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"Halloween" is an entirely new take on the highly successful film and terrifying legacy that began in 1978. While revealing a new chapter in the established Michael Myers saga, the film will surprise ... read more read more...both classic and modern horror fans with a departure from prior films in the "Halloween" franchise. Audiences should brace themselves for unprecedented fear as "Halloween" turns back time to uncover the making of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed child named Michael Myers.

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DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007

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  • fb100000040220993
    October 6, 2012
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    It's easy to understand why someone would want to remake classic Horror films, especially the slasher variety. From a studio standpoint, it's a financial goldmine. All you need is a director, a low budget, and the star power of Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger, release it at th... read moree right time of year, and wait for the revenue to roll in. Artistically, although most of the franchises can be defended if a nostalgic connection exists, the truth is, a lot of them haven't aged all that well. The rest weren't that good to begin with.
    Along with the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", the other exception is John Carpenter's, "Halloween". It was the first horror movie I witnessed when I was 7. It scared the life out of me then. It also turned me into a lifelong fan of the genre. Dare I say, that the atmosphere created in the original, is still as creepy and suspenseful as it was 35 years ago. It's difficult to tread on hollowed ground.
    Still, there was plenty of money to be made on the Michael Myers name, but fans were losing interest in poorly conceived sequels. So the only reasonable answer was a complete reboot.
    The reigns were handed over to Rob Zombie. Those of you with very poor taste in music will recognize that name. He was also the director of the lousy, "House of a Thousand Corpses", but probably earned the "Halloween" gig with the well executed, "The Devil's Rejects".
    To Zombie's credit, he did, at least through half of the film, attempt to make the characters his own. The first half of the film is an origin story. It's fairly well executed. Daeg Faerch, in the role of "young Michael", is especially impressive. I'll also give credit to the history of the mask. In the original, the disguise was just selected off of a shelf in a hardware store. Zombie's version supplies the iconic face with relevance. There are of course issues with the movie's back-story. My most notable complaint, is that it provides the viewer a reason to feel sorry for Michael. To me, it was much more effective when there was no explanation for Michael's actions. The evil just resided in him, out of nowhere. There was no need to feel sympathetic toward the character, you just feared him because he was a monster. Zombie saddles Michael with a profile easily lifted off of a serial killer paint-by-number kit. Still, it was good for what it was.
    The second half of the movie chronicles the return to Haddonfield. During the slasher portion of the remake, Zombie's worship of directors like Tobe Hooper are readily apparent, but it works here. Zombie's version of Michael has a pronounced mean-streak. Victims are executed with a harsh cruelty, that may be unprecedented for the franchise. "The Shape" also benefits from his imposing size. Really, the portrayal of Michael Myers was excellent all-around. The issue with the "slasher" portion of the film, is that it follows Carpenter's events to a, "T". Sure things are more violent and bloody, but what's left, felt far too familiar. That is where Zombie failed to make the movie his own, and it really eliminated the much needed sense of anxiety.
    Despite my complaints, overall, I think that this is a good horror movie. It certainly trumps the remakes being spit out by "Platinum Dunes". It doesn't even come close to the original, but that goes with out saying. After the original, I would definitely recommend this over any of the other sequels.
  • fb100000716838411
    March 30, 2012
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    A very pathetic remake. ( A lot of remakes are.) Rob zombie decided that he wanted to direct a totally unneccesary movie. The original is the greatest horror movie of all time in my opinion, but now it's ruined because of this white-trash adaptation. Unlike the original, we get t... read moreo see Michael Myers growing up as a kid. His family is white-trash (A huge cliche when it comes to Rob zombie films) and the thing I noticed right off the bat is that making him grow up in an unstable environment ruins the character. In the original, Michael grew up in an average suburb house with two normal parents and a normal lifestyle for someone his age...and he still became evil. That makes the original version scarier because he was evil by nature and it's almost as if he was born to be a complete psychopath. The remake however makes him evil by nurture, the environment he lived in which included a bitch sister, a mom who is a whore and the mom's abusive boyfriend who criticized Michael whenever possible. He was evil because he had a hellish lifestyle and let's be honest, there are a lot of kids/teens like that in the world. It just makes the remake Michael seem less menacing and less of a challenge. Another wrong with this movie is the dialogue. Just about every character cusses every 3 words. (Hey, another Rob Zombie cliche!) Seriously, it's bad enough I have to listen to nonstop cussing at my high school, but to hear it from characters ranging from adults to people close to my age is just aggravating. I bet if Rob zombie made a movie about pre-schoolers he would still have them cuss nonstop:
    Teacher: What the fuck is two plus fucking two?
    Billy: Twenty-two, bitch!
    Teacher: Wrong, dumbshit. Any other little assholes wanna answer this shitstorm of a fucking problem?
    I'm not kidding, that's exactly what Rob Zombie dialogue sounds like. Another thing about this movie is that it just contains way too much blood and gore. The original had virtually no blood, but the remake just overdoes it with the violence. (Rob Zombie cliche numero tres.) I mean come on, were Rob Zombie to make a movie about a kid getting a paper cut, his whole finger would go flying off, the bone would poke through his skin and blood would spew out like a fountain. The acting in this film is ok though. The kid playing Michael Myers as a child did alright, the teens were ok, but annoying and the adult actors did pretty good with what little material they were given. Overall, the remake is just irrelevant. Rob Zombie cinematically commited rape. He ruined what made the original scary and turned it into something totally different. If Rob Zombie were to make a remake of Jaws, this is what I think it would be like:
    Brody: Where the fuck is the fucking shark?
    Quint: The shit vanished in mid-fucking-air.
    Shark: I'm over here, bitches! Imma get drunk and throw sea rocks at you assholes.
    (Rock hits Quint in the toe and his head blows up while his limbs fall off and melt into blood while every bone in his body snaps.)
    The end.
  • fb1033186916
    November 1, 2011
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    Too much blood made this iconic horror flick to be plainly unrealistic. There's no depth and development, but despite all that, it's still a good watch on Halloween itself for tradition's sake.
  • October 24, 2011
    First off, I AM giving this a slight recommendation. My stance on the original has been properly established (just read the review in my favorites section). I was originally against the idea of bringing back the original film as a remake, but then I was for this film when I start... read moreed finding out more about it, then I flip-flopped a few times, then finally saw it. This film is indeed not a remake. Re-imaginging was thrown around as a way to describe it, but I like 'modern interpretation' better. This film, unlike the '78 isn't really scary per se, but believe it or not, it is just as intense, and unnverving- it just happens to be more disturbing, thanks in part to violence and nudity that at times, I thought could have been toned down. That's my biggest complaint with the film is that it's too excessive at times with the brutality and cruelty on display. Normally, I don't mind excessive profanity, but it just seemed overdone here. I'm okay with trying to give a character like Michael a backstory, but Zombie does it by the book and throws in all the cliches he could find. This doesn't make the character remarkable, it just makes him like your average killer. I think I could have cared far more about the remake portion of the film had the characters been made likeable and sympathetic. No one is really all that sympathetic here, so to see them get killed is like watching a generic slasher film, and that's not what made Halloween special to me. Flaws or not, it is all done with great style, and as a film maker, Rob Zombie does improve with each film he makes, however, despite that I do reccomend it, this film, due to the flaws, is a slight step down for him, which is unfortunate. I do reccomend it, but only on two conditions- 1) think of it as a stand alone film not related to anything else, and 2) be warned- the film is over the top. The squemish or those easily offended by vioence, sex, nudity, crude language, and combinations of all of those need not see this.
  • October 23, 2011
    Rob Zombie re-ups Carpenter's original for a new generation, underlining the monster's hard luck upbringing while deleting the story's self-effacing cheekiness. Sometimes that works ...
  • October 17, 2011
    For those who say it's just too close to the original or it is not updated enough, I have not seen the original Halloween yet, so I am seeing this as a film on it's own. Briefly, isn't it usually the problem that a remake changes too much and ruins the film? So then why is the re... read moremake being similar to the original bad?

