Not near as bad as some might say..
Directed By: Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects)
I’ll be honest folks, as cool as it would be and sounds I’d hate to be asked to remake a movie like Halloween. In a lot of people’s minds John Carpenter’s Halloween was a 10 out of 10, so how on earth could you make anything that would match that without just doing a shot by shot remake? Even then you’d have a group of people complaining that you didn’t do anything different. Basically, you can’t win.
Shoot to 2007 when Rob Zombie did the hard task of remaking Halloween. Now I may be in a smaller group of people who actually like Zombie’s movies but even I knew it was going to be a giant crap storm over him remaking the classic. Now we sit here today with a lot of blind hate regarding Zombie’s film. At times even the company behind the film seems unhappy with Rob’s work, but to that I must ask just what you expected??
After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and heads back home..Honestly kids Halloween is a very flawed film in many many ways but it’s not a movie that gets it ALL wrong by any means either.
Rob Zombie’s Halloween is for sure a Zombie movie you can tell by the at times horrible dialogue that is coming from people’s mouths, as I still have no idea what people actually curse in that awkward manner that Rob has his cast cursing in. You also see all the regulars you’d expect to see pop up in a movie by Rob. That being something you can’t fault Rob for because his usual cast aren’t bad actors at all.
The good things about this movie is that where the original was a slower pace with very little blood, this one is a super charged version of that as things movie along quickly and very violently. One thing you can always say is Rob knows gore if nothing else.
I love the casting of Malcolm McDowell as Dr.Loomis. I think he plays the role very well, like he plays every role well and he just seems to fits like a hand to a glove in the part. On the other side of the coin I’m not a big fan of Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie. Sure at times she seems nice enough and comes across as the type Laurie should be but at other times she just comes across as a highly annoying little girl that I have a hard time of believing would stand a chance in this situation.
Speaking of annoying little girls, I really dislike Laurie’s friends. Among those being the total heartbreak it is to see Danielle Harris be brought down to the dumps with the highly unlikeable role of Annie..Now I’m not one to be against seeing a hot woman topless but after seeing Harris in the old Halloween films and seeing her like she is here in another Halloween movie (be it not the same person) doesn’t it just seems a little weird?
I also want to point out that I don’t care at all for Daeg Faerch who plays the age 10 Michael. He looks like a chubby little girl and is highly annoying. Tyler Mane as the grown up Michael is another story, he’s plays the part well enough as he goes from being almost amused looking by his work to in a rage and it’s good violent fun the whole time!
Bad dialogue and questionable casting aside, there’s just enough blood and suspense added in with the high speed pace of most the film to make it highly favorable to me, especially when compared to some of the films of the original series.
By no means as awful as some folks want to tell you that it is. If you like violence you’ll be right at home here. If anything it’s a throwback to the 80’s with unlikeable characters and lots of boobs and blood.
All in all Rob Zombie probably did the best he could given the situation, I just really wish we’d at least had a better Laurie.