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Quint says "I Told Ya' So!"

Published at: Aug. 31, 2007, 6:17 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Despite my troubles with the script, despite my dislike of the clips and trailers I’ve seen, I went into tonight’s midnight screening of HALLOWEEN with a tiny kernel of hope. I knew it wasn’t going to be the film I wanted it to be, but I had hope that the arguments coming from Zombie and his fans since my script review hit had some validity. They had basically said, “This isn’t John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, this is not a remake, it’s a reimagining. This is Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN.” My hope was that I’d like Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN the same way I like Zack Snyder’s DAWN OF THE DEAD. It’s not the original, not even by a close margin, but it’s a damn fine piece of entertainment and a showcase for an interesting filmmaker to display his talents. I can honestly say that after the credits rolled on Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN I felt it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. It was worse. What hit me as I was watching it was that the core argument about this not being a remake of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN was completely invalid. If the film had only been the Michael Myers as a kid part, then that argument would have been valid, but about an hour and twenty minutes into the movie Zombie pretty much Gus Van Sant’s it, but on a much more condensed level. We get a 25 minute reel of an almost shot for shot, line for line remake of HALLOWEEN before a crazy new ending. Let’s backtrack a little bit. The audience was full of people wearing DEVIL’S REJECTS and White Zombie T-shirts. Lots of tats and piercings. It wasn’t a crazy, rowdy audience, but there was definitely excitement in the line waiting outside. One of the most entertaining parts of my movie going experience tonight was looking back at the theater and seeing the crowd’s reaction. I’d say it was a healthy mix of pissed off faces and bored faces. There was one lady sitting behind me that never changed her expression (that of a woman who just walked in on her husband in bed with her sister) throughout the entire film and it made me laugh every time I looked back. The pacing of the movie is probably its biggest problem outside of the traditionalists’ disconnect from the remake. It’s an hour and five minutes before we see grown up Michael Myers and the movie ends up with a total runtime of over 2 hours and it feels like much more. Myers’ parents are every bit as white trash as I expected from the script review, but even William Forsythe couldn’t save the early part of the movie. There’s no subtlety to the characters. Every one of them is loud, every one of them is mean… in short, they’re all caricatures. That in and of itself isn’t a killer, especially in this genre, but we are never given anybody to relate to, not even in the DEVIL’S REJECTS “These are sleaze-bags, but damn are they fun to watch!” way. I couldn’t believe what I was watching in the beginning. It really did border on parody. For instance… the night of Halloween we have Michael’s mom going off to work as a stripper, so she can’t take him out Trick Or Treating. She tells Judith, his sister, to do it, but instead Judith just fucks her boyfriend. Michael’s stepfather passes out on the coach, but not before calling him a faggot a couple of times. Little Michael sits in front of his house, his empty pumpkin Trick Or Treat bag next to him as LOVE HURTS by Nazareth blares through the theater’s speakers. This is all intercut with Mommy stripping and Judith fucking her boyfriend and little Michael looking sad. Seriously. No, really. Zombie did seem to try to change up his script since I read it. Gone is the jerking off to dead animals (don’t worry, they still feature prominently, just not as spank material), gone is little tape-recorder he uses to record his killing of said animals, gone is adult Michael speaking, gone is Loomis telling a colleague about Michael’s “Gotta Take A Shit Mask,” and gone is the ending where adult Michael Myers is gunned down by the coppers as little Michael Myers sings a song about loving ice cream and candy and won’t you be his friend. I’m not kidding about that, either. At one point that was the ending to this movie. My buddy Kraken had a theory when he saw the first trailer that Rob Zombie didn’t actually want to remake Halloween. He wanted to remake THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. He was more right than he knew. Myers is huge, brutal. He even throws open a heavy sliding door like Leatherface in the climax of the flick. And if you see the flick and don’t think of TCM at the very end then you probably haven’t seen the original CHAINSAW MASSACRE. I know that me saying I didn’t like Zombie’s HALLOWEEN isn’t a surprise, but I can only tell you that I wasn’t expecting to be won over, but hoping to be, if that makes any sense. I had a few things to hold on to and first and foremost was Malcolm McDowell as Loomis. I thought from the beginning that McDowell in that role was inspired casting, so you can imagine my disappointment when I saw Zombie directed McDowell into his career worst performance. I don’t know if it was just the dialogue he had to spew or what, but he felt so awkward with the words he had to say. His wardrobe went from atrocious to pretty cool… he starts off looking like Beavis & Butt-Head’s hippy teacher and at the end he gets the trademark trenchcoat. The kid who played young Michael was never intriguing. He either was too evil or too innocent. Again, he felt awkward whether it was him screaming out obscenities or saying “I love you” to his mom. The three girls (Laurie, Lynda and Annie) are all beautiful, but are just horrible. I’m sorry, but the original girls were all their own characters. I wouldn’t ever say that Nancy Loomis turned in a great performance as Annie in the original film, but I will say that she invested enough into her character that you really were afraid for her. Scout Taylor-Compton is a very gorgeous girl and comes off as very sweet, but doesn’t get much to work with. The whole Haddonfield rampage is so rushed that none of them get a chance to be anything but walking tits that call each other “Bitches” a whole lot. If all you want out of a horror movie is tits, ass and blood then you might like this movie. I do appreciate getting some extended topless Danielle Harris and Hanna Hall scenes, don’t get me wrong, but I would have liked it so much more if it was in the context of a movie with any atmosphere whatsoever. I wasn’t alone in my opinion it seems. When the film ended the entire audience was quiet with one guy in the far back of the theater clapping for about three seconds. It was a midnight screening and by the time I got out to the lobby there was not one group that stayed around to talk about it. The place was dead, something that never happens at these midnight screenings. Everything I was worried about from the script review was there. By demystifying Michael Myers they made him boring. His size worked against him... It's easier to turn off any investment you have when a giant hulking brute tears apart a house trying to get at the girl... a girl you don't get time to like or give a shit about in the first place. The foundation was bad and it showed through, despite some last minute changes to the wall-paper. So, those are my thoughts. I’m sure a lot of you will be seeing the movie this weekend, so feel free to comment on it below. Now it’s time for me to hit some updates before I crash for the night. Keep an eye to the site! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:05 a.m. CST

    PRIMERO!!!

    by Sleeperkid

    That means FIRST. And bless you, Quint...for seeing past the hype and calling a shitty remale for what it is. -SK www.sleeperkidsworld.com

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:09 a.m. CST

    first

    by rollin2001uk

    please!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:09 a.m. CST

    bastard!!!!

    by rollin2001uk

    goddammit!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:11 a.m. CST

    self fulfilling prophecy

    by hktelemacher

    Shocker. There was just no way Quint ever woulda coulda liked it. I'm sure he could counter with a laundry list of what-if's that would have made it the bees knees for him, but I just feel it in my bones that no matter what it was or wasn't he would have hated it. And that's cool. I haven't seen it yet so maybe he's spot-on, but this was a marked movie from day one. In my heart of hearts I'm just hoping Zombie's next remake is of Jaws so this new feud can continue ever on into history.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Can we just skip apologizing for this one?

    by IndustryKiller!

    And just all agree, as a community, that its garbage and a bad idea from the beginning. Seriously let's just all do that, because its as close to a fact a film opinions can get, and avoid the fighting. I'm still worn out from Transformers.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:19 a.m. CST

    it really is a piece of shit...

    by rollin2001uk

    why let him touch halloween, he doesnt understand it! how? how? fucking Halloween H20 was superb compared to this trash, at least that treated the characters with respect, but noooooooooooo lets put a rape scene in thats good?!? thank god they took it out but why did he think it was a good idea, why redneck the entire family? it was so much scarier and stillis the thought that this evil killing machine was raised in a happy enviroment with nothing to turn him.instead we get the usual abuse story, which may be truer to life, however it doesnt make it half as scary or interesting. and whats worst you get udo kier, ken foree, sherri moon all in it instead of actors. sure its great to write and direct movies with your friends in but this was halloween and you fuckedit up zombie YOU FUCKED IT UP.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Nothing to see here, move along !

    by barnaby jones

    We knew this shit was gonna down, now lets pretend Zombie's latest abortion never happened.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Spot on review.

    by Brendan3

    After seeing this horrible remake, you put int words what I was trying to say to some friends. What made Michael Myers truly enacing in the original wasn't just his emotionless methodical way he killed... it was that there was no explanation for him. Loomis called him a monster, pure evil, that could not be explained. Michael comes from an average American hme with a normal family and is for reasons beyond understanding, he becomes an inhuman killing machine. In this crappy remake Michael is given a backstory of abuse and neglect and Loomis explains his progression into becoming a psychopath. Michael is demystified and humanized. And when adult Michael finally returns to Haddonfield it is rushed. I could care less about the three girls I barely met and, in fact, if it ween't for the fact one wore glasses, I would have never been able to tell their characters apart as we cut from one to teh other. The violence, hwever was more gritty and brutal, complete with splatter everywhere, so I'll give the film that. But the ending was awful... and the whole second act was terribly rushed and chaotic.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Audience was pissed that you kept looking back at them

