, but she squints too much, and it was like watching a performance from one of those apple-face dolls. The real revelation of this film is Danielle Harris. She wipes away her Jamie Lloyd persona (her character from "Halloween" 4&5) completely, and emerges as a new form of scream queen. Her Annie Brackett is more believable than the other actresses' performances, and Annie's anguished attempts to warn Laurie out of the Wallace house were the most blood-curdling screams I've ever heard in a movie. I don't know where Danielle Harris got those unearthly cries, but they are anguished and unforgettable. I believe that this is the best acting that she's done.
There's also a particularly great bonus feature on the second disc - Adrienne Barbeau's deleted scene! She looks incredible, quite like she did in "The Fog", and her scene just crackles with tension. Too bad it didn't make it into the final cuts of Rob Zombie's "Halloween". ...more info
- A MASTERPIECE!
I saw the original Halloween in theaters and loved it. Have seen it many times since, and Carpenter's version is great. Just about all the sequels blew one way or the other, changing Michael Myers from a lunatic into an unstoppable juggernaut. Bullets can't stop him! Fire can't stop him! Decapitation can't stop him! Who cares anymore?! This began a whole trainload of bat guano mascarading as horror/splatter flicks like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elmstreet, ad naseum, with monsters that can't be killed and teenagers who can, and are, no matter how clever they are. The fanboy geeks love it because their sophistication level isn't exactly stellar, let's face it.
This is why Rob Zombie made House of 1,000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects - to bring the horror back into horror films. The creepiness level and humor that made the early genre so great is missing during later entrees - and even more so in the whole alleged "re-invention" with crapola like Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Saw, Hostel....
Zombie's Halloween is a slightly different film than Carpenters, almost as if you are seeing the same story from another perspective. And it's brilliant. The first half (the part many horror nerds gripe about because they can't stand characterization and just want to see gore and blood and some dumb creep in a halloween mask killing people as fast as he can - "what's the body count, dude?") is riveting and far more interesting than the 2nd half, which plays out like the original movie. But even that part is great. This movie has got to be one of the best "slasher flicks" of all time. I can't wait to see what Rob comes up with next. ...more info
Is it just me? Am I the only one sick of re-releases. Why even bother buying it when it comes out if they are going to release a better version ten times over in the coming years?
- 4/5ths of the way there
If Rob could have made the beginning (the white trash segment) have a darker feel (or less of a white trash feel) like the rest of the movie...I would give it 5 stars. I did love the violence and the blood though!...more info
- Waaaay Better Than Some of the Other Movies In This Series
This remake of Halloween is one of the best movies in the series. I loved how it gives a very in-depth look into the childhood of Michael Myers and showed the abuse he suffered from his step father and his parents weren't Leave It To Beaver parents like they are portrayed on the original movie. I don't know what there is not to like about this movie. When I watched this movie in theaters, I literally had to check my pulse I was jumping so much. Rob Zombie had a big mountain to climb and he has achieved its height.
I thought McDowell was fantastic as Dr. L and was a worthy successor to DP who played the character originally. I also enjoyed all of the cameos of other horror movie icons. Dee Wallace who played Laurie Strode's step mother was on the awesome werewolf movie the Howling and of course Chucky himself, Brad Dourif. ...more info
- A different perspective on the same story
Like many others have already said, this is a different perspective on the same story. I am a huge fan of Halloween, but was open to seeing how it can be retold. One aspect of this version I thoroughly enjoyed was the exploration of Michael's childhood. This was a point of controversy, as it humanizes and in a sense psychologically tries to explain Michael as a character. I felt it really was more social commentary since I don't think it was about explaining who he is, as much as a commentary on how we try to rationalize these kinds of behaviors as a society.
Again, this movie is very different, and everyone should at least take comfort that even if you don't like it, the original will always be there. I felt this was a fantastic re-telling or as it is called "re-imagining". Besides, I really felt this movie was a lot better than a lot of the follow up sequels that came after the original Halloween and Halloween 2. ...more info
- Expected less, got so much more.
