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Halloween (2007)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 83

Critics Consensus: Rob Zombie doesn't bring many new ideas to the table in Halloween, making it another bloody disappointment for fans of the franchise.

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Rob Zombie doesn't bring many new ideas to the table in Halloween, making it another bloody disappointment for fans of the franchise.

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The Devil's Rejects director Rob Zombie resurrects one of the most notorious slashers in screen history with this re-imagining of the 1978 John Carpenter classic that spawned numerous sequels and countless imitators. As a child, young Michael Myers (Daeg Faerch) committed one of the most unspeakable crimes imaginable. Subsequently locked in an asylum and placed under the care of Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell), the hollow-eyed boy grew into an emotionless man determined to escape back to his … More

Rating:
R (for strong brutal bloody violence and terror throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity and language)
Genre:
Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Rob Zombie
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 18, 2007
Box Office:
$58.2M
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Critic Reviews for Halloween

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (83) | DVD (14)

The result, though undeniably preferable to yet another misbegotten installment of the long-exhausted franchise, certainly doesn't compare to John Carpenter's landmark original film.

December 12, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's inanely-scripted exploitation, sure, but this 'Halloween' doesn't trivialise; it even returns with sympathy to one victim minutes after the attack that has left her bleeding on the floor.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

The Batman Begins of slasher movies, and one of the more frightening stabathons of recent years.

Full Review… | September 12, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

As if spooked by the long shadow of suburban killer Michael Myers, the director has all but dropped his organic camera style, resulting in exactly the kind of bland, scareless remake the fans were fearing.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

It's a decent diversion.

Full Review… | September 5, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Contains dialogue so nasty and stupid, you'd swear (right along with the characters) that the booker for Jerry Springer wrote it (Zombie did).

Full Review… | September 4, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Anyone can trace a Picasso.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

Teen slasher flick remake is brutal and bloody.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

When it comes to Rob Zombie's remake of John Carpenter's Halloween, they don't get any more unnecessary.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Boston Phoenix

Modernizing the classic slasher staple, Rob Zombie's film is surprisingly adept.

Full Review… | October 31, 2009
Cinema Sight

Zombie's fury is dulled by his veneration of the horror classic

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
CinePassion

Zombie's constant use of long lenses, close-ups, and rapid-fire editing are crude attempts to jack up action that is not staged particularly well.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
ESplatter

Rob Zombie's 'Halloween' is an artistic failure. One can only say that because Zombie showed himself to be nearly a horror film genius with 'The Devil's Rejects.'

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
ESplatter

Some may think it isn't fair to compare Zombie's film to the original. Too bad. It's called "Halloween" and I'm pretty sure it's a remake of a movie called "Halloween".

Full Review… | April 19, 2008
Beyond Hollywood

Zombie's 'Halloween' may prove too verbose and literal-minded to satisfy fans of Carpenter's original, but it is a harsh, disquieting experience.

Full Review… | April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

When the score (from the original) is the best part of this retelling, perhaps it's best we don't celebrate Halloween this year.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

At the forty minute mark though, what was a relatively tedious serial killer origin film changes into a rushed remake of the first film that ultimately feels like simply another grotesque sequel in the franchise's long line of bad entries.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

Taking 50 minutes to get to the present where the original took five, here we are offered something resembling justification for why poor little Mikey beat and stabbed his way to infamy.

Full Review… | November 23, 2007
Sydney Morning Herald

As far as remakes of modern horror classics that did not need to be remade go, rocker-turned-director Rob Zombie's tribute to John Carpenter's 1978 original is not a bad one

Full Review… | November 17, 2007
Urban Cinefile

Rob Zombie is exposed as yet another anti-throwback who aims to disgust instead of frighten. Quality-wise, he achieves that goal.

Full Review… | October 20, 2007
Hollywood.com

...those druids are looking pretty darn good right about now...

Full Review… | October 14, 2007
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Full Review… | October 14, 2007
Movies for the Masses

This take on Halloween is grim and nasty, but never remotely scary.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Empire Magazine

Zombie may not be able to match the stalk 'n' menace of Carpenter's steadicam original, but when the Big Z's knife hits the right groove, he cuts to the dark heart of the Myers legend.

Full Review… | October 2, 2007
BBC.com

Rob Zombie's Halloween reboot isn't bad as remakes go, but the prequel scenes are better than the remake scenes.

Full Review… | September 29, 2007
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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