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    I would be. But seriously, did anyone think this was going to be good?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Hey Gudgy

    by shmu65

    Where'd you go? Are you listening to this? You half twit.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Uncle Jesses corn cob pipe!!

    by boyblue

    I say that, but im still not surprised that this film is a dud!! Tooling ahead with out listning to criticism is OK, but tooling ahead with out listning to Constructive criticism not so much!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:44 a.m. CST

    What did you told us? That you didn't understand the...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...script? I read it too and you even put the take-a-shit-mask completely out of context. (It was an annoyed remark by Loomis in the script, like "Hell, this guy has a mask for everything!", but in your "review" it sounded like it was an important part of the movie! So why do I believe you that you have even watched the movie?<br> Judging it from the workprint (I repeat: Just the workprint!) I liked the movie, but it suffered from the same problem that Carpenter's version had: You see Michael's supposed victim and Michael lurking in the background somewhere and a few moments later he strikes. And this a few times in a row. It's just annoying.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Audience was pissed that you kept looking back at them

    by Karl Childers

    Beat me to it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:45 a.m. CST

    yeah i am

    by gudge

    its a well written review that i can agree with alot. it pisses on that other review. but what i want to know is..... what exactly did u all want? i mean, this is where im getting confused. I still enjoyed the film, even if it wasnt amazing. iv not called this film amazing once. all i said was that i liked it. my arguments came from noone giving me a decent point. Quint nailed it, so im not arguing this review. what can i say? maybe its cos im not the biggest Halloween fan in the first place, so im no traditionalist on it - but i do appreciate the original. i would like to know though..... who the hell are you shmu? did i even converse with you at all in that talkback, or u jumping on the hate Gudge bandwagon as well now? I still want to stick my guns and say that Michaels back story proved he was just an evil bastard. His mum loved him, and we have no indication that his stepdad touched him. sure he had problems but the problems on show shouldnt have turned the kid into the Michael Myers we know. So i think it worked - hes still killing for no reason.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:46 a.m. CST

    "Hatchet" comes out in like a week

    by Gozu

    That should be good, although I don't think it'll make as much money as "Halloween." Still one can hope.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST

    SHOULD, not DO, sorry.

    by DerLanghaarige

    "Why SHOULD I believe you, that you have even watched the movie."

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:48 a.m. CST

    PS

    by boyblue

    Im still posting using my Wii, so excuse the Funcked up posts. Plus I think we should all take a leaf out of Quints book and whenever your sat in a cinema watching a film you feel indifferent about, turn round and look at the other peoples expressions, if they start to look like extras from "Demons" its time to leave!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:49 a.m. CST

    OH My God!

    by FILMFUNK

    What an aweful Shock!!!<P>and I thought explaining away the motivations and showing the terrible upbringing of Myers as a kid was a sure fire way to making a movie masterpiece by one of the most inventive and creatively gifted directors working today<P>NOT!<P>If even the zombie fans were bored what chance is there for us mere mortals to enjoy this pointless, shit as fuck Reimajimaking mess of shitness!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:52 a.m. CST

    I agree there...

    by can-D

    I felt somehow the same way as Quint. Except the love hurts part thought it kinda worked. I really had to fight sleep to see it trough. And yes it was the worst performance of mcdowell. Anyway stop making remakes. Hollywood is dead!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Tits, ass and blood?

    by Grando

    I'm there.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Fucking HELL, that sounds seriously WOEFUL

    by quantize

    it sounds like another Zombie massacre of 'film making'...the very idea of the scene being described with the parents sounds like classic Zombie SHIT.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Big Surprise!

    by Dr.Zeus

    Well, is anyone that comes to this site surprised by this revelation?!? Although I have to hand it to Zombie for having balls the size of Kansas to attempt to remake, reimagine, or regurgitate Halloween! The thing he didn't take into consideration, that "no one" in HollyWank Remake Land takes into consideration, is how ingrained these films are in people's heads. It is almost impossible to ever overcome an obstacle of that magnitude. And Rob Zombie's Halloween is just one more reason, in an ever lengthening rope of reasons, that they'll use to hang themselves, instead of "creating" new films for fans to latch on to. Thanks for the review Quint, but I think i'll pass on this one.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Tits, ass and blood?

    by darquelyte

    Sounds like my last family reunion.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    by Talkbacker with no name

    best talkback name ever. well done. have a banana!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Oh it's a flaming lips song

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I take it back, Guy Who Got A Headache! Will have to give the banana to someone else i'm afriad. sorry.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:37 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. the Gotta Take a Shit Mask, 2006 - 2007.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    I though it wasn't in the workprint (though I fast-forwarded through most of it), but I was thinking perhaps "zombie" put it in the final version. Oh well! That's the third celluloid turd that the "zombie" thing vomitted out in just a few years. How many awful non-films does this crackhead need to make until he is universally seen as the sub-Boll that he is?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST

    I'm just amazed...

    by enrique_o_k2000

    You would think if anybody who really liked the original movie were compelled to do a remake, the two most glaring NO-NOs would be obvious: A) Don't try to explain away the mystery of Michael Myers and B) Don't turn it into a standard blood-and-gore-and-tits romp. You would think this would be apparent to ANYBODY. And yet Rob Zombie gleefully dives in and does both of these things very, VERY blatantly. The only thing I can think of is that he knew this was exactly what everyone *doesn't* want to see in a Halloween movie and just enjoys pissing people off. Am I giving him too much credit?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:47 a.m. CST

    I'll wait for the Gotta Take A Shit Mask Director's Cut

    by Pound Sand

    So long as it's released in April

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Blasphemy, total blasphemy

    by Brody77

    Rob Zombie is a twat. Pure & Simple. And so is John Carpenter. After seeing how they raped The Fog, he should have known better. And now I hear the Motherfuckin' Plissken is getting remade? Jesus H Christ, Chief. PS, to the guy who said he hopes Zombie remakes Jaws. That happens, I may actually need to visit the loony bin after a complete breakdown. Make shark movies, hell, make Meg for god's sake (just not with Jan De Bont)- but nobody touches Amity.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    there was never any reason for this

    by El Borak

    it shouldn't have happened. and we all knew it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST

    I just want to watch....

    by mrtwig48

    ...We All Scream for Ice Cream.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:02 a.m. CST

    I been saying it ever since DEVIL'S REJECTS...

    by spud mcspud

    It must really burn Rob Zombie that Marcus Nispel got there first, because every single movie Rob Zombie makes comes out like a remake of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. He must REALLY adore that movie. Maybe he even wears a Leatherface mask when he's GOTTA TAKE A SHIT - who knows???<P> And on, I don't entirely hate the new TCM either - I was MESMERISED by the rack on Jessica Biel in that movie. That was the perfect female body, right there, in that movie. Sooooooooooo HOT!<P> Memories-of-Murder - you are the very model of a modern major gentleman, to mangle Gilbert & Sullivan. You're very gracious to those of us who give reasons to hate Zombie's stuff, and are being very even-tempered about all the negative reviews. So the "I told you so!" stuff goes out to everyone but you. You're a model of restraint and reason, so - kudos to the M-O-M.<P> Now when Bay next releases a movie, I'll be in your shoes. I love Michael Bay's stuff, and you seem to pretty much hate it, and while I won't defend PEARL HARBOUR or THE ISLAND, I love ARMAGEDDON, and if ANYONE wants to get into it with me about the BAD BOYS movies - bring it!<P> See - even the Spud has a guilt shameful bad-movie-I-love. So to you Zombie lovers - it'll be fun to see you defend against all these negative reviews. And The DohDoh, are you sure you're not green and leafy? You're so in love with this movie, I reckon you and Zombie actually share DNA in some way...<P> ROB ZOMBIE - remade - THE DOHDOH!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    and what is up with carpenter?

    by El Borak

    does he just not care? is he out of money? if you're not going to make new movies you let the classics you did make get shat on so you can get paid?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:22 a.m. CST

    RE: El Borak

    by VoxMillennium

    Did you see The Fog remake? Carpenter these days shits on his original movies himself. He co-produced that piece of horse manure. No big surprise though as the guys hasn't made a decent movie in more than 10 years.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Two different movies

    by Timpson

    Why do I think everybody is dogging Rob's version, it's because, we as a society that loves the original Halloween doesn't want to see a "Remake - Redue" and we expect the same retelling of the original. I will see the movie tonight and I have read all reviews, some good and some bad. Am I expecting a shot for shot remake, no. This movie is Rob Zombie's Halloween, not Rob Zombie's presents John Carpenter's Halloween. It is TWO Different movies, with somewhat of a same story line, that happens to have characters from a movie we all love. There are hundreds of movies that tell the same story with different characters and some with the same characters. Maybe Rob should have made Romeo and Juliet with the Meyers' and the Strodes', then maybe you would have like it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Ugh. Very disappionting...

