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Rob Zombie didnít remake the horror classic Halloween, he created his own
interpretation and has presented an entirely new story by keeping the basic
plot intact and adding some extra surprises and a whole lot of history.
Obviously John Carpenter and Rob Zombie have entirely different styles, so
itís hard to compare this film to the original. As it stands on its own,
Halloween 2007 wasnít too bad, but it was forgettable and wonít come close
to having the kind of impact the original has had on horror audiences around
We all know the original story: Michael
Meyers kills his sister on Halloween one night when he is 10-years-old.
After he is put into a mental institution and studied by Doctor Samuel
Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) for 15 years, he escapes one night and goes on a
killing spree while trying to find his younger sister, Laurie.
The 2007 version makes things a little
different from the beginning. First of all, young Michael (Daeg Faerch) has
a penchant for torturing animals, and the film opens on him playing with a
pet rat. Also, Michaelís less than savory home life is explored a little bit
too. His mother (Sheri Moon) is a stripper, and her boyfriend is a lewd
drunk who likes to scream at Michael and make fun of him constantly. After
Michael gets into some trouble in school and the principal suggests a
psychological evaluation, Michael runs out and brutally kills a classmate
who has tortured him in the past, then goes home and kills his sister Judith
(Hannah Hall), his motherís horrible boyfriend, and his sisterís boyfriend.
I could have enjoyed an entire film
solely about Michaelís childhood, but Zombie chose to keep the original
plot, with a few extra scares, extra gore and of course, more nudity. The
general plot is the same though, Michael is after his little sister Laurie
(Scout Taylor-Compton), and Dr. Loomis is trying to find him before he kills
anymore people. That part of the plot was pretty much kept intact, but
Zombieís interpretation of the ending was totally different and it wasnít
bad, but I didnít enjoy it all that much.
I understand why Zombie did things the way he
did though. As a director he is all about shock value, and if he had made a
film that was faithful to the original, nobody would watch it. Seeing
Michael Meyersí face, hearing him speak and giving him a human side as a
small boy was an interesting tactic on Zombieís part and I could tell that
Zombie is very passionate about the original Halloween, so this
interpretation of it has apparently come from years of watching Halloween
films and wondering what inspired the character of Michael and what that
characterís thought processes may have been.
I really liked a lot of things that
Zombie did with this film - in fact, my favorite little trivia item about
the original film is that Jamie Lee Curtisí hair changes from curly to
straight in almost every scene, and the same happened with the young woman
who played Laurie in this film - and I loved that Zombie paid attention to
quirky little details like that. However, there were some big things that
made the film not so great. part of the brilliance of the first film is in
its casting and the talent of that cast. Zombie has some work to do on that,
and every single performance in this film was atrocious. The other thing
that made Halloween so groundbreaking was its use of sound as an element for
striking fear in an audience - not necessarily excessive violence, cheap
thrills, or gore - another lesson Zombie could have learned from the
original and taken to heart.
If somebody were going to make an
attempt at a Halloween tribute film, Iím glad it was Rob Zombie. Itís
obvious that he is the ultimate superfan and has a deep admiration for the
original film. He didnít try to improve upon it at all, but instead, gave us
his own interpretation and a new way of looking at Michael Meyers. If Zombie
tries another project like this, I highly recommend finding better actors so
that he doesnít have to resort to covering their awful performances in gore
to get screams from the audience.