Halloween

Halloween

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Director: Rob Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Tyler Mane

Cast: Rob Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Tyler Mane

     
 

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The Devil's Rejects director Rob Zombie resurrects one of the most notorious slashers in screen history with this re-imagining of the 1978 John Carpenter classic that spawned numerous sequels and countless imitators. As a child, young Michael Myers (Daeg Faerch) committed

Overview

The Devil's Rejects director Rob Zombie resurrects one of the most notorious slashers in screen history with this re-imagining of the 1978 John Carpenter classic that spawned numerous sequels and countless imitators. As a child, young Michael Myers (Daeg Faerch) committed one of the most unspeakable crimes imaginable. Subsequently locked in an asylum and placed under the care of Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell), the hollow-eyed boy grew into an emotionless man determined to escape back to his hometown of Haddonfield and complete the murderous mission that he began so many years back. These days, the long-abandoned Myers house sits decrepit and overgrown on a peaceful suburban street, its boarded windows and rotting wood a silent testament to the slaughter that has haunted Haddonfield for decades. Now Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) is back, and as the children of this typical Midwestern town fill the sidewalks for a fun-filled night of tricks and treats, Haddonfield is about to find out that there is no escape from pure evil. Brad Dourif, William Forsythe, Udo Kier, Dee Wallace, Sheri Moon Zombie, Danny Trejo, and Adrienne Barbeau co-star.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Every now and then, a talented filmmaker gets wrapped up in a production that's run off the rails, something that Rob Zombie knows all too well after his stint resurrecting a seminal horror legend with his so-called reimagining of Halloween -- the result being a thoroughly troubled picture whose faults are, at times, too much to bear for even the most casual viewer. Was it his gritty, goth aesthetic that got in the way of delivering a better translation -- or merely studio interference? One thing is for sure, the film that was released into theaters is a colossal mess of misguided product appeasement that barely taps into what made John Carpenter's original so effective. Gone is the ratcheting suspense, in favor of heavy-handed aggression that Zombie effectively mined so well in his previous film, The Devil's Rejects. The problem here is that that kind of in-your-face brutality doesn't lend itself well to this film series. By the end of the torturous finale, the movie is basically broken down into a Texas Chainsaw Massacre-style insanity trip, with cues taken directly from that masterpiece and crossbred into this franchise, thus blurring the lines of what the director considers to be so special about the original in the first place. But was it all Zombie's fault? He's a bit blinded by his own fetishes -- that's for certain. For one, his white-trash take on the tale is a sure shock compared to the quiet simplicity of the first film. The constant need to explain everything is another possible detriment, depending on one's tastes. Those in the camp who find much unease with a growing evil sprouting out of suburban normality will no doubt be taken aback by what seems to be a clinical case of dysfunctional family syndrome, with young Michael Myers (played with a mix of pudgy preteen angst and confusing psychological indifference by newcomer Daeg Faerch) turning psychopathic seemingly because of his homestead's constant hostility. The forked-tongued William Forsythe provides much of this through his evil stepfather character, who seems wildly out of place from the get-go -- the same can be said of many of the now-you-see-em, now-you-don't cameos that pepper the picture. The headlining cast doesn't fare too well either -- whether it's the sex-crazed teen girl trifecta or Malcolm McDowell's near laughable sentimentality, the new incarnations are poor substitutes for their predecessors all across the board. As a bland reincarnation of Dr. Loomis, McDowell fails to bring anything new or even old to the character, while Scout Taylor-Compton comes off as more of a walking goofball hormone machine instead of being bred out of the virginal heroine mold. Unfortunately, Zombie doesn't help things much with his decision to condense the original film into the final act, thereby denying the audience the time to invest in these characters. And as far as the adult Michael Myers goes, Tyler Mane hulks around okay, but ends up looking like a degenerate wrestler most of the time, smashing anything in his way with little to no care put into connecting his mannerisms to the classic Myers of yesteryear. Add a schizophrenic style onto all of this, plus more of the director's flare for dirty, grungy horror, and one has a film that so drastically gets things wrong as a narrative that it barely matters how well it realigns with the past. Given all of this, is there a silver lining to this production? One compliment that's been thrown out there is that at least it's Zombie's vision all the way -- or is it? When rumors of the reshoots popped up promising more deaths and an extended ending, the filmmaker scoffed at the idea, sizing it up to Internet lunacy. The official response was that Bob Weinstein offered more money to help juice up the production any way that Rob wanted, so the timeline of the film was played with, opening things up for a few more cameos along the way (including key members of the Rejects alumni -- Sid Haig and Bill Moseley). Additionally, the director has said that the ending was reworked to give Laurie a more satisfying arc, but if that's true, then he missed the point even more the second time around, studio interference or not. Either way, one thing no one counted on was a workprint copy leaking onto the Internet the week of release, not only raising the piracy flag in Tinseltown, but allowing an interesting peek at what the picture looked like before the notorious Weinstein Company waved more money around. Reportedly gone is the Texas Chainsaw-tinged ending, as well as the absurd chain-breaking escape from the hospital. In their place, grounded character work that allows for a richer Halloween experience than the cut-and-paste one that made its way onto the big screen. Sadly, it seems that audiences lost out again, making this yet another Halloween sequel that's been tampered with before its theatrical release. What's even worse is that this looks to be a monumental step back creatively for Rob Zombie, who for whatever reason, has delivered what many outside his loyal following would consider to be a colossal waste of time.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0796019821605
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
11,128