    by buffywrestling

    I was never going to see this in the theater to begin with but reading that Malcom McDowell had his worst performance EVER - even worse than TaNk GiRl ?? - it wounds me in a commonwealth way. At least when he was cast in TV's Heroes, I expected him to act with a certain amount cheese. I will save my opinion for when I see it on movie channel cable, but I will state, emphatically that I dislike remakes. And it is our own fault... <p> Executives, directors, screen writers and producers are showing their age. The films that they loved and inspired them are becoming "classics" and they are trying to "peter pan" themselves and the audience to recapture that feeling. Sometimes I feel like I am penalized for liking a movie too much, if they just go and make another one with the exact same story - but don't we all just cheer if we get a cameo or a callback. This is why we have had a glut of remakes in the past seven years. Not because the story needs re-telling or because it needs a new "edge", but because the "creative" arrogantly thinks that they can tell the story better than what came before. <p> I have news for them: It's not working. <p> Stop it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Surprise surprise

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Movie predicted to be a total piece of shit turns out to be... a total piece of shit. I hope this bombs at the BO. Please. If there is any justice in the world.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:50 a.m. CST

    "McDowell in his career worst performance"

    by C.K. Lamoo

    Wow. That must be really, really low.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I think Zombie's gonna be a Star Trek director.

    by rev_skarekroe

    By which I mean, like the Star Trek series, his films will alternate between sucky and good at a rate of every other film. By this logic, his next movie should be excellent. <p> See also David Fincher.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:02 a.m. CST

    well...

    by Al Delvechio

    The hack made another crappy movie. No big surprise there. At least it kept him out of the recording studio for a while.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    House of 1,000 Corpses remake

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Now there's a film that could use a remake. Get a competent director in there, and we might get a good film. I can't wait for Zombie to remake Big Trouble in Little China. The new title could be Big Trouble in Little Knoxville!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:10 a.m. CST

    The Workprint's Better...

    by Jeremy Wheeler

    Sure, there's still a bunch of wonky shit in there to have to digest (little Mikey talking, terrible McDowall delivery, Love Hurts -- oh god, does it hurt), but the entire cat & mouse finale is gone and there are plenty more moments that truly feel like throwbacks to J-Carp and what we all consider to be classic Myers touches (much more Michael stalking, better use of the classic score, actual provocation to make Michael snap, less Rush, less chain busting, plus one more scene with little Mikey freaking McDowell out). Though it could be that the theatrical is such a bomb that anything would seem better, my immediate feelings is that the workprint felt far more like a Halloween movie than the mind-numbing insanity of the theatrical cut. & Quint's right -- the TXCM shit @ the end is completely out of character, but thankfully, it's nowhere to be seen in the first cut. But don't get me wrong, the asthetic of Zombie's version is still jacked, but at least it seems as if he did get a bit more what the series is about the first time out. Sounds like another Weinstein intervention here, since I can't believe that Zombie would hack up his own film like that. & don't listen too much to him, he's sittin' pretty cozy with that 2-picture deal. He ain't gonna say shit when it comes down it. If I'm wrong and the backstory does come out, then we're in for one doozy of a tale, that's all I gotta say.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I think McDowell's worst was actually "Garden of Evil".

    by Stalin vs Predator

    There his performance included playing a fifteen year-old kid. McDowell was 55 at the time. I'm not kidding: http://imdb.com/title/tt0140067/ http://vess.20megsfree.com/moovee/garden.htm http://www.geocities.com/malcolmtribute/garden.html I've actually seen that movie ("video" is more fitting) and I still cringe when I think of it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    memories and yack

    by Quint

    Thanks for the comments on the article. I don't know if you can say I'm following the hype considering this hype didn't exist before I read the script and wrote the review, the first review to hit on Zombie's take. At the time there was a huge divide, half the people saying I was stupid or didn't understand it or didn't understand how filmmaking worked and the other half taking every word I said and using it to fuel a hatred of Zombie and his work. I wrote the review as a fan of Devil's Rejects and as a fan of Halloween. I kept it fairly constructive for just that reason. I'm not claiming to have super natural senses, I'm just saying when I first voiced my concerns I caught a lot of flack from people telling me it wouldn't be in the final product and it is. Hence the "I told ya' so." I'm sure you guys will see the flick soon enough and hopefully you'll come back to share your opinions on it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    No Gotta Take A Shit Mask?

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    That was the one thing I wanted to see this film for. That sucks. I'll never watch this film now.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Dead-on, Quint!

    by cdubbs727

    Saw a last-minute press screening of this last night. I'd write a review here, but I actually agree 100% with Quint. Rob Zombie says he loves the original "Halloween," but he basically gets rid of everything that made the original so scary. There's no suspense or style, the lead characters are very unlikable and the white trash characters are just purely grating at the beginning. And here's the thing; everyone will say "see this as it's own movie, don't compare it to the original." But Zombie keeps bringing back the music, old lines of dialogue and the mask to REMIND us of the original the entire time, so it's impossible not to make that comparison. Malcolm McDowell is terrible...although how good can you be with a line like "it must be nice living in denial. I'll have to try it sometime." Oh, and Quint...did you get a weird lesbian vibe from Laurie and her friends calling each other "sexy" and basically dry-humping each other several times?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Hahahahhah!

    by xXRedflyXx

    I knew it. Hopefully no one will ever let Zombie in the directors chair ever again! 19% on Rottentomatoes.com It's like Eli Roth and Uwe Boll had some bizarre love child and named it Zombie.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    One more thing...

    by cdubbs727

    If Zombie wanted to remake a slasher movie and add some backstory, why mess with a film that is pretty much perfect? I probably could have forgiven some of this had he remade, say, "Friday the 13th." No one's going to argue that it's a good movie, there's enough gore that Zombie could have had some fun and the series already gave Jason a backstory for Zombie to work with. Hell, I could have even accepted it if he remade "Friday" with Jason instead of his mother. But instead, he remade arguably the greatest slasher movie of all time and kept throwing in hints to remind us how good the original was...which only further reminded us how bad this was.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    RottenTomatoes

    by ulcer

    Looking at RottenTomatoes score for confirmation/validation is stupid. No slasher/horror/scifi movie ever makes it past 40%. RottenTomatoes scores are only high for freaking Pixar movies and oscar contenders. <par><par> I don't understand how Quint was looking at the "woman behind him" during the whole movie. Heuuu.... if that woman had a weird face, it was probably because she wanted you to stop staring at her, you creepy nerd! :D

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    What did I tell you?

    by Anna Valerious

    Zombie is obsessed with white trash. Let's see him do a movie where he doesn't have that element.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    so does the mask look like TASG from Lost?

    by durhay

    nm

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    89 % Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes

    by Samuel Fulmer

    For Halloween (1978). Zombie "reimagining" at 19%.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    I'll give Zombie Props for One Thing.....

    by C.K. Lamoo

    He seems to understand the stupidity of the whole "Last Girl" concept. You know, how throughout the movie the slasher has been death incarnate but when it comes to the "Last Girl" he becomes a complete bumbling klutz. So the rhythm of most horror movies, "Great Female kill at the top" then some so-so cutaway deaths, then "Great female kill" about an hour in and then nothing. The girl gets away and the killer is supposedly gone forever as the audience scoffs "He's dead, yeah right" Check Out "Wrong Turn" for a by-the-book presentation of this formula. However in "Devil's Rejects" Zombie actually throws in what the audience wants....a spectacular female death scene at the very end to cap off the film. (This also works great in non Zombie films like FD3 and Slaughter Studios) I say save the best for last. Let the "Last Girl" get hers. And let it be spectacular.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Thank You Quint!

    by kdoc13

    This totally confirms what I have always said, there should be a law that prevents Rob Zombie from ever making movies again! Now, if we could just do something about Tea Leoni.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I'd probably be pissed off too

    by Meglos

    if you kept turning around to look at me during a movie. Hey! I'm tryin' to jerk off to Rob Zombie's lastest opus here! Every time you stare, it goes flacid!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    My thoughts exactly

    by geekzapoppin

    It was snuff porn. Also, none of the characters who you're supposed to root for were even remotely likable. Laurie Strode, esp. was annoying as hell. I wanted to give the film a fair shake and there were a few things in the first half of the film that I thought were interesting, but they were always overshadowed by sloppy filmmaking and bad acting. I actually laughed out loud the first time McDowell came on screen in his "hippie liberal psychiatrist" costume. Utter shit.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Better this than...

    by bgart13

    In a way, Zombie may come out on top. Think about this: it is better for this Remake (yes, remake) to be ridiculously bad than just mediocre and totally forgettable. I have a feeling he couldn't resist the money, and felt that if someone was going to remake it, it might as well be a fan than some hack who's never seen the original Halloween (and it still stuns me that there are people who admit to this...if you remotely like being thrilled when going to a movie, Halloween is mandatory).