It's easy to understand why someone would want to remake classic Horror films, especially the slasher variety. From a studio standpoint, it's a financial goldmine. All you need is a director, a low budget, and the star power of Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger, release it at the right time of year, and wait for the revenue to roll in. Artistically, although most of the franchises can be defended if a nostalgic connection exists, the truth is, a lot of them haven't aged all that well. The rest weren't that good to begin with.
Along with the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", the other exception is John Carpenter's, "Halloween". It was the first horror movie I witnessed when I was 7. It scared the life out of me then. It also turned me into a lifelong fan of the genre. Dare I say, that the atmosphere created in the original, is still as creepy and suspenseful as it was 35 years ago. It's difficult to tread on hollowed ground.
Still, there was plenty of money to be made on the Michael Myers name, but fans were losing interest in poorly conceived sequels. So the only reasonable answer was a complete reboot.
The reigns were handed over to Rob Zombie. Those of you with very poor taste in music will recognize that name. He was also the director of the lousy, "House of a Thousand Corpses", but probably earned the "Halloween" gig with the well executed, "The Devil's Rejects".
To Zombie's credit, he did, at least through half of the film, attempt to make the characters his own. The first half of the film is an origin story. It's fairly well executed. Daeg Faerch, in the role of "young Michael", is especially impressive. I'll also give credit to the history of the mask. In the original, the disguise was just selected off of a shelf in a hardware store. Zombie's version supplies the iconic face with relevance. There are of course issues with the movie's back-story. My most notable complaint, is that it provides the viewer a reason to feel sorry for Michael. To me, it was much more effective when there was no explanation for Michael's actions. The evil just resided in him, out of nowhere. There was no need to feel sympathetic toward the character, you just feared him because he was a monster. Zombie saddles Michael with a profile easily lifted off of a serial killer paint-by-number kit. Still, it was good for what it was.
The second half of the movie chronicles the return to Haddonfield. During the slasher portion of the remake, Zombie's worship of directors like Tobe Hooper are readily apparent, but it works here. Zombie's version of Michael has a pronounced mean-streak. Victims are executed with a harsh cruelty, that may be unprecedented for the franchise. "The Shape" also benefits from his imposing size. Really, the portrayal of Michael Myers was excellent all-around. The issue with the "slasher" portion of the film, is that it follows Carpenter's events to a, "T". Sure things are more violent and bloody, but what's left, felt far too familiar. That is where Zombie failed to make the movie his own, and it really eliminated the much needed sense of anxiety.
Despite my complaints, overall, I think that this is a good horror movie. It certainly trumps the remakes being spit out by "Platinum Dunes". It doesn't even come close to the original, but that goes with out saying. After the original, I would definitely recommend this over any of the other sequels.

Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

A very pathetic remake. ( A lot of remakes are.) Rob zombie decided that he wanted to direct a totally unneccesary movie. The original is the greatest horror movie of all time in my opinion, but now it's ruined because of this white-trash adaptation. Unlike the original, we get to see Michael Myers growing up as a kid. His family is white-trash (A huge cliche when it comes to Rob zombie films) and the thing I noticed right off the bat is that making him grow up in an unstable environment ruins the character. In the original, Michael grew up in an average suburb house with two normal parents and a normal lifestyle for someone his age...and he still became evil. That makes the original version scarier because he was evil by nature and it's almost as if he was born to be a complete psychopath. The remake however makes him evil by nurture, the environment he lived in which included a bitch sister, a mom who is a whore and the mom's abusive boyfriend who criticized Michael whenever possible. He was evil because he had a hellish lifestyle and let's be honest, there are a lot of kids/teens like that in the world. It just makes the remake Michael seem less menacing and less of a challenge. Another wrong with this movie is the dialogue. Just about every character cusses every 3 words. (Hey, another Rob Zombie cliche!) Seriously, it's bad enough I have to listen to nonstop cussing at my high school, but to hear it from characters ranging from adults to people close to my age is just aggravating. I bet if Rob zombie made a movie about pre-schoolers he would still have them cuss nonstop:
Teacher: What the fuck is two plus fucking two?
Billy: Twenty-two, bitch!
Teacher: Wrong, dumbshit. Any other little assholes wanna answer this shitstorm of a fucking problem?
I'm not kidding, that's exactly what Rob Zombie dialogue sounds like. Another thing about this movie is that it just contains way too much blood and gore. The original had virtually no blood, but the remake just overdoes it with the violence. (Rob Zombie cliche numero tres.) I mean come on, were Rob Zombie to make a movie about a kid getting a paper cut, his whole finger would go flying off, the bone would poke through his skin and blood would spew out like a fountain. The acting in this film is ok though. The kid playing Michael Myers as a child did alright, the teens were ok, but annoying and the adult actors did pretty good with what little material they were given. Overall, the remake is just irrelevant. Rob Zombie cinematically commited rape. He ruined what made the original scary and turned it into something totally different. If Rob Zombie were to make a remake of Jaws, this is what I think it would be like:
Brody: Where the fuck is the fucking shark?
Quint: The shit vanished in mid-fucking-air.
Shark: I'm over here, bitches! Imma get drunk and throw sea rocks at you assholes.
(Rock hits Quint in the toe and his head blows up while his limbs fall off and melt into blood while every bone in his body snaps.)
The end.

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

Too much blood made this iconic horror flick to be plainly unrealistic. There's no depth and development, but despite all that, it's still a good watch on Halloween itself for tradition's sake.

Paulo Gabuat
Paulo Gabuat

Super Reviewer

Halloween Quotes


Sheriff Brackett: I think you have created quit the monster piece off the blood of this town. Because monsters, sell, books.
– Submitted by Bailey G (5 months ago)
Dr. Kopelson: We've given the authorities his complete profile. Dr. Sam Loomis: Two road blocks and an all-points wouldn't stop a 5-year old. Dr. Kopelson: Well, what do you want us to do? Morgan Walker: Yes. I mean, what do you want us to do? Dr. Sam Loomis: I want you to get on the phone, and I want you to tell them who broke out of here last night. And I want you tell them exactly where he's going. Morgan Walker: Christ, we don't know were he's going. Dr. Sam Loomis: It must be great living in denial. I must try it sometime. Look, you and that army of shirt-tuckers up there, you know damn well were he's going.
– Submitted by Jimmy G (19 months ago)
Dr. Sam Loomis: It must be great living in denial. I should try it sometime.
– Submitted by Jimmy G (24 months ago)
Laurie Strode: I don't need a boyfriend... Annie Brackett: No, what you need is... [makes passionate groans]
– Submitted by Joshua L (2 years ago)
Adult Michael Myers: Roar, I'm coming to kill you.
– Submitted by Tony N (2 years ago)

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