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Halloween
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Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Daeg Faerch, Sheri Moon Zombie, Scout Taylor-Compton, Hanna Hall
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Dimension Films
Web Site: www.halloween-themovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Only if you might want them to kill you with a butcher knife in the middle of the night.
Date Movie: She'll either laugh a lot at how stupid the teens are, or will get frightened and hold you.
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of teens with hormones getting it on, with the girls showing their boobies.
Gratuitous Violence: Duh.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: If you're older you'll chuckle at times, unless you're my sister who will probably scream.
Memorable Scene: The school kids taunting Michael with a photo of his stripper mom.
Memorable Quote: Nothing stood out.
Directed By: Rob Zombie
Produced By: Malek Akkad, Andy Gould, Rob Zombie

Halloween
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:49 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
If only Michael Myersí sister wasnít such a horn-dog and would have taken her little brother trick-or-treating then maybe lots of lives might have been saved. Nope, she had to get it on with her boyfriend Ė her mistake, but we see her boobs. The movie is "Halloween," itís a remake/revisiting of the original, and I donít give a damn what anyone else says, Rob Zombie made a movie pretty true to the horror genre developed by the likes of "Friday the 13th," "Halloween" (the original), and "Nightmare on Elm Street."

First off let me admit that I donít remember the original "Halloween" in great detail, mostly because I probably havenít seen it in like 20 years. I was 11 when it originally was released, and having good parents, there was no way they were going to let me go and see it, but the basic story is the same: Michael Myers, one night as a younginí (Daeg Faerch), goes totally nuts and kills his step-dad, his sister Judith (Hanna Hall), along with the sisterís boyfriend. Michael gets sent to the loony bin under the care of Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell), but the good doctor canít break into the psyche of Michael, realizes there is nothing but evil in him, and deserts Michael to write a book.

Of course itís many years later, Michael breaks out of the loony bin and heads back to his hometown to do some more killing on Halloween, looking to find his baby sister, Boo, who is now Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton), and unfortunately for Laurie, she was never told of her familyís past (she was adopted by the Strode family). When she might actually have had a chance to not go through anymore hell, sadly she doesnít recognize her brother.

Lots of "purists" are questioning a "Halloween" remake, but I have to say that it was refreshing just to see a horror movie again where simplicity is the key in the killings, at the hand of a giant knife or a baseball bat, lots of kids in high school are having sex, the girls get topless, they are all pretty stupid, and the girls can scream with the best of them. And, oh yea, no one ever truly finishes off the crazy killer when they have the chance. For a new generation of kids who havenít seen the classics us older folks remember, maybe itís time to re-visit them, and I thought Rob Zombie did a great job.

The other thing Rob Zombie did, but I thought he actually fell a little short, was he delved into why Michael Myers turned into the psychopath he became. Mom (Rob Zombieís hot wife, Sheri Moon Zombie) is a stripper, the step-dad is an abusive alcoholic who ogles Judith, Judith is pretty much a slut, and Michael constantly gets picked on in school, with momís profession not helping any. As Dr. Loomis puts it, Michael is in the perfect storm of outside influences to create a monster.

The movie has plenty of screaming, lots of girls getting topless, some suspense, stupid people, and lots of quality kills - What else do you want in a classic horror flick? Personally, though, I think Zombie missed the boat by not doing more of a prequel, profiling Michael growing up as a toddler up to the point he decided to gut his sister, ending the film there. Sure it might have been harder to insert stupid teenagers having sex and getting naked, but a creepier movie might have been seeing the abuse Michael takes from birth (there was a slight, incestuous undertone as Michael stroked his finger up his sister's leg before he kills her), how his passion for killing animals develops (maybe Zombie didn't want to piss off PETA), how Michael seemed to develop the dual personalities (hinted at during the scenes in the sanitarium where he doesnít remember killing his sister), end ending with the climactic massacre at the Myersí household. Thatís just me.

A great film in the horror genre of the late 1970ís and early 1980ís, so Iím going to give Rob Zombieís take on "Halloween" 4 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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