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Rob Zombie Filmmaking Formula

    by heywood jablomie

    Cast ugly-ass wife as stripper, or cocktease, or whatever that might allow her to expose her cameltoe. Fill the screen with snot-encrusted clown masks. Display many, many half-broken Sid Haig teeth. Show soon-about-to-die people whimpering and crying before they take the coup de grace. Play all of Side B of K-Tel's Cheese-Fried Southern Rock Hits o' the Seventies while small children have their nuts burned off with a Bic lighter. Hit the "Grindhouse Distressed Film" function on your DV camera to give it all that gnarly drive-in look. Then pull some of the oil out of your antique dredlocks and jerk your turk in a state of happy self-satisfaction.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Rotten Tomatoes

    by skimn

    may not be a definitive guide to whats good/bad. Not knowing what criteria they use in their cross section of critics, but they do feature a lot of the majors. As for horror films getting the snub, Zombie's previous did get a majority of negative reviews, but good reviews from the like of Variety, NY Post and good 'ol Roger Ebert. I think Quints review explained the major fault in Zombie's revision. By trying to create a back story/genesis for Michael Meyers and shoehorn a remake of Carpenter's night of terror into it, Zombie couldn't have it both ways and created two halves that don't equal a satisfying whole. The beauty of the original is that its timeframe is about an approxiamate 24 hour period. ( Original tagline " The night HE came home..") As far as the hype surrounding this being bad, well, the studio has admitted as much by releasing this without prior screenings to critics. Has any good film that the studio has faith in ever been released in that fashion? Don't think so.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Quint, I love you, and read carefully when you badmouth

    by Jugs

    ..(can't spell the other word) a film. And you are always more or less right!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST

    That wasn't intended to be an apology

    by bgart13

    That was just my thoughts on it. So far, Rob Zombie is batting .333 for my tastes. HO1K was totally a letdown. DR was significantly better than I ever expected it to be -- in my eyes (only), he appeared to learn from his first experience and showed signs of growth. Halloween may (or may not) be a step back; if anything, maybe it shows more technical progress. I think every filmmaker makes a small blunder at some point (with very few exceptions). I hate his music, but I do (did?) respect his love for the horror and sci-fi genre. I think he's probably a cool guy, but I don't dig some of the "art" he makes. I think he could still do some good, but he's got a bit of learning curve. Keep in mind, some filmmakers never learn from their mistakes, but I think Rob could, if DR was any sign. I would like to see him come out on top and do something good again -- seems to be one of the few modern horror filmmakers who cares about the genre, unlike the people who churn out trash like Saw 1-whatever.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Original film cost $325,000 to make

    by Samuel Fulmer

    and made $47 million. How much did Zombie's cost, and will it more than the original. They can't even justify this remake with the old money arguement!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Too bad this movie is getting great reviews elsewhere

    by jojo-pimp

    I have read a ton of really good reviews...check out joblo.com. I know my ass will be seeing this in a few hours today!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Rob: Time to Remake "The Devil's Rain"

    by C.K. Lamoo

    This time with Shatner in the Ernest Borgnine part.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Wow...

    by theceure

    .....its horror movie people just enjoy it for what it is. Keep on bitching till we start getting nothing but PG-13 teen horror movies again. Remember the (scream) and (I know what you did last summer) years. It can happen again. Rob may not be perfect but his movies are a hell of a lot better than the teen horror we have seen in recent years. I dont understand complaining about gore in a horror movie wtf?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    An excellent movie...

    by jfp2007

    I've only seen the workprint that leaked, but I enjoyed it immensely and much more so than the original. The movie is getting stellar reviews elsewhere rottentomatoes be damned. I'll be seeing the final cut tonight. Fuck all the hater on this over the hill website.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    I'm about to go see this...

    by Darksider

    Because I love the original. As someone said earlier, he should have done TCM. The studio had to notice that Zombie's films are the opposite of Halloween, so they wanted to do something different this time. Fine. I understand that. What's the point if everything is exactly the same? The core of Halloween should have remained though, the child that chose to become pure evil without explanation, or conscience. Some small town street terrorized by a faceless man over the course of Halloween night. It's so simple, yet inconceivable. Zombie could have used that, injected some more fearsome shit into it and made something great. But it sounds like more of the same hillbilly insanity, with the focus more on the why than the how. It's how it happened that made it important! The boogeyman doesn't scare adults because there is always an explanation when you get older. There has to be, so that we can forget and return to our normal lives. When there is no name, no face, or no reason, the safety of the ordinary is lost. And the fear returns. Anyway, I will try to take it on it's own merit.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    So, in reading this review.....

    by zer0cool2k2

    and knowing that the original "Halloween" is my favorite slasher movie of all time, here are my thoughts: "blah, blah,...Love hurts... (I'm out)....."blah, blah, take a shit mask (I'm out)... blah, blah...McDowell sucked (I'm out)... blah, blah...topless Danielle Harris (I AM SOOOO IN!). ........So call me shallow, whatever.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Thank God for the workprint

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Saved 8 bucks

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Rob's Halloween In Name Only! RHINO! RHINO! RHINO!

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    What kind of world are we living in where Rob Zombie's Halloween and Michael Bay's Transformers are considered good films. A world I don't think I can continue living in, that's what. I swear, the day I finish playing Metal Gear Solid 4, is the day I join Old Snake by putting a bullet in my head.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    One question Quint: is it scary?

    by SpencerTrilby

    because that's the most important thing in an horror flick. At least to me. I can endure shitty supporting cast if the thrills are here. <p> Oh, and for the record: Live free or (GUNSHOT) had "stellar" reviews too. But it's still a worthless piece of shit in my book, so I'm not a Zombie apologist: the guy entertained me with his music when I was a teenager in the early 90's, but I'm far from impressed with his movies so far. Gotta stick to the music, perhaps?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Rob: Time to throw away the camera and make music again

    by Bong

    Oh wait that would torture our ears as well.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    lol great review ...

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    the evil .......

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Thats not the point...

    by theceure

    ...its not wether its great or not. Its the fact thet different ppl like different things. Some people enjoy the hell out of cheasy ass 80s horror movies that would make someone commit suicide because they are so stupid and boring. Movies are not made for movie buffs to disect over and over whats wrong with them. they are made to entertain. And you cant make the perfect movie everybody will like. Some ppl may hat the original. Does not mean it sucks. I know people who think Lord of the rings are the 3 longest boring movies ever made. So what a lot of ppl liked them obviously. A lot of ppl will like Robs halloween. Get over it. Go watch the original and wack off to it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    CK LAMOO

    by cheezwhipper

    Great post about the "formula"

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST

    AGREE 100 PERCENT....

    by DanielKurland

    I've said this before, but I'm not opposed at all to troubled childhood stories, when they work and create pathos. One of the best examples is that of Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon. I hate here how everything is so cliched white trash. If you're going to do this, at least make it original. Even Michael getting picked on at school by bullies is the standard "faggot", "suck dick", "mom's a whore" routine we've seen a million times before. Michael making thousands of masks is also pretty stupid as it's not they're his symbol, it's jsut something he conveniently used, and the film also seems to imply that Michael being in an institution for 15 years with no friends is what drives him crazy, WHICH COMPLETELY MISSES THE POINT! There are some minor good things here, but I really wish it was just another movie entirely. Thos deleted scenes sound even worse, and no Spencer Trilby, it's not scary. It's got those same jump scares that today's horror has adopted. There's one tense moment with Laurie and Loomis in the car at the end, but the commercials even show how this scene plays out. There was no need to remake this movie.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Funniest headline in ages.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I saw "Qunt says 'I told ya' so'" and just started laughing, because I knew exactly what that meant...

