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!


They’re giant robots, for f*!k sake!

27 07 2007

I’ve read a couple reviews of the Transformers movie, in which the writer complained about the flat, two-dimensional characters and the lack of plot. If you saw Transformers, and were disappointed in the plot and character development, let me ask you something…

Are you fucking serious? Did you maybe go into the wrong theater?

It’s a movie about giant, sentient, shape-shifting robots from outer space. The story is twenty years old and based on a series of children’s toys. What do you expect?

Personally, I thought the movie was great. But then, I went into the theater expecting there to not be much of a plot or character development. And I didn’t care. I paid eighteen dollars (my wife and I) to see giant robots fight each other. I got exactly what I went for. Plus a little extra eye candy in the form of Megan Fox. Perhaps even more sexy, however, was Rachael Taylor (the one on the left). Sexy + geeky = super-ultra-mega hot!

I digress.

The movie was fun. There was humor, even poking fun at itself – like when Mikaela asked Sam if she seemed shallow, Sam said there was more to her than meets the eye. I got a good chuckle out of that.

The point in all this is that you can’t look too deeply into Transformers. When you watch it, let your brain relax. Just go with the flow and enjoy the ride.

You can go back to sleep now, Cthulhu

24 07 2007

Well, I’ve heard from various sources that the 1-18-08 movie is not going to be a Cthulhu film.


My interest in the movie has fallen several degrees.


19 07 2007

Have you heard about the 1-18-08 movie yet? It exploded into the public eye when a teaser trailer was seen before the Transformers movie.

This is a beautiful example of viral marketing. All the makers of the film have done is make a mysterious trailer, showed it at the opening of the summer’s biggest blockbuster with no more information than a release date, and set up a website that shows only a few pictures. Everywhere you look, people are sharing ideas of what the movie is about.

I’ve heard three possiblities:
1. It’s a new Godzilla movie. The only thing this theory has going for it is that the whatever it is in the trailer is said to be huge. Other than that… the roar doesn’t sound anything like Godzilla, and I never knew Godzilla to throw things.

2. It’s the smoke monster from Lost. Personally, I know very little about the show Lost. I have no idea what the smoke monster is, but since 1-18-08 is being produced by the same guy that created Lost, this is a good possibility.

3. Cthulhu. I don’t know how much credibility this theory has, but it’s the one I’m hoping for the most. Cthulhu could be a viable explanation for the scream and destruction heard/seen in the teaser. However, I have no idea how much interest (if any) J.J. Abrams has in the Cthulhu Mythos, so this theory might be a bit of stretch.

This could be absolutely huge if it turns out to be a Cthulhu movie. H.P. Lovecraft is a master of horror, and yet we’ve never seen a “big” movie based on any of his stories. The Cthulhu Mythos – and Lovecraft’s works in general – have become a large part of popular culture, especially in horror-related genres. Lovecraft is one of Stephen King’s primary influences; he makes references to Lovecraft’s works in many of his books.

Cthulhu would be a spectacular movie monster. A Great Old One from the blackness between the stars, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming in the vast city R’lyeh beneath the waves of the Pacific Ocean. When the stars and planets are right, the Cthulhu Cult will work to waken their dreaming Priest. The awakening of Cthulhu would mean the end of mankind.

While the actual story, The Call of Cthulhu, might not be very good material to base a movie around – it’s layered in flashbacks – the character of Cthulhu is a perfect apocolyptic force. How would it be destroyed? Can it be destroyed?

I’m almost afraid to find out more information about the movie because I don’t want to be disappointed if it turns out to not be about Cthulhu.