Halloween (2007 remake) title

Tag line : Evil has a destiny

Halloween (2007 remake)With Hollywood remaking horror classics left, right and centre, it was only a matter of time before they turned their attentions to John Carpenter's cult classic. With horror rocker Rob Zombie at the directors reigns, what we have here is a virtual rewrite of the original with a few nods here and there to some of the key scenes.

Concentrating mostly on the origins of Michael Myers, we see young Michael (Daeg Faerch), as the product of abusive step-parents, who decided to flip out one Halloween and kill his elder sister and her boyfriend along with his step-father.

Committed to a mental institution and placed under the care of Dr Samuel Loomis (played by Malcolm MacDowell), he spends 15 years trying to reach him before finally deciding he is beyond help. But when the senior doctors decide to move Myers (now played by WWF wrestler Tyler Mane) to a prison facility on the anniversary of his crime, he breaks loose, kills his guards and after donning his familiar white mask, returns to his home town of Haddonfield.

When Dr Loomis, who's busy promoting his new book, hears about the breakout, he realises where Michael is heading and with aid of the local sheriff (played by horror veteran Brad Douriff) attempts to stop a blood bath from ensuing. But why has he returned, and what ever happened to Myers younger sister?

Most of the cast of Rob Zombies earlier film "The Devil's Rejects" turn up in various supporting roles, along with horror B-movie stars Dee Wallace, Clint Howard and Horror veteran Udo Kier who plays the head of the Smithsgrove sanitarium.

To be honest, whilst the film does have some good moments, overall I was distinctly unimpressed. I felt the film wasted far too much time concentrating on Myers younger years, which really wasn't necessary. The ending, with Laurie being chased around the old Myers house, just really seemed tired and clichéd and there were a couple of killings I thought just didn't really make sense, though I can't say what without spoiling the plot.

OK, it's not as bad as some of those original sequels, but it's no way near as good as the original.

Overall marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "When Darkness Fell, HE Arrived", "The face behind the mask".

  • The films budget was $15,000,000

  • The movie's production was delayed due to the death of producer Moustapha Akkad, who was responsible for the previous 8 movies. He was killed in the terrorist attacks at Jordan in 2005.

  • The studios were considering making a prequel to the original Halloween series, showing Myers early years in the asylum. However, they decided to go for a remake instead.

  • A workprint version of the film was leaked onto the web before the official release hit cinemas. This earlier cut was considerably different to the theatrical version in several ways. This version used several alternate scenes of the meetings Dr Loomis had with the head of the institute (Udo Kier) and also Sheriff Brackett (Brad Douriff), as well as using a totally different sequence showing Myers breaking out of the asylum. The ending was also completely different, in which Myers does not chase Laurie into the old house, but instead he is gunned down by the police (which does not happen in the theatrical version).

  • Danielle Harris, who played Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4 & 5, was chosen to play Sheriff Brackett's daughter owing to her connection with the previous films.

  • Adrienne Barbeau, who starred in several early John Carpenter films, was given a role as the receptionist at the asylum, but this part was cut from the finished release. It will be included on the DVD as an extra.

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