I had no intention of watching this film. It happened to come on showtime and I Tivo'd it, just in case. The film was new enough to be intriguing, pulling you into original story elements that were latter meshed with my familiarity of the classic. I had heard of the "white trash" origin that was given to Michael in this film, and I had thought I was going to despise that element. However, it ground Michael into a reality, a harsh, gritty, completely possible reality, that made the film even more creepy. I am so used to remakes that are completely disappointing, this one was indeed worth the effort....more info
- Decent If Not Special
While I was watching Rob Zombie's new "Halloween," I was truly amazed by two things: its length and violence. Having seen his films "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects," I knew what I was going to see in this revamped version, but I never expected he would spend so much time (more than 30 minutes) to show Michael Myers as a 10-year-old bullied boy (played by Daeg Faerch, who is certainly convincing).
I will not write here the details of his family; I only say it is not very pleasant to see, but maybe that is the point. Maybe Rob Zombie is just trying to give Michael a social background, something few people care. I am afraid it only deprives this horror icon of its superhuman presence. Tyler Mane did a very good job as grown-up Michael Myers, but the long introductory part that tried to (sort of) explain him has made the new "Halloween" just another serial killer movie.
And this film is very gory. It also has nudities (more than once). Not that I am complaining. Screaming Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) is again chased by Michael Myers, and to his credit Rob Zombie has made each sequence competently, but that is all. What is shown here looks clich¨¦d, familiar to those who have seen other slasher films, except the unique cast including William Forsythe, Danny Trejo, Bill Moseley, Brad Dourif, Richard Lynch, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig and Sybil Danning. Blink your eyes and you will miss Udo Kier and Clint Howard. (And ex-Monkees Micky Dolenz? Where was he?)
I have watched the original "Halloween" long time ago, but I still remember some of the film's scenes were really creepy. But they were not about Michael Myers as killing machine murdering his victims; they were about Michael Myers just standing in the street as if he is something supernatural coming from another world. From the strictly technical viewpoint, Rob Zombie's re-imagined version is decent. It is only that John Carpenter's vision is replaced by Zombie's relentless descriptions of violence, which was seen in his previous films. It was about time to move on.
I bought this for my brother last Christmas. I personally didnt like it. In one scene a girl gets raped so if that kind of thing bothers you this may not be for you. That kind of thing in a movie turns me right off. I think the original was better....more info
- The boogeyman is coming to blu-ray.........
Now Im going to do something a little different, Halloween in 1978 is a good movie it goes from there to being a classic, once it is a classic it has been written in history John Carpenters Halloween can't be replaced now. In 2007 Halloween was remade, with this remake it stands on it own.(a different movie if you will) Its is not exactly like the 1978 verison thats how it is suppose to be, not an exact version, a copy of the original. you take the story and add your own details to it and thats what made this movie good. Now if Rob Zombie's version was exactly like John Carpenters Halloween shot for shot then it would be the same movie, only it has been modernized. Last year Halloween 07 was released on dvd and this year on october 21 its on blu-ray, all the features will return deleted scenes, bloopers, documentarys, an alternate ending. A new feature is added the 4 and a half hour documentary of the making. So Halloween 2007 will be polished with 1080p on blu-ray and you can put it next to your original Halloween blu-ray, so check out Halloween and witness a legend in horror....... after that This Friday see SAW V..... YOU WONT BELIEVE HOW IT ENDS.......more info
First off I wish to say that I enjoyed Rob Zombie's other two films and that this review will contain spoilers for anyone who has not seen the other films in the HALLOWEEN series.
When I first heard about this movie I was extordinarly excited. I'm a HUGE fan of the HALLOWEEN series. I own all the movies ((except this one)) I even own Halloween 3 *which in case you didn't know, has NOTHING to do with Micheal*. So I started watching the movie and felt like i was going to scream, in a bad way. Here are a list of things Mr. Zombie did so horribly wrong.
1. Micheal killed ONLY his sister first
2. His parents were very normal loving people
3. Mr. Zombie tried to give Micheal a reason when HALLOWEEN 6 already did that
4. Is it just me or did this feel like and excuss for a little T & A
5. WAY to violent, yeah I know its horror, but the original one isnt like that
6.What is up with the "lumbering bohemeth" Micheal, I'm sorry but I'm more afraid of the little man that is strong enough to stick me three feet off the floor into a door with a kitchen knife
7. When did Mr. Zombie think it was a good idea to make Laurie a complete B***H!
8.((more something im disappointed in))Danielle Harris, love her as Jamie in HALLOWEEN 4 & 5, but as Annie...WTH?! It's like her acting ability just vanished.
