After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.



Synopsis (IMDB) : After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.

Directed by : Rob Zombie

Written by : John Carpenter (characters), Rob Zombie

Cast :  Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Brad Dourif, Daeg Faerch, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe, Richard Lynch, Danny Trejo, Lew Temple, Bill Moseley, Danielle Harris, Dee Wallace

My Rating :

Ever since it's release back in 2007, Rob Zombie's interpretation of the classic Halloween has divided opinion for movie lovers.

Some say it strays too much away from what the original Halloween was all about.  What causes a young Michael Myers to commit such atrocities? Why does he become so powerful? Why does he want to kill Laurie?  So many questions that kind-of get answered but ultimately you feel a lot of the answers are left a little open to indiviual interpretation.

This is why I feel Rob Zombie's version ups the ante somewhat.

After all, this is his interpretation and what we get is two movies rolled into one.

First we see the beginnings of a young Michael Myers and the abuse he gets from bullies at school and then on to his mothers boyfriend, Ronnie White.  In fact the only person to really love Michael and to show him affection is his mother Deborah Myers - played by Sheri Moon Zombie.

We see Michael develop an obsession by dissecting animals and taking photos of them.  We also see a snippet of school life and when he swears at the school principal we find out its not the first time Deborah Myers has been called to the school to sort out the trouble he is in.

The movie then goes on to show the brutality of Michael when he kills one of the school bullies on his way home.

As for the opening scene in the original movie, where the camera follows Michael around the Myers home whilst Michael slaughters his sister and her boyfriend - well , Rob Zombie brings this scene a little more uptodate as Michael kills his mothers boyfriend, Ronnie, whilst he is sleeping in his chair before going on to bludgeoning his sisters boyfriend.  He then stabs and kills his eldest sister (Judith) before being found sititng on the front porche cradling his younger sister Angel Myers.

I should add that Daeg Faerch who plays the role of a young Michael Myers is perfectly casted for this role.  His facial expressions, body language and overall demeanour suit how I would expect a young Michael Myers to appear.

Now a lot of people have slated this movie because of the first half due to its drawn out scenes of Michael in Smith's Grove Sanitarium as Michael is looked after by Dr. Loomis (played by Malcolm McDowell).  But again, I feel this only brings more depth to Michael's character.

We see him shut down and become a recluse as he begins hiding behind paper-mache masks he makes in his cell.  He says to his mother in one emotional scene that he makes and wears the masks because he doesn't want people to see how ugly he looks to which his mother says he isn't ugly and shouldn't think like that.

All of this just add's depth and emotion and understanding of a young Michael Myers.

After an incident in which Michael attacks a nurse, his mother Judith breaks down and not having the strength anymore to care of Michael she takes her own life.

The movie pans forwards 15 years later and after Michael breaks out of the sanitarium we get to see Halloween as we have all become to know and love.

Michael makes his way to childhood home in Haddonfield where he digs up the now famous mask that has become an iconic symbol of fear.

As for a Rob Zombie movie - expect a lot of blood and violence.  This is Rob Zombie's way of directing/writing a movie!  You will either love this or hate it and I honestly think there is no sitting on the fence when it comes to liking him or his movies.

Personally I love the way Zombie makes his movies.  He is not afraid to push the boundaries a little and yes, there is more often than not a lot of swearing, sexual inuendos, violence and of course blood.

Halloween is no exception.  Michael weaves his way around Haddonfield killing anyone who gets in his way, accidently or purposely!  He slays a truck driver at the beginning, he slashes away at Laurie Strode's best friend Annie and then there is a fight between Michael and Laurie before Dr. Loomis arrives to confront Michael.

 The violence is unrelenting and I think this has to be the case.  Michael is after all a psychopath with no concept of human life.  He hold's no emotions.  He has no compassion.

Rob Zombie, for me, has been triumphant in his handling of bringing back to life Halloween.  Where the original movie relies a lot on the fear factor - Rob Zombie tells more of a story of how and why Michael Myers is what he is.  He adds his own unique brand of violence that matches what Michael Myers really is and should be.

There is a lot of resentment to what Rob Zombie did with Halloween but he should be applauded for taking this movie on.  I can understand why the die-hards of the original get so heated when talking or comparing both movies but credit where its due - Rob Zombie has breathed new life into the whole Michael Myers franchise.

If you have been a little hestitant in the past about watching the Halloween 'remake' - let your guard down and give it a chance.

I`d give it 4.5 escapes out of 5.

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