“Zombie does justice to the original Kiel Fleming Horror movies love to make lame sequels that do nothing but insult the original. Halloweens 2-8 are proof of this. When in doubt, slightly re-write a script, slap a number after the movie’s name and call it a day.””
Zombie does justice to the original
Horror movies love to make lame sequels that do nothing but insult the original. Halloweens 2-8 are proof of this. When in doubt, slightly re-write a script, slap a number after the movie’s name and call it a day. Rob Zombie’s remake does not fall into this category.Zombie revisited the heart of the Halloween lure in examining why Michael Myers is who he is. It made a lot more sense as to why he kills after seeing his horrible home life and daily abuse by everyone. The original movie skirted these issues and just made him kill.Taylor Mane, former WCW personality Nitro played Myers and made him even more intimidating than the original. It helps that Mane is 6’8. Who would be afraid of a killer who stands in at say 5’9?Anyone who argues that Zombie completely ruined the legacy of the first movie is a fool. Sure he changed some things in order to better explain the history of Michael Myers, but he also left alone the best part of the original. The musical score that plays anytime Myers is about to do something is classic.In the end, that is all that matters. Well, that and making sure that anyone who is doing it takes a sharp object to the back and is then dumped somewhere only to be found by their best friend, who will also taste the knife.Wait … is that creepy music I hear in the distance?
Remaking this classic is a mistake
Absolutely, unequivocally no.I like Rob Zombie.But I love Halloween. Like an unhealthy, obsessive love.I cannot say this enough: Remaking Halloween is wrong. Halloween is the standard in horror films. That being said, I viewed the Rob Zombie remake with resentment and suspicion. I didn’t want to see a version of Halloween that was anything – and I mean anything – like The Devil’s Rejects. Yet I couldn’t stay away. I felt guilty, as though I were cheating on the original, but I hung in there. This version provides a brief back story to Michael Myers, which I appreciated to a degree. However, what was its purpose? Are we supposed to buy that having a stripper mom, an alcoholic stepfather and an annoying school bully led to Michael becoming a vicious, brutal serial killer? Come on.The gore and blood was way, way more than the original, which is very Zombie. That doesn’t mean that it’s good.The new Dr. Loomis? Eh. He’s OK, I guess, but he’s no Donald Pleasance, who really helped make the original an over-the-top cult classic.Young Michael was creepy, which was cool. He really did have dead eyes, as Loomis likes to say. And Zombie did keep the theme music, which is something, I suppose. But it just wasn’t enough to win me over, unfortunately.