9. Dr. Loomis...Okay I love Mr. McDowell and I actually liked him as Loomis, but Loomis is not that brave at first, he is actually afraid of Micheal in a way.
10. The ending, wow...it was just as much of a let down as the rest of the movie if not MORE.
okay there's my list, I'm sure there are a few things I forgot, but I think you get the point. I would also like to add that I do enjoy a GOOD remake (e.x. When A Stranger Calls) when they don't mess with the formula of the original to much. Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN not only didnt follow the formula but almost destroyed a true classic. I would suggest to any teenagers ((or anyone really)) reading this ((im 24 fyi)) to watch the ENTIRE series and don't even bother with this. John Carpenter's version ALL THE WAY!!...more info
Way better than the original Halloween.
This version completes the story, explain why many stuff are there and on that way. I liked it very much. Instead, the original 1978 version lacks something....more info
I have to say, I'm pretty forgiving when it comes to films, especially horror films. I cannot say that I've ever sat through a film that literally made my head want to explode from severe pain. This is until I sat through Rob Zombie's Halloween.
I swear, I wanted to shut it off after the first ten minutes. What made me watch it all the way through.. I don't know. Chalk it up to too much curiosity, I guess. It was mind numbing! The dialog.. The acting.. The story.. I was shaking my head in disbelief. I couldn't believe how bad this movie was. Like some surreal nightmare. The worst pile of garbage ever to hit celluloid.
And this is coming from a big fan of Rob Zombie. I practically considered him my creative idol for a while. Man, what the hell was I thinking?! Mr. Zombie claimed he wanted to bring back Michael Myers to true form and make him terrifying again. He did the EXACT opposite. He made Michael into a JOKE! A walking, talking cliche. Laughable. Not scary or even remotely terrifying. Just one big joke!
And this all for a three picture deal. That was Zombie's only reason for remaking Halloween. To further his film making career, which should be laid to rest. I've lost so much respect for Rob, it's not even funny. As far as I'm concerned, he spit in John Carpenter's face with this failed attempt of a remake.
Bottom line.. You have to be completely brain dead to enjoy this movie. I'm sorry for be insulting but I can't for the life of me imagine how anyone could've possibly enjoyed this movie. It is utter trash. From beginning to end if you can make it that far without your brain completely shutting down.
Worst film ever made. PERIOD! Negative 5 stars.
- Rob Robbed The Classic
I have been wanting to slam this movie for some time and now that I have nothing better to do with my time here goes,
I respect Rob Zombie as a musician I love his work when he was with White Zombie, to this day it's one of my favorite bands. To me it seems you should stick with what you are good at if you were blessed with a talent of some sorts you should by all means try to hold on to that talent and make it grow. Rob Zombie is a great musician he should have known better than to dabble in other arts there was one instance where he was lucky however and that was the devils rejects for a fan of a good gory shoot em up movie that was good but, that was all just good. There was no need to remake this movie there was nothing wrong with the original. There was no reason to explain the killer and why he did what he did throughout the entire franchise it was already explained that he was pure evil. The original showed that Michael Myers grew up in a loving family that's what helped make the story good because nobody understood how a good family raised a killer child plain and simple. This movie ruined the credibility that the story once had. As a writer and a reviewer I must look at all sides of the movie and judge it fairly there were some parts I liked about it, the story actually made sense it seemed logical for Michael Myers to turn out a killer after his childhood was stolen from him, but there is a problem with that considering there has been a franchise of Halloween for a long time the classics never die until remakes like this come out it's about as bad as casting a rapper to be an actor (Halloween resurrection) I guess it's almost fair to say the franchise died when Busta Rhymes appeared in that movie the only good part was when he was stabbed, I am trailing off here so I guess I said what needed to be said about this movie, Rob stick with the music don't kill your career just yet. ...more info
- Horrible pointless
There is no reason this movie was remade other than money. It is horrible and pointless just as the many sequels were. What makes me the most sad is that some kid in the next 10 years will read a review of how Halloween is on the list of best horror movies ever made and will pick up this garbage instead of the original. Art is dying this is proof....more info
- "All the slashers from the 70's and 80's have returned with messed up childhoods"--David J. Schow
THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE 3-DISC UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT ONLY!