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Don't Tell Mom, the Horror Genre is Dead

    by Birdys Piano Teacher

    Thanks for the heads up on Danielle Harris. Her work in Last Boy Scout and Don't Tell Mom really helped strengthen my right hand and I can't wait to see her all growz up.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I have a question

    by kilik777

    Is the current workprint out any different than the final film? http://tinyurl.com/pv8do

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Kilik777...

    by DanielKurland

    I think the workprint is shorter, as what I saw was only 105 min, and not 120.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    But DAWN DEAD remake didn't even try to be new

    by Blue Meanie 1138

    It really seemed to take the themes and satire of the original and water them down, as if the fimmakers weren't interested in them. At least Zombie's take on HALLOWEEN, good or bad, tried to be different; you know, adding to the mythology, so to speak.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Well I DO enjoy tits, ass and blood in a horror film...

    by beefywhore

    but sadly I'm trusting you on this...what a waste..sigh

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    FUCK YOU PIECE OF SHIT ZOMBIE!

    by AssWhole

    In this interminable turd, this godawful "director" managed to bore an entire audience to death. The guy can't frame a shot to save his fucking life. Can anyone explain why 98% of the film was shot in EXTREME CLOSE-UP?! He needs to stop throwing his used up, saggy-titted wife into his films; the bitch can't act (nor strip for that matter). Seriously, the first half of the movie exists only as a vanity forum for her, a dull showcase for her atrocious inability to emote. And Rob, she ain't that good looking; pull back the fucking camera at least five feet away from her...but hopefully this is the last goddamn movie you'll ever get a chance at shooting. John Carpenter must be rolling over in his grave...and he's not even dead yet! (And by the way fuckers, Carpenter doesn't get shit from these remakes...not a fucking dime. He gave up all ownership rights back when he made the originals. Sad, but true. So don't blame him, blame the motherfucking money-grubbing studio fuckheads!) My hope is that this thing dies on the vine and is wiped clean from all theaters in a week with nary a trace left of its dull, twitchy palsy-camera, white trash indulgent, stick-of-wood-as-thrusting-penis-into-the-rafters bullshit. Fuck you Zombie! You didn't just make a piece of shit, you made a runny piece of stinky-ass diarrhea...minus corn and peas! FUCK YOU! OK. Calming down. Much better. FUCK YOU! Now I'm done, you asshole.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    take a shit?

    by Matthew Martinez

    Okay, so is "take a shit" some sort of new slang phrase with which I'm unfamiliar? I mean, at first, I thought perhaps referring to the mask as the "gotta take a shit mask" meant that the face on the mask appeard to be making an expression that implied immediate need of bowel evacuation. Then I remembered that I'd read something else on this site where someone referred to Rodrigo Santoro's character on Lost as the "take a shit guy" (although I admittedly haven't seen any of his episodes, so I suppose that could be explained by actually watching them) and then another article where someone referred to a "take a shit helmet." (Some war movie, I think.) What am I missing?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Movies not screened for critics this year

    by skimn

    include Primeval, Dead Silence, Kickin' It Old Skool, Delta Farce, Hostel II, Captivity, Who's Your Caddy, Skinwalkers, and The Last Legion...and now Halloween...any questions????

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    As stated earlier

    by skimn

    if the studio that puts up the money for the movie, decides to hide it from the critics, then they have no faith in the movie beyond the built in audience that may go see it regardless of anyone's critical opinion. They are basically ashamed of the movie outside of what it could make in its opening weekend, and they GREENLIT the project.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Kurzinski, the Gotta Take a Shit Mask will NEVER die!

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    It lives on in our hearts forever, like Princess Diana.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I choose to believe little Michael's all black mask was

    by reflecto

    the shit mask. It makes me feel like it's still out there, cozy and snug. Probably up Michael's rectum.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    The big question is...

    by thenatureboy

    Are Danielle Harris' tits as nice as PJ Soles'?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Manos: The Hands of Fate

    by CubanB

    I wanted to leave about halfway through the movie at last night's midnight showing. But I figured I might as well sit through it since I never intend to watch this piece of shit again. The three girls were more annoying than the girls in Death Proof. And no. Danielle Harris tits were not as nice as PJ Soles.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 1:45 p.m. CST

    WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE STOP LETTING ZOMBIE DIRECT MOVIES!

    by DirkAngerReloaded23

    What the fuck is it with people defending this guy? As a musician....not bad; I admit tgo liking some of his work. As a director.....HE'S FRIGGIN TERRIBLE! Watched Dedvil's Rejects when it first came out on video and let me sum up the story for those of you out there who haven't seen it yet: 3 twisted fucks kill rednecks in Texas. That's it. That's your story, character development, character motivation, overall arc. 3 twisted fucks kill rednecks in Texas. Wow. Nice job Rob. Then last night, out of sheer morbid curiosity, & cause I just got done working and was bored at 3am, I happened to come across House of 1000 Corpses on IFC at it"s very beginning, and I thought what the hell, why not? Let's see if I'm wrong about this guy. Let's see if I'm judging him too harshly after only watching the only other movie he's ever made. My verdict: Devil's Rejects was the Godfather next to this piece of shit. Why you ask? First off it's a pretty blatant Texas Chainsaw remake. (Apparently Zombie jerks off 3-4 times a day at the alter of TCM cause from what I've read his Halloween Remake is also a sort of TCM rip-off.) The whole sick TCM family is here, in the middle of what sorta looks like Texas again, (what a shock there), and you have your mythical boogeyman figure, ala Leatherface, named Dr. Satan, which people won't shut the fuck up about the entire length of the flick. Main difference between this and TCM though? Whereas Leatherface was a scary as shit iconic figure who weighs prominently in his movie, Dr. Satan appears all of 5 GODDAMN MINUTES IN THIS P.O.S.!!! Are you kidding me!!! All the hype for this s.o.b. and you only have him in the movie for 5 GODDAMN MINUTES?!!........saddest part about that? He was probably the only interesting character in the whole movie......and he had not a single syllable of dialogue besides some grunting of course. Hell, the only redeeming factor was watching Dwight Schroote get turned into a man-fish. Yay. My ultimate point: if anyone in Hollywood, who has any significant power in movie-making is reading this, please for the love of God stop letting Rob Zombie make movies, please, cause if this keeps up it's only a matter of time before he gets his hands on Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street, and decides to give Jason or Freddy a homicidal cannibal redneck family who loved torturing animals/people/fire ants/WW2 vets/etc. Stop the madness already.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:04 p.m. CST

    ImpulseCaper: I love the Dawn remake.

    by SpencerTrilby

    Sue me.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    So Quint..

    by Darth Melkor

    Now that you've seen the movie what will you do now? I mean it's become very clear that this whole Halloween thing has been the single most important thing that's ever happened to you, now it's over. What now?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Perhaps Rob Zombie could remake "Them!"...

    by Stalin vs Predator

    Except with giant rednecks instead of giant red ants...

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Fuck rob zombie's HEE-HAWLOWEEN

    by TORTURE PWN1

    aka THE HADDONFIELD HILLBILLIES.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    It seems in keeping with Zombie's horribile music!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    This guy is just Alice Cooper for a new era. He's so fake...I'm sure he would be appearing on HOLLYWOOD SQUARES if it were still on t.v. His stuff is so pandering--the music, his films...ugh.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    QUINT, GET OVER YOURSELF, REALLY.

    by BrightEyes

    "I don't know if you can say I'm following the hype considering this hype didn't exist before I read the script and wrote the review" <br><br> You make it sound like you had so much to do with this film when you had nothing to do with it but posting a story of the script, dude ever since you posted that first review and got some mentions in other movie sites your ego has been getting bigger and bigger, You sound like the most obnoxious film school kid who puts everything down while never doing anything himself. It doesn't even matter if it's good or bad but you make it seem like your review made him do re shoots or kept Zombie up at night, come back to real life for a moment and get over yourself, now that the movie is out your gonna have to find a new film to attack to make yourself feel important, good luck with that. <br><br> Also for those of you who think the original Halloween is the equivalent to Jesus Christ Carpenter has said that he doesn't understand why Zombie has gotten so much shit and said that his fans are crazy, even Carpenter said that after having so many bad sequels the fans should be happy that at least there is a director who loves horror making it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    needs to be looked upon as its own film

    by bigbadbua

    Halloween by John Carpenter is one of my top 5 favorite films ever, so I was apprehensive about this film. And if compared side by side, the new one doesn't stand up to the original, not by a long shot. But I did enjoy this film, as its own work. Rob should have made this film with new characters and a new title, because he couldn't live up to the name. But as a stand-alone work, it's a very watchable and solid film.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Feeling self-satisfied, Quint?

    by Fireball XL-5

    I hate it when you guys make yourselves part of the story. I really miss the days when movies just came out, we saw them and made-up our minds afterwards. This whole Internet fanboy phenomenon is helping to kill movies because the suits go into these projects more worried about what AICN is gonna say (before a movie is even made!) than they are about simply letting an artist tell a story. The suits need to man-up and realize that sites like this have virtually no impact on boxoffice. The financial failure of 'Grindhouse' proved that once and for all.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Shitmouth/Cumbelly

    by MignolaFan

    Seriously he is the worst, atleast when I disagree with Harry or Moriarity I can still see some valid points on there side but when I read a quint review it's like someone shits in my mouth for 7 minutes. And he always pusses out during interviews, seriously they should pump quints stomach to get all of sam jackson, tobin belle, clive barker, judd apatow etc's cum out of it.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Quints Right...

    by Gatack

    He does puss out on interviews which is really annoying but he's right about the movie. http://tinyurl.com/ysumch

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I didn't think the movie was over two hours?

    by The Dum Guy

    I thought the run time was barely an hour and a half.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Not a Zombie fan, But I liked this movie....

