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Directed By
Rob Zombie

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Rob Zombie

Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Sheri Moon Zombie, Scout Taylor-Compton, Danielle Harris, Tyler Mane, William Forsythe, Udo Kier, Tom Towles, Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Lew Temple, Ken Foree, Daniel Roebuck, Hanna Hall, Dee Wallace Stone, Pat Skipper, Adrienne Barbeau, Richmond Arquette, Ezra Buzzington, Courtney Gains, Leslie Easterbrook, Bill Moseley, Daryl Sabara, Sybil Danning, Richard Lynch, Mel Fair, Max Van Ville, Richard Fancy, Skyler Gisondo, Kristina Klebe, Daeg Faerch, Nikki Taylor Melton, Micky Dolenz, Jenny Gregg Stewart, Adam Weisman

Halloween (2007)
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Movie Review by Cenobite
May 1st, 2009

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 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.

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