I'm a little late on this one. I saw it with everyone else two years ago, and saw the unrated cut about a year ago. I didn't loathe the film as much as the fanboy purists, but I also didn't love the film as much as the new fanboys who seem to like anything that was made within the last ten years. To me this film is half original brilliance and half uninspired mediocrity. Hence, the three star rating. But the actual three disc set gets a five star rating, but I'll get to that in a minute.
First off, the unrated director's cut is miles ahead and better then the cut shown theatrically. We get more character beats, especially with Dr. Loomis and Michael's break-out scene is done more realistically. Zombie spends so much time making Michael a real human being in this film that it always boggled my mind how he escaped like Superman in the theatrical cut. The director's cut not only uses incidents torn from the past's headlines, it seems more in step with the new tone and mythology of Zombie's Michael Myers. We also get more time spent in the asylum with young Michael. It's really well written and directed stuff that helps further drive Zombie's main thesis regarding Michael home, and it's truly creepy and unsettling. For horro movie nerds we get a couple more detailed horror icon cameos in the form of Courtney Gains(Children of the Corn) and Udo Kier(Andy Warhol's Dracula, Modern Vampires) and Clint Howard(c'mon, you know this guy!). Though, we lose the theatrical cut's cameos by Devil's Rejects allumni, my persoal favorite being Bill Mosley('Dog will hunt!)
The problems with this remake vary. Firstly, the opening breakfast scene is so over the top and silly that it's just annoying. Obviously, Zombie had a loaded script and had to make a short cut in setting up this dysfunctional family, but it's not very believable or well done. More importantly, Zombie takes some of the mythos and general mystery away from the Michael character by letting us get to know him and see that he was a regular kid with problems, major mental problems. Unlike Carpenter's original where Michael was the personification of the unknown and faceless evil, Zombie just makes Michael your average American psycho. It's interesting and unexpected but it is one of the factors that help in making the second half of the film not work. I do appreciate the asylum scenes and I really like the relationship between young Michael and Loomis, played beautifully and tragically by Malcolm Mcdowell, leaving behind the kooky obsession of Donald Pleasance's Loomis. The movie tries hard to make the viewer understand Michael and feel connected to him while being repulsed by what he is. It's only half successful, and only in the first hour.
After about forty-five minutes the film switches into a total remake of the Carpenter film proper. Unfortunately, the film is so top heavy that we never really get to know or care about Michael's future victims including Laurie Strode, and this is big gripe for me. Not being able to care about the characters or even differentiate them from one another is death to a horror film. Many slasher films from the mid to late 80's made the same mistake and just became exorcises in gore special effects. Kudos to Zombie for holding back on the gore though. Sure, this movie is way gorier then the original but it's not that gorey in general. The violence is more implied with body twitches, murky lighting, sound effects and unsettling music stings by the great composer Tyler Bates. So, all the folks who saw this film and claimed it to be more violent then it is, are just giving Zombie the ultimate compliment as a director. Hitchcock achieved the same thing with his shower scene in Psycho, though this film is also more violent then that film for sure. Different times and different strokes I guess.
While all the remake additions are interesting on their own right, the rushed and by the numbers remake section, the section with the real terror from the original, is slighted and less then desirable. The finale is a great roller coaster ride, and I for one LOVE the final shot. It was unexpected and leaves the audience unnerved for the future of the main character. I don't think the film is a complete failure or terrible, but rather an underachiever with moments of originality and brilliance. I would prefer Zombie to stick to original material then to remake ANYTHING. I hold his Devil's Rejects in very high regard. Maybe this summer's sequel Halloween 2, Zombie will perfect his original vision and not be shackled by following the original film's storyline. Though, from the trailers I saw, Zombie's Halloween 2 seems to be set in a hospital. NATCH.