    by originalskoobx

    Now, before the flaming begins, hear me out. I saw the workprint, so maybe there are some things that drastically changed the feel of this movie. Let us all admit, nothing is going to top the original. Nothing. But I really liked the whole Michael as a kid thing. I thought Loomis was much more connected to Michael in Zombie's version. I loved the soundtrack to the movie, and I loved how it was clearly reflected that Michael has some severe mental illness. Like, for example, Michael putting the mask on and becoming this evil killer child. But then in stark contrast to that, we get to see Michael's first clinical interview with Loomis, and it is hard to see the evil kid. He even denies doing the horrible things mentioned at his trial. He is concerned for his family. My only real complaint about the movie is that I thougt Michael was just too fucking big. I am glas this movie was made. I feel it adds to the Halloween mythos. Just think of how many different stories are told when a big tragedy happens in the real world. Different stories for the same event. I view this flim as the same. It is telling the story of the Boogieman. It is different from the original, but ask 5 people to tell you about an event they just saw,, and you will have 5 different stories. That is all, flame on.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Now after reading Mori's review

    by originalskoobx

    The hatred starts to make sense. A prison transfer? You have got to be shitting me? Oh well, like I said before, I liked the workprint. Too bad Zombie got pushed into pleasing the suits.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST

    My thoughts

    by ConanBaltar

    I didn't like it at all. I jumped once, but other than that, not very compelling. Like Quint says, the whole backstory thing really took the "edge" out of Michael. I was also distracted by the fact that Zombie seemed DETERMINED to put every one of his casting alums into the film. It was really distracting. Instead of trying to bring us into the world of Michael Myers, their mere presence SCREAMED: "Remember me? I was Capatin Spaulding on Devil's Rejects!" Bad choice, Rob, bad choice. Also, granted: Rob Zombie isn't known for holding back the profanity. But C'MON! Is it really necessary to throw in profanity just for the sake of throwing in profanity? It definitely didn't make the plot better. As if Rob decided while writing the script: "Huh huh, how bout I pepper this bitch up by writing some fucks here, some cunts here, LOTS of bitches here...." Great point, Quint, about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre theory. TOO OBVIOUS that it mirrored Leatherface. I kept thinking to myself: "Did Rob ACTUALLY think this could NOT look like TCM?" BLEAH! I really did not like this movie. Bad choices, Rob.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Dearest Robert Zombie,

    by Kingdaddy

    Did it feel good when you took one of the most beloved horror films in history and BALLS DEEP SKULL FUCKED IT INTO OBLIVION??? I just wasted $6.50 on your hack re-imagining of "Halloween". If I wanted to watch House of 1000 Corpses dipped in Devil's Rejects and covered with shit I'd rent "See No Evil" with Kane. In fact, that's just what you made. You made a WWE wrestling horror flick and tried to gussy it up by using the Michael Myers mask. Don't think we didn't notice you placed every famous horror actor and actress into shitty cameo's so they could impress us with their D grade acting chops. Wink Wink Robert...we get it...you're a fan of horror. And while I'm at it, why in the hell did you turn Michael into a demolition expert at the end of the flick? 10 minutes of him kicking doors, hitting walls, and knocking the ceiling down made me feel like I was watching "Extreme Makeover : Home Edition". Christ on a Cracker that was annoying... Too bad you didn't let someone with taste read your shitty script or watch your silly dailies. Please just go back to directing Marilyn Manson videos or some worthless shit like that. You have no place in addressing the classics. Respectfully yours, Kingdaddy P.S. Can't wait to see what you do with "See No Evil 2". Maybe Jason will let you use his hockey mask???

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Whatta Bummer

    by LaserPants

    I was kinda reckoning that it would be a movie that sharply dvided fans, but I was thinking something around the 2, 2.5 star range. Everything I've read has more or less echoed Quint's sentiments -- its a total stinker. That sucks. I was looking forward to a cool flick to round out the summer before the spine-tingling horror of school starts up again. Alas.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST

    its sad how much joy you take in it

    by batmanthehorse

    and the i told you so only means you told us that it would suck and you think it sucks. but who cares what you think?

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Hey, fucktit

    by WolfmanNards

    I don't even care if this movie is good, or bad, but with the level of criticism you are piling on this movie, I'd like to see you review halloween's 3-8, please.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:22 p.m. CST

    keep your hands off spider baby

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    rob zombie. dont do it. im sorry i even bring it up.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:32 p.m. CST

    I fucking loved it...

    by slappy jones

    and had a great time with it. is it the original?? of course not...not even close but I had a blast. this mass hysteria hatred is so fucking phoney....i just think everyone is taking it way to seriously and it sounds that everyone just wanted a shot for shot remake of the original.if you want to see the original go and watch the original. it is always there...it hasn;t been ruined.... and I always question reviews where the writer claims to have a handle on what the rest of the audience was thinking about it. I hate that shit. like you know for sure the audience hated it too...its bullshit and impossible to gauge really. Not an attack on you quint as I generally agree with you on stuff but tha is just a pet hate of mine...hardly a scientific way to determine the thoughts of an audience coming out of a midnight screening at 2 in the morning.oh and wolfman nards it is much better than halloween 4 -8 . by a mile. I love three though but that is its own beast....

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    JUST SAW IT, NOT SO GOOD . . .

    by Bulldoggie

    Seriously. I'm not married to the original, I'm married to a beautiful woman, but that was a grade "A", no make that a "KOBE" piece of shit. SMZ was good as always. I liked the first 10 minutes or so and thats about it. You wanna talk about remakes? Well this one sucks ass, no better than TCM and no I did not appreciate the THING or DONT FEAR THE REAPER. No disrespect to Mr. Zombie as I was a fan of Devils even with the clunky "Princess Lay-her" writting. Not only was I dissapointed as a Zombie appologist but so were the 40 odd people that I saw it with. This film carried the tension of a slim jim commercial. Quint- you were a gentelman in retrospect.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 9:43 p.m. CST

    boycott Rob Zombie

    by kafka07

    punish the fucker

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:03 p.m. CST

    What kind of message is Zombie sending?

    by darthbinks1220

    The high school girls I encounter don't talk like Laurie/Annie/Lynda in this reimagining. Also, everyone's screwing like rabbits. Where is the mortality? By the look of this flick, Rob must've been on acid. They all are in Hollywood.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:20 p.m. CST

    morality

    by darthbinks1220

    lol

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    The dialouge was good IMO, but

    by Bulldoggie

    everything else was pretty lame. As other posters have mentioned, it's not really Zombies fault this film was made the way it was. I mean really, if it wasnt Zombie it would have been an equal or lesser hack. I'm giving him the benifit of the doubt and saying "50/50"

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Terrible review.

    by LoneGun

    "There was one lady sitting behind me that never changed her expression...throughout the entire film and it made me laugh..." That's where the reviewer loses all credibility.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:33 p.m. CST

    "it would have been an equal or lesser hack"

    by bluebottle

    After seeing Halloween, I'm convinced there is no such person.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST

    bluebottle&soylentmean

    by Bulldoggie

    1. I found myself looking around too- not a good signal at all. 2.They have WAY less talented people out there to make these films. people we would be even madder at. This movies a P.O.S.- dont get me wrong - but it coulda been way worse

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Didn't Zombie already do The Texas Chainsaw Masacre

    by TVguy4566

    Wasn't House of a 1,000 Corpses basically the general plot as The Texas Chainsaw Masacre? I know there was no Leatherface character, but some of the specific plot points were lifted directly TCM. If he did a reimagination of TCM, I can't see how it would be infinitely different than House of 1,000 Corpses.<br><br> I think he would have been better off doing Friday the 13th, Motel Hell (think this movie is perfect for his style of filmmaking), or Alone in the Dark (to name a few). I think those movies fit Zombie's style better and he hasn't done them already.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST

    TVguy4566 is right on all accounts

    by Bulldoggie

    Ft13th, YES. Motel Hell, YES. I Spit on Your Grave, FOR SURE! Look out 2010- ROB ZOMBIE'S Deliverance or Runaway Train . . . it's comming. I'm sure either will be better than Halloween.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11 p.m. CST

    fine, give Fincher the Runaway Train remake.

    by Bulldoggie

    Rob can work with Deliverance.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Ms. Memories of Mudrer

    by Al Delvechio

    hack –noun 1. a person, as an artist or writer, who exploits, for money, his or her creative ability or training in the production of dull, unimaginative, and trite work; one who produces banal and mediocre work. That pretty much sums up zombie...a hack in the director's chair and a hack in the recording studio. Niether his "films" or his "music" live up to the hype he attempts to portray - or that his inexplicable legion of fans seem to be seeing while the rest of us scratch our heads waiting for all this guy is supposed to know about classic horror to manifest... Zombie - and you, it would seem - need to learn just what classic horror really is. Here's a hint: "Texas Chainsaw overblown but not very good in reality massacre"...just forget about that crap and look deeper.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    well, I know my horror, and I liked it

    by hktelemacher

    the weakest parts of the movie were those that stuck too closely to Carpenteria. It was messy, crass, overblown, trashy -- everthing I want from a Rob Zombie flick -- and there were actually moments of real tension and hell, even real emotion, that peek their heads out. It's too bad nobody is willing to meet this half way. Every negative comment I'm reading stems from pre-conceived "I told ya so"-itis. It may not appeal to everyone's sensibilities, but it was far from weak. Who the fuck cares about it's representation of the original? Grow up. And I think with comments from Quint like it being Malcolm McDowell's career worst illustrate just how much of an ax he has to grind -- OR he's only seen McDowell in A Clockwork Orange and the Mick Travis trilogy, in which case yes, it's his worst.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Panic Room

    by MignolaFan

    was a steaming pile of bull shit. Stupidest plot ever, nothing could save that film. Zodiac is one of my fave's, nefinately his best yet.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    aaahhhh

    by Turd Furgeson

    the sweet sounds of Zombie hating.... You are all awesome!!!! Now lets pray this sorry douchebag doesnt get anymore movies to fuck up....

