Halloween (2007)

Director Rom Zombie took on the challenge of writing his own version of a 1978 horror classic the story of Michael Myers. Zombie decided to start at the beginning when Myers was a 10 year old child; in detail he shows how and why Myers killed his family.  From the beginning of the film the audience learns that Myers lives in an unstable environment and starts taking it out on animals the child who is fascinated with mask gets into a fight with a kid at school and the killing begins. The film then jumps to Myers who has been committed to a hospital and spends his days talking with Doctor Loomis played by Malcolm McDowell who is most famous for his work in A Clock Work Orangeand several over projects. In one of the last visits with the doctor a young 10 year old kills a nurse and never speaks again. “The machine” Myers  finally breaks out of the hospital and after an hour into the film the character of Lori Strode (his baby sister) is introduced Myers chases after her in many scenes that are extremely dark and hard to see, but the ending is a surprise as Myers is shot, but how and where is the surprise.

The movie follows the standard horror antics where the token African-American man from the 70s gets it and the teenagers who partake in premarital relations also get it in the end. Another defence between the original and the Zombie version is the other friend of Lori’s whose’s babysitting down the street(played by the little girl who was in Halloween 4 and 5) survives.

The movie is entertaining and interesting if your a fan of the Halloween series; if you expect the movie to be a direct remake then you will be disappointed. If your a Lori Strode fan then you will be disappointed as the focus is on Michael Myers. Another interesting part of the story is the music as each song has a significant meaning to move the story.  I would recommend seeing the movie.

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  1. If I may further add…in typical Zombie fashion, the film resonates of abuse, neglect, sexual and psychological dysfunction – an accepted normalcy in Zombie films; and although much more visually disturbing than the 1978 original, these aspects actually play well together in understanding the maniacal development of Myers to a deeper extent than does Carpenter’s classic – creating a frightening yet almost sympathetic character.

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