Special Features

Feature Commentary By Writer/Director Rob Zombie

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Malcolm McDowell Dr. Sam Loomis
Sheri Moon Zombie Deborah Myers
Tyler Mane Adult Michael Myers
Scout Taylor-Compton Laurie Strode
Brad Dourif Sheriff Brackett
Danielle Harris Annie Brackett
Hanna R. Hall Judith Myers
Bill Moseley Zach
Daeg Faerch Young Michael
Kristina Klebe Lynda Van Der Kolk
Danny Trejo Ismael Cruz
William Forsythe Ronnie White
Ken Foree Big Joe Grizzley
Udo Kier Morgan Walker
Sid Haig Actor
Adrienne Barbeau Barbara Florentine
Daryl Sabara Wesley Rhoades
Daniel Roebuck Actor
Courtney Gains Kendall Jacks
Richard Lynch Principal Chambers
Clint Howard Dr. Kopelson
Dee Wallace Stone Cynthia Strode
Lew Temple Nole Kluggs
Pat Skipper Mason Strode
Skyler Gisondo Actor
Adam Weisman Steve
Jenny Gregg Stewart Lindsey Wallace
Sybil Danning Nurse Wynn
Micky Dolenz Derek Allan
Ezra Buzzington Grant Clark
Tom Towles Actor
Calico Cooper Actor

Technical Credits
Rob Zombie Director,Musical Direction/Supervision,Producer,Screenwriter
Malek Akkad Producer
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Glenn Garland Editor
Alexander H. Gayner Asst. Director
Andy Gould Producer
T.K. Kirkpatrick Art Director
Mary E. McLeod Costumes/Costume Designer
Monika Mikkelsen Casting
Phil Parmet Cinematographer
Buck Robinson Sound/Sound Designer
Matt Stein Executive Producer
Wayne Toth Makeup Special Effects
Tony Tremblay Production Designer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Halloween
1. Haddonfield, Illinois [4:27]
2. Early Warning Signs [7:24]
3. Alone On Halloween [4:03]
4. Ronnie's Demise [3:47]
5. Family Massacre [4:15]
6. The Aftermath [2:44]
7. Meeting Dr. Samuel Loomis [5:49]
8. Behind Michael's Masks [6:06]
9. "These Are The Eyes of a Psychopath" [4:28]
10. Mikey's Last Night At the Sanitarium [6:32]
11. Big Joe Grizzley [4:17]
12. Michael Comes Home [6:10]
13. Stalking [7:32]
14. Don't Fear The Reaper [5:51]
15. Michael Pays the Strodes A Visit [2:17]
16. "Is the Bogeyman Real?" [1:08]
17. "He's Come Back For His Baby Sister" [5:34]
18. He's Found Her [6:22]
19. Michael Takes Laurie [4:42]
20. The Myers' Homecoming [3:50]
21. Dr. Loomis To The Rescue [4:42]
22. "Was That The Bogeyman?" [2:49]
23. Laurie's Last Stand [5:53]
24. End Credits [4:17]