The three disc set is AWESOME! If you loved this remake it's a no-brainer, but the third disc is worth a look even if you didn't. Hell, if you're an aspiring filmmaker at all the third 4-hour making of disc is a must see. Zombie does, like Peter Jackson, his own bonus materials for his films and chronicles the whole production. This doc really shows the filmmaking process in it's entirety like none other I've seen in a long while. One really gets an inside look at how these things are done, and not the usual B.S. EPK material most DVDs come with that end up really being a commercial for the film that has the actors saying empty things like, "Yeah, it was a really fun shoot. Everyone's great." You really get to see what a director's ultimate role in a film is, from every level. There's a great bit involving the location scouting that shows Zombie making the tiniest of alterations to a set. An alteration the viewer wouldn't think twice about but is on the director's mind at all times. The second disc is the same as the previous releases as is the commentary. A really good commentary that doesn't repeat too much of the info found on either bonus disc. Not to mention Zombie goes into detail regarding his decision for this remake as far as the visuals, the violence, color scheme, and performances--which are all good despite some of the underwriting on some of the characters.
Bottom line, this at least an interesting film, if not a great one. I like it enough, while not being totally enamored of it. I anticipate the sequel, and whether it's good or bad, I hope Zombie moves out of the remake business and gets back to making real films from his heart. Carpenter's Halloween is one of my favorite films of all time. I hold it in high regard as far as horror cinema goes. Carpenter himself is a filmmaker I use as a template for my own endeavors. One thing that this remake tragically loses that the original had, and it was very important to the original, is that Michael was truly the boogeyman. Some dialogue regarding the boogeyman, like the original, is peppered throughout the remake but it all seems moot considering how Zombie makes Michael so much more human. He's not the boogeyman, he's a psycho with a motive only a psycho would understand or relate to. The original Michael Myers was truly faceless and without motive, which made him scarier in his randomness, well until the original Halloween sequels screwed all that up. This remake is no worse then the sequels, which were all mediocre in my opinion. Here's hoping for the future.
- Decent Remake
As far as horror remakes go, I'm usually quick to write them as nothing more than just Hollywood's way of saying they have no other tricks up their sleeve & a remake is perhaps the best thing that could be done. Sadly, horror remakes rarely are as innovative nor as entertaining as the originals & most of them are financial flops at the box office. With the mere exception of perhaps a few, I could very well skip most of them altogether & not miss a beat honestly. In recent years, most of the remakes cater to the teeny bopper crowd & select few deserve our attention. Zombie's take on the Carpenter classic Halloween is one of the more tolerable exercises in futility for our times.
As anyone will tell you, the future of horror films may look somewhat more positive with the strange but powerful presence of Rob Zombie standing behind a camera. His determination & sincere dedication to making great scary flicks is hopeful to say the least as no one out there wants to really scare us anymore nor craft anything that will merit a solid R-rating. God forbid you make a film which is steeped in heavy violence & gore that may warrant a very cool but undesired NC-17 rating. (Now that's what I'm talking about.) Zombie, however, is very capable of straddling the hardcore horror world while keeping the mainstream masses in check. Kudos to Zombie for sure!!
Let me begin by saying I've never been a fan of the original Halloween series per se. For some unearthly reason, I simply cannot fathom the concept of a child who is simply evil &enjoys killing for the fun of it. A great many slasher films have been made throughout the years which are nothing particularly special but yet the villains' motivation for killing is often justified in some fashion. In Carpenter's original film, we never get a clear understanding of why Michael kills which makes Halloween a cop-out in my opinion & nothing more than a springboard to deliver some cheap thrills.
Zombie does get it right & I give him props for atleast giving us a solid hour of Myer's history before releasing the slasher bloodbath with a heavy body count. Malcolm McDowell gives a bang up performance as Dr. Loomis, who tries very hard through the years to work with young Myers with no success whatsover. Rob's take on the original clearly explains much of Myer's psychological motivation which spirals into an inevitable homicidal explosion. In fact, most of the viewers are more than likely to feel sorry for the little guy this time around whereas we never really felt any sympathy in the original film nor any of the horrendous sequels.
