Halloween (2007)

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Halloween (2007)
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"I'm not listening, aaaaaarrh!"
Genre: Horror
Slasher
Starring: Malcolm McDowell
Sheri Moon Zombie
Tyler Mane
Scout Taylor-Compton
Brad Dourif
Danielle Harris
William Forsythe
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films
Release Date: August 31, 2007
Runtime: 110 minutes (Theatrical cut)
121 minutes (Director's cut)
Country: United States
Sequel: Halloween II


Halloween is a 2007 Rob Zombie remake of the 1978 horror-thriller classic of the same name and the overall ninth installment of the Halloween film franchise.

Summary

After being committed to a mental institution for 17 years, Michael Myers is now a grown man and still very dangerous. He escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.

Bad Qualities

  1. The first half of the film is just Michael Myers as a kid and shows him being an "angsty emo teenager" having a stereotypical and clichéd "messed up childhood results in homicidal maniac" backstory than a mysterious one.
  2. It is extremely an unfaithful reimagining of the original 1978 film with horrible grasps of that material.
    • It even changes Michael killing her older sister, Judith in her bed, instead of her room desk.
    • Loomis is a novelist.
    • Michael's father does not appear in the film and is replaced by an ill tempered alcholic man named Ronnie White.
    • Michael's mother is a stripper and shoots herself instead of an automobile accident.
  3. The film gives Michael way too much character and backstory, which just takes away the mysterious evil that lurks within him.
  4. The fact that we see Michael as a child talk also takes away what made him so intimidating.
  5. The dialogue relies too much on profanity in rated R movie standards.
  6. The film contains several stereotypes, like how young Michael Myers was basically an "edgy, weird kid that everyone hates".
  7. Several plot holes here and there in the film, like how Michael was able to bury his mask and knife under a wooden floor shortly after killing three people in his house.
  8. A few of the characters have changed significantly, such as Lynda (who was a cheery, likable teen girl in the original) became a very bitchy, foul-mouthed and somewhat rude person in the remake.
  9. The fact that Michael actually cares about his long-lost sister, Laurie Strode, instead of trying to kill her is another disloyalty to Michael’s character.
  10. A few of the characters from Michael’s childhood (like his mom’s boyfriend, Ronnie, and older sister, Judith) are extremely unlikable and are basically the reason he became who he currently is as an adult.
  11. Some of the scenes are completely stolen from the original, like how Michael stalks Laurie Strode outside her window at school and disappears in the next shot just like it.
  12. The infamous scene where two custodians rape a young woman in a cell, in fact the scene itself is almost entirely pointless, with the exception over how Michael escapes, other than for shock value and just feels mostly cheap. It also makes Michael is a a little less scary as a scene like makes you root for him to actually kill the two. However, this is only in the Director's Cut.
  13. Another infamous scene, though not as infamous as the previously mentioned one, in which Laurie begins teasing her adopted mother, Cynthia Strode, while she finger humps a bagel, as her adopted mother begs her to stop. However, this is also only in the Director's Cut.

Good Qualities

  1. While not as good as the original, the actors' performances are still pretty decent, like Tyler Mane's performance as Michael Myers, Malcolm McDowell's performance as Dr. Loomis, and Scout Taylor-Compton’s performance as Laurie Strode.
  2. The death scenes are still (probably even more) brutal, such as the scene where Michael beats his bully to death with a tree branch or the part where Michael duct-tapes his stepfather, Ronnie, to a chair before slitting his throat with a kitchen knife.
  3. Michael's mask and attire designs are very creepy.
  4. They got Danielle Harris (who played Jamie Lloyd from the original Halloween series) to play a role in this remake as Annie Brackett, and her performance is pretty good.
  5. It's somewhat better than some of the previous films like Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween: Resurrection.
  6. Most of the soundtrack is pretty good and sounds very close to the original.
  7. The scene where Michael's mother kills herself is very heartbreaking to watch.
  8. A few scenes are actually quite better and more brutal than the original, like the scenes where Michael kills the entire mental institution staff before escaping and how we get to see Michael kill the man (Joe Grizzly) who he took his clothes from.
  9. Dr. Samuel Loomis is surprisingly more likeable in the Director's Cut more so than the Theatrical Cut, as he's shown to really want to help Michael Myers from his psychopathic mind while showing a lot of guilt over how he failed to help him. He also even pleads nicely to let Laurie go after Michael's got a hold of her, as well as willing to prevent him from killing anyone else.
  10. Ismael is a likeable character because he cares and helps Michael Myers at Smith's Grove and seeing him get killed by Michael is sad.

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