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Halloween 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Yellowenglish More than 1 year ago
The Rob Zombie remake of Halloween is a really wonderful horror movie. It¿s terrifying! Compared to the original Halloween, the over-all quality has improved greatly of the film. This movie is very realistic as it centers a very demented child. I also enjoy this movie because it is not too gory, which is very surprising and un-expected for Rob Zombie. I think that the quality has improved. While it stays with the story-line, it has its own special twist. In one scene, Michael is shown in his cell, all of his masks covering the tables and walls. This time the movie shows how messed-up Michael really is. Another thing I like is how realistic the movie is. There are a lot of crazy people out there, with the same problem Michael has. The end is a little extreme, but over-all, it is very realistic. It makes you think about how crazy people can be. That adds to the effect of the movie. Finally, I like that it is not overly-gory. There are a few scenes that show dead people and blood, but that is as bad as it gets. In the beginning he is shown talking to a pet rat, and then washing blood from his hands and a pocket knife. In another scene, he is shown beating a bully to death with a huge stick. There is nothing in this movie that is not to be expected in a horror movie. In conclusion, this was a great movie! It has all of the right characteristics for a scary movie. Rob Zombie did a fantastic with this movie. You absolutely have to go buy this movie now! Don¿t even wait for Halloween! Just get into your car, drive to any big store, and buy it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, Rob Zombie surely did a really good job on making this movie, and the music is a mix of John Carpenter's theme's with Tyler Bates' as well. The movie, as a matter of fact shows how Michael Myers became a cold blooded, pyscho path killer, and Rob Zombie really shows how it happened, which some of the fans have never seen. This movie has a little bit of a star studded cast, Malcolm McDowell plays Dr. Loomis, whom Donald Plesance made the charachter famous, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, as a gun salesman, Brad Dourif who plays a Haddonfield town sheriff, and an cameo apperance of Danielle Harris who played Laurie Strode's daughter in Halloween 4 and 5, plays Annie, and last but not least the adult Michael Myers is played by Tyler Mane, who's known to some people as the charachter Sabretooth in the first X-Men movie. Rob Zombie surely made a really good movie from start to finish, and fans or horror movies will indeed enjoy this.
LISAS2010 More than 1 year ago
I was extremely disappointed by the "Halloween" remake since the original film is one of my all-time favorites. I am a fan of Rob Zombies music and I feel that he totally butchered this film to make it relatively unbearable to watch. This is an unnecessary remake like "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street". "Halloween" is one of very few films that can't be remade and hopefully after Mr. Zombie's attempt failed, no one else will try again in the future.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rob Zombie really improved on this classic! He gave us insight into Micheal's upbringing & why he turned into a killer. Sure it's bloody but what do you expect? It's Rob Zombie! It was nice to see Sherri Moon as a loving mom.
Wade1000 More than 1 year ago
I saw this film because I (regrettably) have seen all Halloween sequels. This version bastardizes the John Carpenter classic. Carpenter's version was based on suspense absent of gore & possessing minimal profanity & nudity. The acting performances were much better. Zombie looks like Charles Mansion & his films are filled with savage, brutal violence, heavy profanity, nudity, & incompetant acting. It seems the current trend in H.Wood these days is remaking a franchise after it's been decimated by inferior sequels (eg. Stark Trek, Batman, & Friday13th). Young Micheal Myers in Zombie's version is portrayed as a fat, foul-mouthed, hippie kid living in an abusive white trash family. No wonder he's mental! He grows to become a 6'7 mute who kills anything which gets in his way. The original Myers was a guy of average height endowed with supernatural abilities who's methodical in his killings. Thus, more interesting than the boring one demensional loser in Zombie's mindless remake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When making a classic... There is always a fatal flaw... NEVER remake a John Carpenter classic. The power of the original was it being subtle and creepy. The gore, barely there, all in your mind... This remake, does in fact have some good things going for it. The writer-director's wife plays Michael Myers mom... She is actually quite good. Danielle Harris plays Annie (Nancy Loomis from the original) and is awesome, as usual. Malcolm McDowell is pretty good as Dr. Loomis, but has no where near the intensity of the late great Donald Pleasance. But, fatally... the worst performance is turned in by Scout Taylor-Compton. I will take Jamie Lee Curtis in her worst (there aren't any) performance of all time before Taylor-Compton's GODAWFUL Laurie Strode. There are some moments you think she is going to get better, then... it get's worse. Though the violence is quite brutal and extreme... does this Michael Myers really have to OBLITERATE his victims? The violence is pretty difficult to take in this pic. The score, which uses John Carpenter's classic themes was composed by Tyler Bates. He has scored 300, the remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD, etc. I was looking forward to the score based on his resume. However, the score is merely, ok... Some decent performances, some terrifying violence add up to an ok time filler... but in the end, I predict I will just go back and watch the original before watching this again. Footnote... Why is it the worst cliche in movies had to have a huge scene in this pic? The case of the asylum workers who brutally rape the young female patients? Give me a break.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a purest at heart when it comes to remakes of classics, so when I watched Rob Zombie's reimagined vision of a John Carpenter classic, I was frustrated. Don't get me wrong I give Zombie great credit for his vision, where he actually did Micheal Myers some justice. However this version suffers from some cheesy acting and the dialogue didn't feel genuine enough. Aside from the minor script and acting flaws, the ending didn't leave me wanting to see what would happen next as it's predecessor. I'm not saying in any way that this film should play out like the original, because this is Zombie's own vision. It's just that there are some pieces that I felt brought this reencarnation down a notch. Rob Zombie has definitely introduced Halloween to a new audience by ressurecting the original story and rearranging it slightly. But I think the new viewers need to go back in time and study the first one. I give Halloween 2007 a mild recommendation simply because I love the first series and because this version has some potential of becoming a cult hit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good background details on Mike's past. But where the heck were the other town's people on what should be the busiest night of all, Halloween ?
music_reading3997 More than 1 year ago
a sick person with a twisted mind!!
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