Halloween Reviews

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Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
September 28, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/6
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
September 18, 2007
Ron Zombie's "re-imagining" of John Carpenter's slasher classic has made mincemeat of far better films at the box-office, so it's impossible to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jason Morgan
Filmcritic.com
September 17, 2007
Instead of trampling over the original, he builds on it and creates an homage that should motivate the new generation of horror fans to seek out John Carpenter's original with the respect and excitement it still deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Hazelton
Screen International
September 15, 2007
Offers plenty of blood but not much of the rocker-turned-filmmaker's usual gory flair.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 15, 2007
though Zombie continues to have a true, unflinching artist's eye for the sublimely horrific, that eye is wasted here on an unnecessarily moribund history of sociopathy as it relates to Halloween in Haddonfield, Ill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 14, 2007
If you thought John Carpenter was too prissy and squeamish...then this is the movie for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 12, 2007
The Batman Begins of slasher movies, and one of the more frightening stabathons of recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
If it wasn't a remake of Halloween, Halloween might have been pretty awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
September 10, 2007
Zombie is still learning and I'm sure in time will deliver a true horror classic of his own. Until then, enjoy his latest effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
September 10, 2007
Rob Zombie is a big ol' cinephile who lacks the chops to execute on the screen everything that's going on emotionally and intellectually inside his head.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
September 8, 2007
Rob Zombie's Halloween might have its merits when viewed as a simple horror film, but as a movie based on a pre-existing property, it's nothing short of a travesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 7, 2007
Zombie's morally dubious earlier films showcased fun-loving, homicidal anti-heroes; but there's nothing jokey or campy about his approach to Myers, whose long hair and mask obsession suggest he may be a worst-case-scenario incarnation of Zombie himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
September 7, 2007
This story has been told at least four times too many already!
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 7, 2007
Chokes the life out of a classic--and then runs it hard into the business end of a butcher knife.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
September 5, 2007
...blood-spilling banality...the sensationalism behind Zombie's directorial demeanor is merely a follow-the-dots frightfest with an exaggerated twitching disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 5, 2007
It's a decent diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 5, 2007
I won't make the case that Halloween is anything other than a well-crafted slasher film. That's all it wants to be, and that's what it achieves. But I will say that the movie does the horror genre a big favor by reclaiming a legendary character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 5, 2007
Halloween manages to combine the weaknesses of both of Zombie's previous movies, while rarely tapping into the strengths of either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com
September 4, 2007
A lot of modern horror has become more synonymous with horrifying rather than terrifying, the chief difference being the latter also provokes feelings of psychological unease.
Top Critic
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
September 4, 2007
Contains dialogue so nasty and stupid, you'd swear (right along with the characters) that the booker for Jerry Springer wrote it (Zombie did).
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