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Halloween: A Rob Zombie Film
Screenplay and Directed by: Rob Zombie
Anytime I’ve been asked this in the past its never been that difficult of an answer for me. “HALLOWEEN!!!” is usually how I respond. However in 2007 when Rob Zombie decided to take on the project for himself with his own interpretation, not so many people were as equally excited. Probably because, who would want anyone to try to mess with a classic? Knowing that Zombie had been a part of “horror porn” as called, (which is always open to interpretation) which can be difficult to watch, let alone slaughtered left and right. If you are a fan of Zombie or at least know songs and projects that stream from his past, what else do you really expect from him? I personally enjoyed his view on Michael Myers and thought he added a depth to the character that had been missing for over 40 years. Is it so hard to believe that a monster such as Michael Myers would not have had a difficult lifestyle? That he was troubled because of his surrounding and that slowly it was all building up to become the killer he evolved to.
You also get the Rob Zombie cast that we’re used to seeing with a few guest surprises that will make ya go “hey, it’s that guy;” Danny Trejo, the lovely Danielle Harris from the 4th and 5th Halloween and Daryl Sabara, Juni from the Spy Kids movies. The lead role stares Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode who did an okay job but certainly was not why this movie will be remembered. I mean how can you really get any better than Jamie Lee-Curtis herself. That’s fact , and why she was known as the scream queen!! Malcolm McDowell plays Dr. Loomis who as most know, was the doctor that treated Michael Myers while in the mental hospital. He tries to get through to him and figure out what exactly made him the way he is and if it was at all possible for him to know any other way. Which, 10 movies will obviously tell you that is not the case with ‘ol mikey here. McDowell who, rarely if in fact even turns down a role; not that I mind. I feel he breezes through the movie industry business with this “cool” of which no one can take away from him. Also having the pleasure of seeing him speak in a Q and A, as he speaks effortlessly and uses his comic solace to let whoever he is speaking to know that he’s been there, done that, and loved every moment he’s experienced.
What I like about Rob Zombie and his films is that he not only makes his movies extremely gritty and in your face, but that he makes sure he takes you to the edge, and lets you go without any hesitation. There’s a relationship that Zombie has created between the mother and her son that is greatly in part of why Myers does what he does. The first almost 40 mins of the movie are dedicated to displaying the type of relationship that they have. The bully he beats at school was because of what he mentions about his mother. The reason him and his step-dad fight is because of how he treated her. Myers insanity caused his mother so much hurt and anguish that she put an end to her pain the only way she felt could. In that action, Myers turns into the monster he was always destined to be. After that point in the film; after Zombie took a 5 min segment and stretched it 35 minutes to add more depth into the story, how do you not appreciate that as a fan? Opening up 15 years later in the jail cell of this poor sick and twisted kid viewing the several masks put on display around the room; a chill came over my spine as I thought.. Shit’s bout to get real *headnodheadnod*. He fades in and out of the rest of the movie with the original theme song and scenes that feel familiar, giving it that homely appreciation for myself in knowing I’m not just watching some ordinary remake but someone who liked the original as much as I did, while displaying his own interpretation. Myers was made completely indestructible and unforgiving as he towered at what had to be 7 feet taking hold whenever on-screen. When you get in the last 30 minutes it becomes a roller coaster ride of false endings and relentless fear that easily takes you to the edge of your seat. So why does a Director taking a story and constructing it in his own make him such a bad guy? I guess it depends on what kind of movie fan you are. Bottom line being that Rob Zombie did a great job of directing this film and was sure to keep it classic even though he made it his own. Continuing to do so while directing the second installment of the series of which I will be following up with.