The second half of the film is nothing more than your average chills & thrills horror flick. Zombie has a keen eye for visuals & special effects, the remainder of his film is just your typical slasher fare which is decent but don't expect anything revolutionary here. While most of the movie isn't very scary, there are some cringe-worthy moments that will more than likely satisfy genre enthusiasts everywhere or fans of the original series. I just wish Zombie had found a better actress to take on the role of Laurie Strode. I'm sorry but she will never hold a candle to the incomparable Jamie Lee Curtis. That's just small potatoes I'm sure but Scout Talor-Comption is an annoying actress or maybe her part was poorly written. Perhaps a combination of both?
This is, quite possibly, one of the better horror remakes I've seen with the exception of Aja's Hills Have Eyes. I am curious to see what Zombie does this time around with H2.
- A gory, brutal remake of a horror classic
This film is one of the few remakes that I like, and what Rob Zombie has done is made one hell of remake that has some brutal moments and has made Michael Myers more nasty then has ever been before.
The film kicks off trying to explain the events that led to Myers to kill and the results are not nice fast forward 15 years later and Michael Myers has escaped the nuthouse and heading back the Haddonfield and Dr Lomis has to try and find him and somehow stop him.
Rob Zombie's remake has had good and bad reviews but I did like this film, ok we all know this will never top the 1978 Film but this one stands well on it's own, what Halloween fans will notice on this one, is that this one has a lot of gore which the others rarely had and Michael Myers is more sadistic and brutal then he has ever been
The film has some good scare moments that will movie goers on edge.
So if you're new to the Halloween films or you just want a good scare, then check this film out....more info
- The Life and Times of Michael Myers
I'm not a big horror fan. My housemates have repeatedly talked me into watching slasher film after slasher film, and I still just can't get into the genre. But this film is different. This film is actually really good. And that's not to say that other slasher films aren't. (I could never discredit the Scream series.) Rob Zombie's "Halloween" just goes beyond the simple bad-guy-with-a-knife stereotype and delivers an amazingly scary and sad story of a well-known fictional psychopath.
In this version of "Halloween", director Rob Zombie doesn't just retell the original story in his own style - he retells it well: Zombie's "Halloween" is more of a biography of Michael Myers than a slasher film staring Michael Myers. The first and best example of this is the opening act of the film: the back-story of Myers's childhood is almost thirty minutes long. (Most slasher films tell the back-story in a short five-minute teaser before the opening credits.) Once the audience is attached to Myers' character, the story progresses to show Myers' troubled life in a mental institution, his escape from the mental institution and finally his killing spree. Most films wouldn't go into this much detail on the nemesis's character which is what makes Zombie's version so good.
Overall, this movie will likely appeal more to horror fans but non-horror fans, such as myself, may enjoy it too. Yes, it shows blood and guts, but it's a great retelling of Michael Myers's story and I highly recommend it....more info
- A Perversion of a Classic
I was very interested in an updated version of the film, plus the previews looked really dark and creepy. Unfortunately, I went and saw the movie...
For one, ALL of the characters have abnormally filthy mouths. Even Laurie had a filthy mouth, which made it very hard to think of her as a victim I'd want to survive.
Secondly, I don't need a lengthy biography on Michael. I wish they'd just leave at him being a born sociopath. Instead they made it due to child abuse and being picked on in school. What was interesting in the first one was when the parents run up to Michael after he's stabbed Judith to death and the parents look completely normal; their son is just crazy. Also in this remake here, Judith was an awful person and I was completely apathetic to her death. In fact, she pretty much deserved. I prefer innocent victims.
Rob Zombie knows how to create an awesome atmosphere, but he should NOT write his own scripts. He makes his characters so hard to like and they all have mouths like a bunch of uneducated trash.
Apparently a lot of people enjoyed this movie, but I hated every single character and basically sided with Michael despite how much I already hated his character. In my opinion, this movie is an enormous failure and it does not deserve this 3 disc special edition....more info
- The Ultimate Edition of a not-so-great movie
I won't go into a long review about the film, save to say it's not a great one, but I didn't find it extremely horrible either. It's a Rob Zombie movie in all respects (if I want to see Carpenter I'll watch the original, it's as simple as that), but it's never nearly as great as his previous film, The Devil's Rejects. It stays in apathy, just like the main character. A two hour biopic about a psychopath is hardly meant to be about cheers, but neither does this deliver on its scares. It's decent. I'd rate the unrated cut of the film 5 out of 10.
