Halloween (2007)

11 09 2007

A couple weeks ago, I went down to see Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween with my sister and her husband.

It was good.

I don’t think it’s appropriate to directly compare Rob’s film with the original, because as I’m sure you’ve heard 842.344 times by now, Rob Zombie’s film is not a remake – it’s a reimagining.

John Carpenter’s Halloween is a classic horror movie, and (in my opinion) the best of all slasher flicks. It created the genre. It’s the reason we even have movies like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. We don’t need to get into the history of the horror movie genre.

In the original, the only kind of backstory we get is Michael killing his sister while their parents are gone. We don’t know why or what possessed him to do it. It just happens, and Michael is sent to the loony bin. He breaks out, and goes on a killing spree. Let’s be honest – the film was pretty light on plot.

In Rob’s film, we get to see what kind of situation Michael lives in at home. There’s abuse around every turn, from his (step?)father, sister, kids at school, etc. In the loony bin, we get to see Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) try to help Michael… I don’t want to get into the details of the film. There’s much more of a story, and it makes you believe the Michael Myers character a lot more. It makes him seem much more real than in the original, where there were hints and inklings that Michael might be a little more than human. The psychology behind Michael’s character was sound and realistic as well; my brother-in-law has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, and he said as much.

Plus there’s gratuitous frontal nudity. Couldn’t have a slasher flick without it!

Overall it’s a good film and worth the price of admission.

I should also mention that before the movie, we saw a trailer for The Mist. I’m so fucking psyched about this movie!! The Mist is a movie based on a Stephen King story, being made by Frank Darabont, the guy who made The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

“The Mist” is probably my favorite King story. It’s a contemporary Lovecraftian story about a group of people that get trapped in a grocery story when the eponymous mist rolls in after a nasty summer storm. There are… things… in the Mist, and the story explores the interaction between the people in the store, and how they react and interact under the severe stress of their environment.

This movie has been trying to get made for many years, and finally it’s almost here!

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