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Halloween
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Directed By
Rob Zombie

Written By:
Rob Zombie

Cast:
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 Zara
January 23rd, 2010

I was not born and raised on the horror genre. It was the one area of films that neither of my parents were all that into and I didn't feel the need to pursue behind their backs when I was a kid. As a result, I have mainly gotten my horror genre education as an adult, watching many of the "classics" of the '70's and early '80's as an adult. And if you don't have nostalgia attached to these movies, watching them for what they are with grown up eyes is definitely a different experience.

As for the first HALLOWEEN movie, so lovingly held onto by horror fans around my age, I watched it in my early twenties at the insistence of my friends who were upset that I'd never seen it. I watched it and felt it was dated, that the main character didn't seem all that menacing (come on, a small guy in a weird mask? I can see how that would scare a kid... but a grown up?) and the style was alright but nothing to coo over. My opinion of the original is that it's OK to "Good, I guess."

My main problem with a lot of those first horror movies which were made back then is that they were written so loosely that there wasn't much movement to understand what would drive a person to be a serial killer. I don't care if you think it's scarier that there's some guy out there killing people violently for no reason and that's just so frightening... I'm more of a person where I want some kind of reasoning (do not confuse this with my asking for everything to be explained to me) behind the menace. And dammit... I at least want the guy to look like he's unstoppable, not some average build dude in a mask which clearly would obscure his vision enough for you to feasibly overtake him.

This is why I ended up liking Zombie's version better. I still haven't gotten around to watching any of his previous movies, I keep meaning to, but haven't, so this is my first Zombie directed movie that I've watched in its entirety. I LIKE that he included the background on Michael Myers. I LIKE that there was some understanding of how a killing machine without rational thought could be developed in certain environmental atmospheres. I LIKE that they explained some but not everything, leaving Myers silent. There are no confessions that he makes. He's still a killer who doesn't care about who he's killing. And I really LIKE that they cast a huge guy with a large build to play him, lending to the scare factor that if I saw THAT dude coming at me in the dark, even with the vision obscuring mask on, I WOULD run away screaming.

I've taken some sh*t for my position on this, but I stand by it. While not a perfect movie (because it's still just a basic slasher horror film with little intrinsic value to it), it was more interesting for me to watch than the original.

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