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After seven sequels, John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 slasher flick gets a straight-ish remake courtesy of Rob Zombie. Rather than the knowing, high-gloss mode favoured by some revamps of vintage titles, Zombie takes things seriously, with nasty results. The brief prologue of Carpenter’s original – in which the juvenile Michael Myers slaughters his family – is expanded to a half-hour anatomy of budding psychopathy, set around the time of the original and presented with surprising realism. The story proper, in which Myers (Tyler Mane) escapes and returns home to slaughter a bunch of kids on Halloween, is played similarly straight. Numerous elements from Carpenter’s film are resurrected – the mask, score, suburban locale, certain shots and slayings – but that film’s suspense and playfulness give way to relentless dread and unusually credible, black-blooded brutality. It’s inanely-scripted exploitation, sure, but this ‘Halloween’ doesn’t trivialise; it even returns with sympathy to one victim minutes after the attack that has left her bleeding on the floor.

By: Ben Walters


Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday September 28 2007
Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Rob Zombie
Screenwriter: Rob Zombie
Cast: Malcolm McDowell
Scout Taylor-Compton
Brad Dourif
Daeg Faerch
Sheri Moon
William Forsythe
Danielle Harris
Kristina Klebe
Udo Kier
Danny Trejo
Clint Howard
Tyler Mane

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

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Lil Bill

The only good thing about this movie was boobies. But then again, why waste $5 on that while you can go on cinemax and see it. I think Rob Zombie would do better directing in the porn industry. And that's not a compliment. This movie doesn't even deserve one star.


Malcolm MacDowell needed a lion's set of choppers to chew through some of the half-assed dialogue he's lumbered with here. At one point, reproaching a pair of hapless asylum suits he believes are culpable for killer Myers' earlier escape, MacDowell's Loomis stops at the door and, rather hilariously, warns them: "He is mad who trusts in the tameness of the wolf." Here as elsewhere the script bungles cringingly where the original Halloween offered an air of eloquent fatalism. Comparisons are inevitable. Unlike John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Zombie and co seem uncertain as to what they want to achieve. Why does it make sense to encourage us the audience into an empathetic relationship with Myers? Where Carpenter's late 70s effort neatly avoided any attempts at explaining Myers' psychology, much of the emphasis here is on his suffering (abused at home/bullied at school) as well as there being ample time dedicated to his early incarceration. Added to which, the familial arrangement lacks credibility. Would his sweet-natured and apparently loyal mother (Ms Zombie, Sherry Moon) endure or make her children endure with such a terribly abusive spouse? The vacuity of much of the characterisation means also that most of the main players don't even register. And then there's Zombie's approach to directing, which favours that ugly, Michael Bay-style imagery, thrown together with fever-pitch freneticism, accompanied by maximum audio. But that's Bay for you. The chimes of American horror cinema's death knell grow louder with each crime perpetrated by his brand of aesthetic thuggery...


The 1978 original and this 2007 version are polar opposites but share (more-or-less) the same plot, characters and locale. I must stress that I have no problem with remakes, they are a perfectly valid form of cinema. That's not to say that many of them are particularly good but if it weren't for Universal we wouldn't have had Hammer and so on. The main problem with Zombie's effort is that it just isn't scary, it's savage and bloody and filmed in a hand-held and raggedy style. I'm quite a wuss when it comes to Horror but I didn't feel the need to look through the cracks of my fingers at all. The director creates a back-story for ol' Mikey but are we therefore meant to sympathise with the character? The 3 girls (Laurie et al) are annoying and tedious in the extreme as they squeak, shreik and cuss their way through the film. Carpenter famously made a film devoid of gore but still managed to make people jump, give me Carpenter over this perfunctory retelling any day of the week. Not terrible but not very good either: strictly for Zombies only.


Truly one of the worst films I've even seen. Some of the worst dialogue I've ever heard and completely lacking in suspense and scares. In fact, the movie is boring from start to finish.


kinda good but the original 1 is better dan dis i cud tel u its absoloutley rubbish way over the top


Decent enough remake with Rob Zombie's on spin on it but don't expect anything new from this slasher horror


completly over the top, i had 2 walk out of the cinema, you have to be ick in the head to watch something like this. good horro bt no stoy to it at all


Worst film ever!!! Totally gruesome and over the top-no build up of suspense either. Get it out of the cinemas quick before anyone else wastes their money


Im a die hard Michael Myers fan. I personally thought in this Halloween, u kinda feel sorry for Michael. His family treat him like sh**. But at the end of the day, it was a good movie.