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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween (2007) - Rob Zombie

A brutal eulogy to the Halloween empire built on the back of one successful movie in 1978. Rob Zombie takes his unusual style of horror-core to another level with his obvious love for the basis material for his movie. Rob Zombie loves horror movies like Kid Rock loves crap. So you know that when he has the opportunity to shower his movie in blood and guts, that's what you're gonna get. Of course wherever Mr. Zombie goes his entourage of horror icons from yesteryear are right in tow. In addition to the new Laurie Strode, Ms. Scout Taylor-Compton. We also have: Malcom McDowell, Tyler Mane, William Forsythe, Danny Trejo, Bill Mosley, Tom Towels, Brad Dourif, Clint Howard, Richard Lynch, Udo Kier, Dee Wallace, Ken Foree, Mickey Dolenz, Sid Haig, even a Halloween franchise alum Danielle Harris... and of course, with him as always Sheri Moon. 

This all-star cast is shoved into this awkwardly thorough interpretation of the Michael Myers babysitter murders. We delve deep into the background of what made Michael Myers who he is. From childhood all the way until the Michael Myers that we know now. The adult Michael Myers. The movie makes you pitty Michael. He becomes a product of the system and is exploited by Dr. Loomis his psychiatrist. Then we jump into the movie as you know it. Laurie Strode and her friends are brutally murdered at the hands of this psychotic madman. Bent on killing his little sister. 

This remake clocks in at a lengthy 109 minuets and loads you with content. Almost too much all at once. You get so much character development it's practically the only thing running the movie. Rob does like to have his brutality extra bloody and always tries to add in elements of realism to catch the viewer and make them squirm in their seats. He does a great job at it. The knife fight with Big Joe Grizzly is a great example. It makes me weak to watch Michael Myers manhandle this Bear of a man and then slice him up.

Fantastically shot and edited. Of course parts of it look like a music video. In that matter the soundtrack is pretty awesome. Really good music that sets the time in each scene. Dare I say it. I actually liked Rob Zombie's Halloween. Some of the dialogue, well most of the dialogue is horrible. But it more than makes up for it with how scary it is. I like it because Rob Zombie knows just what the perfect horror movie needs and gives it to you. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to say otherwise. 
I heard that on Halloween night, the boogeyman comes out at night and attacks kids. 
  •  Emma Stone auditioned for the role of Laurie Strode.
  • The movie's production was delayed due to the death of Moustapha Akkad, the producer of all 8 previous movies. Akkad died of severe injuries as a result from the terrorist attacks at Jordan in 2005.  
  • The film underwent re-shoots as a result of poor test screenings. These included a new escape for Micheal from the hospital as well as an alternate ending. 

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