    Moving on, Halloween is the 2007 remake of the original horror film about serial killer Michael Myers. Majority of the film talks about his childhood and what all lead him to become the evil killer he was.

    This new opening sequence seemed to drag on a little, but did serve well as a back story to show that Michael wasn't always a completely horrible child. The violent deaths, interesting twists and many other features came out and intrigued me and drew me into the idea of it all.

    One thing that did really bug me about the film was I noticed actors I had seen in films I had watched before, thinking "Wow! That's what's-his-face off that film! I haven't seen him anywhere for a while! I hope he stays for a whi... oh, he's dead!" Although this was a little frustrating, it did add to the element of horror, showing that all the people I had a minor connection with was dying!

    Classic traits of Zombie seem to come across, with lots of entirely unnecessary nudity, that, although by many is highly appreciated, I found a waste of camera time and of money! Maybe if there was less porn and a bit more gore and a bit less of a focus on the childhood, the film could have had a better rating. But nonetheless it was good fun to watch and something that should be put on your 'Films To Watch On Halloween' list!
  • September 16, 2011
    Well, well here's the reimagining of Halloween. Directed by Rob Zombie, director of the great Horror film, The Devil's Rejects and House of A 1000 Corpses; the Halloween remake is an almost apocalyptic vision of the notorious madman, it's the birth of something evil and totally s... read moreinister. What's interesting of this remake is Rob Zombie's use of violence in this film, never before in a Halloween film has violence been used in excess, until now. This is by far the bloodiest, goriest film in Halloween's history. The remake is also profane, and uses nudity to appeal to a new generation of horror fans. As a fan of the original (which is by far my favorite film ever) I can admire Rob Zombie's take on the Halloween saga. As far as remakes are concerned, this one is not that bad. Rob Zombie's Halloween is an interesting take on the Michael Myers character. There's effective chills on-screen and enough gore and decent kills to appeal the new generation of horror fans. But for my money, nothing will beat the original. I felt that this didn't fully live to what it could have been. What made the original film so good was the use of suspense to create the terror. That's something that's very much absent from this remake. Instead Rob Zombie uses cheap thrills to get the job done, it works, but not that often. This is an enjoyable film, but it will never be outdone. The original will always be the classic, and the must see film.
  • September 14, 2011
    Wesley Rhoades: Next time I see that Myers pussy, he's dead!