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Quint

    by BadMrWonka

    I'm sure that McDowell couldn't help but be shitty in this...but if you think it's his career worst, you CAN'T have seen "Island of the Dead"...it's even got Mos Def in it! and it is the WORST excuse for a horror movie ever. just pathetically bad. it's worth a netflix pick just to shake your head at mos def and mcdowell in this stinker...

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Rob Zombie raped my adolescence!

    by Wheel99

    thenk ewe!

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Possibly the worst movie I've ever seen.

    by Darksider

    I don't even know where to begin. Someone please stop Rob Zombie from making any more films.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 3:48 a.m. CST

    just the fact that the first 60 minutes

    by Geek Sodomizer

    is him as a kid makes me think this project is seriously misguided from the start. No one wants to watch an epic horror film with a drawn out begninning of the villain killing animals and having an unhappy childhood.... fuck that shit man give me Halloween. A fucking hour and a half story featuring Michael as a man with that badass mask.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    If Malcolm McDowell and David Warner had drinks

    by BrandLoyalist

    I like to imagine these two sitting down and trading stories about some of the very undignified things they've both had to do to keep up with their mortgages since they appeared together in Time After Time. I think they'd toast their mutual success at the difficult task of making any kind of a living as artists and drink another one for the poor bastards who voice video games and do movies like Quest of the Delta Knights and Star Trek Generations but never get to balance that stuff with work of a higher quality.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Why the hate on Zombie ?

    by Toby___Wong

    It seems like he is getting even more hate than Bay, Boll and The Rat.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    What's the point of robbing zombies?

    by Smerdyakov

    It's dangerous, and they don't carry much cash.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST

    ImpulseCaper

    by BadMrWonka

    what on earth are you raving about? I don't even remember ever talking to you...

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    ahhh, Impulse

    by BadMrWonka

    I remember you now...you're the attention seeker. still baiting regulars and admins with lame insults so they give you attention? well, I fell for it again. dammit! <p>it won't happen again.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST

    This movie was awesome!!

    by jojo-pimp

    Great movie, nice different take on the whole michael myeyrs thing. It'll never hold up like the original, but it was ten times better than the last several sequels that sucked ass..so i definately welcome it.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Rob Zombie.................

    by VERY METAL

    Owes me 105 mins of my life back! i can't believe i sat through that shit, WHAT A HACK!!!!!!!!! (but it is great knowing that i was right all along)

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    No "Take A Shit Mask" = Flaming nipples on Optimus

    by Doctor_Sin

    That was all I was looking forward to, unfortunately. It sounds like *surprise* utter crap.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    "Michael’s stepfather passes out on the coach..."

    by Howling_Fantods

    That's going to make gym class awkward. No wonder the kid was fucked up.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Memories-Of-Murder

    by MignolaFan

    I definately thought there was some nice direction and cinematography in Panic Room but sadly I didn't give a shit bout a CGI crane shot going through a coffee pot on a kitchen table. He is a great director for sure but Panic Room ended up being his great style of a steaming pile of sub-substance. Definately could have been more painful if directed by a lesser clod.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    yeah, Carpenteria was intentional

    by hktelemacher

    it's also a town in California on your way up to Santa Barbara from L.A. And it's funny people are bringing up Panic Room, because just like the original Halloween was by Carpenter's own admission an exercise in style, Panic Room was just Fincher farting around with the visuals. Results varied.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Quint... Guess you were wrong...

    by screamster101

    I liked the movie. I guess now I know not the believe your reviews. And to think I almost followed your advice... Wow... Guess you can't believe everything you read.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Managed to combine the worst movie banes of our time...

    by BurnHollywood

    "Prequel", "Remake" and "Deconstruction".

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    It's a HUGE opening weekend

    by DirkD13"

    Could be as much as $38 million. That's scary shit.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Quote from Box Office Guru

    by DirkD13"

    "Moviegoers lined up to see the latest Michael Myers tale as Rob Zombie's new take on Halloween opened powerfully at number one on Friday with an estimated $10.9M in its first day of release. It was the biggest opening day for a horror film in 2007 and should easily shatter the record for the largest Labor Day weekend debut. Look for a four-day bow of $35-38M."

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST

    This easily means Rob Zombie's Halloween 2

    by DirkD13"

    Unfortunately. I just hope Carpenter is making a fuck-load of cash from all this to help keep him in cigars.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Carpy only makes money from the music, right?

    by hktelemacher

    I remember hearing that with each Halloween flick he only gets paid for using the classic score he wrote.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST

    DAWN OF THE DEAD Remake Was Surprisingly Awesome

    by LaserPants

    Nowhere near as good as the original, but definately an asskicking 28 Days-esque reimaging that worked. I can't believe the mess that the DAY OF THE DEAD remake is, though. So far it looks awful.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST

    am I the only one

    by hktelemacher

    who disliked the DAWN remake? Very well executed on a technical level but hampered by the inevitable "clash of the retards"/people trapped in an enclosed area formula. On that note, The Mist looks fucking awesome.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 6:27 p.m. CST

    hktelemacher

    by wahwah

    Yeah, Carpenter sold the Halloween rights after H3 and only makes money from the music. And doesn't care about much else.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Where the DAWN remake failed

    by Immortal_Fish

    It's a blink and you miss moment, but it's there and glares at you endlessly once you've picked up on it...<P>The scene where the legless zombie drops down from the rafters.<P>Again -- The scene where the LEGLESS zombie drops down from the RAFTERS.<P>Eliminate this one scene and I could forgive the absence of social commentary from the original, even with the zombie baby scene still intact.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    There was no fixing the script....

    by DocArzt

    Yeah, that script needed more than a re-write, it needed an intelligent writer. The fact is Carpenter had an amazing faculty for crafting suspense. Zombie relied on what he considered to be a faculty for understanding psychopaths. There was just no enlightenment in the script psychologically or artistically. Having a child torture animals is just regurgitating something he might have thumbed through on Dahmer. Sure its a sign of 'pathic behavior, but it isn't the prime example. You need more than white trash parents and a hard on for killing animals to become the definition of a psychopath that loomis talks about. The emperor simply had no clothes.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 10:46 p.m. CST

    I'll wait to see Week 2 - it's a holiday and a known

    by reflecto

    horror name. And nothing else huge is opening. Everybody else knows it's a bomb. Watch the drop next week. Meanwhile, you haven't lived until you've heard one of the admins at the official Halloween forums explain why the remake's script is "no worse than the original," since "all Halloween films have absurd dialogue."

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Well it could be worse...

    by Colier Rannd

    we could have a whole string of remakes of the sequels.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 5:28 a.m. CST

    you're all lame

    by andy kaufman

    god you're all sad lil dorks. you all at each other like it means something. you guys sure showed rob zombie,mike bay or what ever man hate/crush you all have by writing a lil comment oh you bad boys. its sad grow the fuck up.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Immortal_Fish

    by MaxG

    I'm glad someone else picked up on that.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Every Word Accurate

    by The Devilled Backscribe

    I've had problems with some of Quint's opinions in the last 6 months, but every single word of his review here is totally true. I hated, just hated, this film. There's a movie called HALLOWEEN that's great, and it's made by John Carpenter. Period.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST

    sorry dude i disagree!

    by jayski

    i'm sorry ok, but i have to say i think Quint is being way to harsh on this movie. ok so you didnt like the script when you read it, but it just feels like you haven't gotten over that dude. you say you wanted to be impressed but i think in the back of your mind you where never going to give it a far chance! for me the first part of the film was the best part, i thought the kid did a kick ass job! and as far as the family being over the top i thought that worked to, this isn't real life dude its a horror movie! everything is hyper real. i do agree it copied the original to much when the killing spree started and the ending was a little weak but come on its not bad, i enjoyed it, for what it is! it was never going to even come close to the original thats a given, but compared to most remakes it worked pretty well, i'm not a huge zombie fan but i do think he's intresting, his films all have that dirty trailer trash look and feel, i got tht from the start of this, we have to remember he's only knew to this game and i think he showa some promise, horror needs somebody who will get down and dirty and try some things a little different, i'm not saying its him but maybe, anyway thats just my view, forget everything you've heard and give it a chance its not bad! oh nd best horror remake, the hills have eyes, pure class! thats the first one i'm talking about, the second was a big pill of steaming shit! and the trailer was so good! peace out

