Directed by Rob Zombie, this reimagining of the original Halloween horror flick finds Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) erroneously released from the mental institution where he's been committed since he was 10 years old. Immediately returning to Haddonfield, Myers looks for his little sister, Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) - and has no qualms about killing anyone who crosses his path. -netflix
I held off on watching this for quite a while, partly because of the uproar from alot of horror fans. But since I was on a Rob Zombie horror film kick, I thought it was high time to give it a viewing. Alot of the grumbling that I have heard about this film revolves around the word remake. After watching this movie, I feel that it is not so much a remake as it was a modern retelling, or reimagining of a classic. Given the rash of horror movie remakes going on in Hollywood, somehow we all knew that Halloween would be on the list of films to redo. If someone was going to revisit this movie I am glad it was Rob Zombie. I felt he was respectful to the original in not trying to recreate it line by line and scene by scene. Instead, he expanded on the back-story for Michael Myers while he was a child, and then took the ensuing mayhem into the future. He delved into the mind of little Mikey Myers to reveal what made him tick and what drove him to don a mask and kill.
This modern version of Halloween contained quite a bit of Rob Zombie's normal cast, including his wife (Sheri Moon Zombie). Some other Zombie favorites had bit parts... like Sid Haig, Danny Trejo, Ken Foree and Bill Moseley... although I would have liked to see them having bigger roles in the film. I also thought it was great that he cast Danielle Harris as one of Laurie's friends, she was the very cute girl (and now friggin hot) from Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.
The effects were very well done, with alot of blood and brutality for those gore lovers. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has seen one of Zombie's other films... as he likes to give the feel of a good old 70's slasher. There was also a decent amount of nudity, which is always a plus. The acting was well done and the flow of the scenes kept me sufficiently enthralled throughout. I really enjoyed this movie. I know I will take a lot of flack from people because of that, but I do not feel that this retelling has sullied the good name of Halloween... and it certainly didn't traumatize me as a fan of the original. If anything, I think this film adds to the legacy of the Halloween series and does great justice to a great monster movie. If someone was going to get their hands on the Halloween franchise, and you know someone was going to, all horror fans should be glad it was Rob Zombie. Do yourself a favor and give this one a chance.