This edition is everything you could want out of the film and beyond. If you enjoyed it, or the absolutely excellent R2 DVD for The Devil's Rejects, this is perfect for you. There are all the briefer featurette segments from the previous DVD, which are enjoyable enough (the bloopers don't leave me in stitches, but they're somewhat funny), and there's also every screen test known to man (Rob must love to watch these early and stark readings for whatever reason). As just two discs, it's a somewhat decent special edition, putting into account that the film is unrated with eleven more minutes, and that Rob has a commentary on the entire film and all the deleted scenes. And speaking of those, they're actually pretty good, at least interesting to watch. There are a lot of moments there that the film could've used, but it's too bad there was nothing more with the female trio of the film, perhaps exactly all their scenes were used.
Then there's the third disc, with the most exhaustive (length-wise) documentary I've ever seen: "Michael Lives: The Making of Halloween". This four and a half hour-long documentary follows the entire pre-production and principal photography process in a rapid fire, day to day event style, including interview segments from Rob and his cast and crew. It shows you everything you could ever want to see about "how it went down", but I think it's too bad that there is almost nothing at all on post-production, even if that would've made this mammoth over five hours long. Less Rob wanting to dirty up sets, and more of editing, sound, music, promotion, premiere! Most of the entire thing is also "coincidental" camera, we're usually not given any specific context (which is sort of explained in the end credits, with a fun and quick segment of people wanting to continually kill or get rid of the cameraman shooting the documentary). Even if it's more about "watching when Halloween was made" than as detailed as Peter Jackson's great "Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of King Kong", it's a very good documentary, and it will require more than a casual fan, a completely free afternoon and several cups of coffee or other stimulants to be watched.
With Halloween, Rob has done a pretty good job, but has overall delivered a lot more quantity than quality. It is appreciated though, because it's certainly better than the usual five-minute a**kisser segments that pass as special features these days.
Oh, and a small plus for the neat slipcase....more info
- Too awful to write a whole review
This movie was such a disgrace that I don't think I could write a review without it being so long it would take me an hour to type it all. Rob Zombie thinks he has the right idea, but he can't see past his ego and turn Halloween into something he believes it should be. Blood, gore and all of the other cliche slasher movie formula's. It is almost as if he does not know how to build suspense and atmosphere that can make a horror movie that much more creepy and frightening to watch.
The only part that I enjoyed was seeing Danielle Harris come back to the franchise as the character Annie Brackett, and topless as well!
So from now on, I will be avoiding anything from Rob Zombie in the future, he is a true letdown from such a horror movie buff....more info
- 3.5--Yes, I'm a fan of the original yet this has also gotten my attention
The opening of the film is clever and deals with the events leading up to Michael's first murder. I was very happy with the back story of Michael Myers & how brutal his life was & you could almost see day by day how he was driven to kill almost his entire family.
Minor details that were simply Rob Zombie's way of putting his mark on the film include a white trash family that Michael allegedly comes from (even though in the original his mother and father seem to be pretty straight-laced, almost nerdy, people) and the fact that his mother is a stripper. Dr. Loomis is introduced early on, in the film, at Michael's school after some questionable things he done. I just feel that there was enough of a set up in the original John Carpenter film for Zombie to build off of, without going and adding the trashy nature of Michael's family and sympathy we are supposed to feel for him. On top of that it was great to see inside Smith Grove as well - Dr Loomis was far better in this version - although the original is a classic this version had a lot more depth & rather intense ending.
Now, even though the film begins in 1963 and then flashes forward 15 years to the night Michael escapes and returns to Haddonfield. Why, then, do the characters have cell phones and are there 1993 Ford Mustangs along the streets of Haddonfield? To me, this just makes the film seem sloppy and badly imagined. If you are going to take the time to "re-imagine" a film that is as iconic and famous as Halloween, these should be obvious things to deal with.
The "chase" scenes are well staged and Zombie throws in some decent scenarios not found in the original. The climax is an entertaining combination of classic 80's style horror where you are screaming at the female lead for being so dense and modern horror grisliness where you feel sick to your stomach after enduring it.