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 9:16 p.m. CST

    I Have Newfound Respect For You, Quint.

    by cyclo

    I couldn't have said it any better myself. There are some horror flicks where a director with a white trash agenda would be appropriate. Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Motel Hell come to mind... but not Halloween.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST

    rafter zombie in Dawn remake

    by hktelemacher

    could have eaten his own legs, or had his legs eaten by someone else while up there, or been given a zombie boost, a zombie piggy back ride or taken a trip up on a system of zombie pulleys and wires. A little creative reasoning explains that away. The problems in that movie run far deeper than a little leap in logic.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Well ...

    by grendel san

    I had a sneaking suspicion that this remake wasn't going to be any good. Now I liked Rob Zombie's other films, but I knew that style of film making wouldn't do the original justice. That movie was more suspense thriller than slasher flick, and this one sounds like crap, whatever it is. On another message board I posted that if I wanted to see a good copy of Halloween, I would approach my DVD collection and reach between The Shawshank Redemption and The Longest Yard (the original, not the bastard child they foisted upon us with Adam Sandler) and pick up my copy of Halloween. That is truly a good movie.

  • Sept. 2, 2007, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Call me crazy

    by Darth Melkor

    But I loved it... Seriously, I did. I thought it was great.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST

    loved devils rejects hated holloween

    by angrykirby.tk

    awful acting and boring overall. seriously there is a killing spree and its boring as all hell.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Rob Zombie's Breakin'

    by Dr Gregory House

    Only instead of blacks in parachute pants......wait for it......its rednecks in parachute pants. Show me the money, I'm a studio executive!!!

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Darth Melkor

    by christophermoltosante

    you're not the only one mate. watched it yesterday and thought it was a good slasher flick. if it wasnt a halloween movie all these pricks would be cumming in their pants over it.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    This negative review is gonna drive Rob Zombie to kill

    by Orionsangels

    No wonder Rob always looks pissed in interviews.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    The Weinsteins

    by abner pepper

    Have announced they have no plans for a sequel,thank fuck.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Blah

    by gdeo

    I know that it was #1 at the box office this weekend...maybe cuz there was no competition...i would have rather seen "superbsd" 5 more times than Halloween.It wasn't scary at all.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Mr. Zombie

    by dvdbob

    Rob Zombie has said that he wants someone who watches his films to either love them or hate them because if the viewer offers no emotional response, he has failed as a director. Well, I am here to tell Mr. Zombie that I HATED his “re-imaging” of John Carpenter’s classic tale of Michael Myers. Rob Zombie’s Halloween has finally proven to me and hopefully the world that the horror genre and perhaps the entire film industry have gone too far with sequels, remakes and “re-imaginings”. The problem with his version of Halloween and, in my opinion, all of his films are that they lack the true heart and soul that a horror film should have. This is most evident in Scout Taylor-Compton’s portrayal of Laurie Strode. Carpenter’s film focused primarily on this character and the events of Halloween night through her experiences. Mr. Zombie’s film is so focused on the Michael Myers character that when Laurie Strode is in danger, I just simply did not care. Her character is as faceless and emotionless as Michael Myers himself. How can the viewer care if a character like this lives or dies? The answer is that you don’t and that is why, above all, this “re-imaging” fails so miserably. If Mr. Zombie wanted to do an “origin” story, then that is what he should have done – not the mix and match story that was the final product. As far as the origin of Michael Myers goes, I did find the segment in the mental hospital to be the most compelling and entertaining of the film but my hopes were soon dashed when we learn the final outcome of Danny Trejo’s character Ismael. This is the point where the film lost me and never got me back. From that point on, it was just a “kill by the numbers” slasher film with a much to long climax that could have been trimmed by at least 15 minutes. Before I end this rant, let me quickly discuss the use of John Carpenter’s score in Mr. Zombie’s film. When word first came out that he was not going to use the score, there was a huge uproar in the horror community and eventually the score was used. I am here to say that it would have been better for Mr. Zombie to come up with an original score as to not tarnish the work of Carpenter by associating it with this abomination. Truth be told, I have not like any of Mr. Zombie’s films. To me, they seem to be the work of, not a fan of the horror genre, but of a director for hire who is only in it for a handsome paycheck. If the best thing that I can say about his version of Halloween is that I finally got to see Danielle Harris’ breasts, then it is evident that the film missed it’s mark. I went into this film with very low expectations hoping to be surprised by a new version of an already perfect classic horror film. I walked out feeling like a man who had just been with a prostitute – Screwed, out of money and full of shame. How could I have been so easily tricked? I plead to all of you out there to no longer continue to support needless sequels, remakes and “re-imaginings” of classic films that don’t need to be “re-imagined”. This has never been more important than now with the remakes of Escape From New York, The Thing and Near Dark on their way. Honestly, if they announce a remake of Big Trouble in Little China, I will literally shoot myself just as Sheri Moon’s character did in Halloween except instead of home movies playing on the screen it will be Big Trouble in Little China. For now, I’ll just remember how good films like The Decent and Behind the Mask were and pray for the day when I can be as thrilled and excited as I was when I first saw them. My comments may seem harsh but honestly, what did everyone involved in this project think our reactions would be to a “re-imaging” of Halloween - Gratitude?

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Gay

    by Midol Boy

    .

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Really enjoyed it

    by tk 421

    Yeah, I may be uneducated, unsophisticated, gay, whatever, but yeah I thought it was a hell of a fucking slasher flick. All you fanboys have such a hard on against Zombie, I don't get it. Anyway, I'm glad it did well at the BO and that there won't be any more sequels because the ALL of the original Halloween sequels were garbage.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    so very petty

    by andy kaufman

    " i told ya so" fucking juvenile. how old are you quint 9. weak dude you should be embarassed with your self.as a fellow man im embarassed for you.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Dug it!

    by Chest_Rockwell78

    I am a huge fan of the original and have watched it dozens of times. I've also seen all the Halloween sequels (2, 4 & 7 not bad, 3, 5, 6, & 8 utter shit). When I heard that it was being remade, I was skeptical to say the least. When I heard Zombie was involved, I thought it could go either way, but that it would at least not be a bland, tired remake (think The Fog, Amityville, Black Christmas). I didn't care much for "Corpses" but I dug the hell out of "Rejects". Vast improvement in directing style and story telling. I saw the film Saturday night, and I actually enjoyed it. Now, it doesn't touch the subtlety, atmosphere, and mood of the original, but it's still an enjoyable horror film. I liked the young Michael stuff (all hinted at in the original, only expanded here with a trailer trash family life infused in). When the film picks up where the original begins in earnest (Halloween day), my biggest complaint was that it was a bit rushed. I also thought the multiple false endings was a bit much. The actual ending, though, was a pretty sweet, high octane finish. And it was not very much like TCM, other than the hulking Michael Myers, and even then only visually really. Despite these complaints(and a few nitpicky things like "Love Hurts" and the "was that the Boogeyman?" stuff), I still really dug the film. Zombie managed to pay homage to the original while making it different enough that it wasn't just a vanilla Gus Van Sant retread (and the Carepenteria stuff wasn't the "shot-for-shot" exagerration I'd heard). I also really liked Zombie's use of the classic score along with "Don't Fear the Reaper" and, of course, "Mr. Sandman". One of the better entries in the series, no doubt. BTW, Fincher's best movie is "Seven", with "Fight Club"a close second, "The Game", "Zodiac" (a bit boring in the middle, I thought), "Panic Room" (sucked), and then "Alien3".

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 9:51 p.m. CST

    P.S.

    by Chest_Rockwell78

    Also, I loved "The Mist" trailer. Looks even better than I imagined. Can't wait for that, as well as "Hatchet" and "Trick 'r Treat". And I was actually quite disappointed in "Behind the Mask". Great concept, poor execution.

  • Sept. 4, 2007, 2:14 a.m. CST

    The Meyers Family

    by Barry Egan

    The sound a lot like Hilary Swank's family in Million Dollar Baby.

  • Sept. 4, 2007, 3:57 a.m. CST

    "Told you so, nah nah!" Quint, you are a moron

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Sure, Rob Zombie's Halloween wasn't the best movie of the year, but it's far from the worst. I thought the first 45 minutes was very good, the rest however was a bit dull, but it was still miles better than most other horror remakes.

  • Sept. 5, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Interview with producer Malek Akkad

    by pacino33

    You can hear an interview with producer Malek Akkad by visiting: http://blogtalkradio.com/hostpage.aspx?show_id=48569