    "Evil Has A Destiny."

    Before going into a Rob Zombie movie, you already know a lot about the movie. It's going to be violent and gory. It's going to have an amazing soundtrack. And it's going to have piss poor di... read morealogue. Check, check and double check with Rob Zombies "Reimagining" of Halloween. Within the first conversation between Michael's mom and her boyfriend, I knew this movie wasn't going to work for me. Zombie's form of profane dialogue worked in The Devil's Rejects, but I don't foresee it ever working again.

    Zombie spends such a large bulk of time with a garbage backstory to how Michael became the Michael Myers we now know. The backstory drags and drags and then the actual Halloween remake feels rushed. There's no suspense to be had with this remake and the suspense is what made the original so good. Zombie doesn't even make an attempt to make it suspenseful or scary. He rather be in your face, instead of having any patience whatsoever. One scene that really jumped out and showed his lack of patience was when Laurie and the two kids she's babysitting run back into her house. Michael follows right behind by kicking in the door.

    The movie looks fairly good and it does have a nice soundtrack to go along with Carpenter's well known Halloween theme. But other then that, I can't think of anything I liked about this. The acting is really bad, especially Scout Taylor-Compton and Sheri Moon. It's cool seeing Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Loomis, but Zombie doesn't really allow for that to help the movie at all. It's easy to see Rob had some fun making this, but at least he could save a little of that fun for the viewer.
  • fb729949618
    August 6, 2011
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    I am a fan of this movie! I appreciated how Rob Zombie took it back and went in depth as to how Michael Myers became a killer. The ratings given to this movie on RT are very low and not characteristic of how good the movie actually is.
  • June 24, 2011
    It was as good as the original film!

Critic Reviews


Frank Scheck
December 12, 2007
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

The result, though undeniably preferable to yet another misbegotten installment of the long-exhausted franchise, certainly doesn't compare to John Carpenter's landmark original film.

Ben Walters
September 28, 2007
Ben Walters, Time Out

It's inanely-scripted exploitation, sure, but this 'Halloween' doesn't trivialise; it even returns with sympathy to one victim minutes after the attack that has left her bleeding on the floor. Full Review

Kyle Smith
September 12, 2007
Kyle Smith, New York Post

The Batman Begins of slasher movies, and one of the more frightening stabathons of recent years. Full Review

Joshua Rothkopf
September 6, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

As if spooked by the long shadow of suburban killer Michael Myers, the director has all but dropped his organic camera style, resulting in exactly the kind of bland, scareless remake the fans were fea... Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
September 5, 2007
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

It's a decent diversion. Full Review

Richard Harrington
September 4, 2007
Richard Harrington, Washington Post

Contains dialogue so nasty and stupid, you'd swear (right along with the characters) that the booker for Jerry Springer wrote it (Zombie did). Full Review

Bruce Demara
September 4, 2007
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

Trick or treat? Rob Zombie's "re-imagining" of John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween must sadly be consigned to the former category and it's not even a very interesting, suspenseful trick at ... Full Review

Roger Moore
September 4, 2007
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Rob Zombie's Halloween remake isn't scary, which is really all you need to know about it. Full Review

Lisa Rose
September 4, 2007
Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger

Revamping the influential 1978 shocker Halloween for a new generation of viewers, director Rob Zombie offers a film with more sex, more violence, no humor and zero scares. Full Review

Matt Zoller Seitz
September 4, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times

The new Halloween has sympathy for the Devil, but not enough.

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    • Sheriff Brackett: I think you have created quit the monster piece off the blood of this town. Because monsters, sell, books.
    • Dr. Kopelson: We've given the authorities his complete profile.
    • Dr. Sam Loomis: Two road blocks and an all-points wouldn't stop a 5-year old.
    • Dr. Kopelson: Well, what do you want us to do?
    • Morgan Walker: Yes. I mean, what do you want us to do?
    • Dr. Sam Loomis: I want you to get on the phone, and I want you to tell them who broke out of here last night. And I want you tell them exactly where he's going.
    • Morgan Walker: Christ, we don't know were he's going.
    • Dr. Sam Loomis: It must be great living in denial. I must try it sometime. Look, you and that army of shirt-tuckers up there, you know damn well were he's going.
    • Dr. Sam Loomis: It must be great living in denial. I should try it sometime.
    • Laurie Strode: I don't need a boyfriend...
    • Annie Brackett: No, what you need is... [makes passionate groans]
    • Adult Michael Myers: Roar, I'm coming to kill you.

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