This film did go well with me and my biggest complaint, however, is with the sloppiness of the time difference in events. Aside from that Zombie's "Halloween" is a calculated gamble to add to these sequels, and it does pay off in the end, "Halloween" is perfectly watchable for any horror buffs so if you haven't seen it yet take the time to see it this month.
- Feels more like a trick than a treat
What a major disappointment this film is coming after the Devil's Rejects. I thought Zombie's directorial debut House of a 1,000 Corpses was too gross and graphic, which is exactly how I feel about this film, whereas the Devil's Rejects was so stylish and well told that you actually cared about the characters. This is just a pointless remake of one of the best horror films of all time. Zombie's intentions with this film were to tell the back story of Michael Myers and offer an explanation for why he was a ruthless psychotic killer. Did we really need an explanation? Isn't it better without? The problem is that the background info is so stereotypical. Mike's mom (Sheri Moon Zombie) is a stripper. Her drunk boyfriend (William Forsythe) is a homophobe who teases Michael mercilessly. His sister thinks he is weird and for good reason since she walks in on him torturing and killing an animal while wearing a weird mask that he made. At school he is the target of bullies who make sexual comments about his mom and then beat him up. The principal does nothing since he doesn't like him either. The only person in his life who doesn't hate him despite his mother is his baby sister who is too young to have an opinion. Come Halloween night his mom is at work, his sister is upstairs having sex, and the boyfriend is passed out on the couch leaving Michael all alone with no one to take him trick or treating. He decides to go into the house, grab a knife and kill everyone save for his baby sister. When mom comes home she finds him calmly sitting on the steps holding the baby. He is arrested and institutionalized where a fame seeking doctor named Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) tries to analyze him and figure out why he did what he did. Michael isn't talking and doesn't for years prompting both Loomis and Michael's mother to give up on him. Fifteen years later Michael stages a violent escape from the institution and goes back to his hometown. Like in the original film we now meet Laurie (Scout Taylor Compton) and her fellow babysitting friends who are discussing their Halloween night plans. The other girls save for Laurie will be with their boyfriends while Laurie will be babysitting the neighbor's kids. By the end of the night Laurie will come face to face with pure evil as Dr. Loomis describes Michael. The doctor will team up with the sheriff (Brad Dourif) to try and stop Michael before he can carry out his mysterious mission. This is the only thing that makes this film different is the back story provided and it finally gives a reason for why Michael is seeking Laurie but those reasons alone don't make it a good film. It is graphically violent like Corpses was and lacks any of the style or wit of Devil's Rejects despite retaining half of that cast. The acting is pretty bad save for McDowell who gives a really good performance which isn't saying much after you see what a ham he is on the gag reel. There are tons of extras on the two disc set but they don't disguise how disappointing and unnecessary this film was. A major step backwards for Zombie as a director....more info
I FEEL ROB ZOMBIE DID A GREAT JOB WITH THIS MOVIE.HE TOOK US DEEP INSIDE THE MIND OF A YOUNG MICHEAL TO THE PRESENT,THAT WAY WE UNDERSTAND BETTER WHY HE TURNED OUT LIKE HE DID.I THINK MORE PEOPLE SHOULD FOLLOW ROB'S EXAMPLE WHEN DOING REMAKES,KEEP IT REAL AND GIVE THE PEOPLE A LITTLE MORE THAN JUST THE SAME OLD STUFF. WAY TO GO ROB !!!!!!!!!!!Halloween - Unrated Director's Cut (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)...more info
- Absurd garbage and a Zombie letdown
Let me preface by saying that I really enjoy House of 1000 Corpses and of course consider Halloween to be one of the all time greatest movies. So this seemed like the perfect movie - one of the most immortal concepts ever paired with a modern day highly creative director. Wrong. Like M. Night Shamalamadingdong, Zombie's movies have been progressively terrible as he went forward. House of 1000 Corpses was fantastic - great sets and visuals. However, every other release has been a disaster, and this movie is no exception, and is an insult to the Halloween tradition. ...more info
- awesome gift
This was a gift to a fan of the Halloween series. He loved it. Shopping this way is fast and conveinent....more info