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Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2007)

Posted in 2012 with tags , , , , , on November 25, 2012 by 42ndego

As a fan of horror I see a lot of my longtime favorite classic (70s 80s 90s) horror films remade. So,  I am comparing the remakes with their  classics.   Today’s subject : Halloween.   *cue Michael Myers theme song*

The facts:

The OG Halloween film was key in pioneering  the teenage slasher genre. Michael Myers predates Freddy, Jason and pinhead. This film established “The Rules” … as in the rules to surviving a horror movie  illustrated by Seth Green in “Scream”.  The original Halloween also launched the career of Jamie Lee Curtis.

The Rob Zombie Halloween was a box office success, to the tune of $80 million.  The film featured the usual suspects from Zombie’s other movies. ( William Forsythe, Danny Trejo, Sheri Moon Zombie, even a brief appearance from Captain Spaulding himself,  Sid Haig.)

Here’s the opinions:

* Carpenter’s Halloween makes use of putting the camera in the killer’s perspective as a method to build tension in the audience. This film pioneered all different kinds of methods to scare the shit outta you without pimping the cheap shots, like abusing the gore or trying to make the antagonist a gaudy spectacle. The talented Mr. Carpenter went with a less is more approach with Michael Myers, turning man into a faceless shape making him the embodiment of “the boogeyman.” This faceless shape spawned 6 sequels, (Halloween had 7 sequels, but part 3 has no Michael.) Comic books, multiple novels, action figures, and even an atari video game. …all this off a character that doesn’t say a word in any of the films.

*Rob Zombie’s Halloween had the best intentions. I truly believe that Mr. Zombie remade this film for the love of horror. Zombie’s approach to Michael (showing Myer’s life and personality as a kid) is a unique idea, but kinda takes away from the faceless shape feeling of the original film. This version has  Michael surrounded by Zombie’s trademark elements of alcoholism, abuse, perversion and lots of fuckin cuss words.  Dunno,  maybe its just me, but i think its a little creepier under the idea that Michael Myers’ family came straight out of an L.L. Bean catalogue.

 

*one final note for extra measure :

The sequel to the remake starts off almost like its a remake of Halloween 2, but then dives off in a STUPID direction, making Michael’s mother the driving force behind his fury, commanding him as a ghostly vision atop a white horse.  Mas puto!  Michael Myers is not commanded by his mother…  Jason is.  It is the evil voodoo Samhain black magic from the cult of thorn that fuels Mr. Myers. Fuckin voodoo magic.

Rob Zombie had a hard task when he decided to remake a classic.  He did as he saw fit. His first remake was interesting in its own fashion.   I’m a fan of his other films, so the cast was identifiable, and for the most part likable. The sequel to the remake can suck my balls after about the first 15 minutes.  BUT… My love for the original is strong so I’m a tough customer to sell. when Rob Zombie remade it, he did an adequate job.  I just see a remake as kinda flimsy when they already made H2O, bringing in original players for a 20 year reunion. (At least that one had LLcoolJ)

– The Creep 

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