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Halloween Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2007
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.
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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
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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 5, 2007
It's a decent diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 4, 2007
Trick or treat? Rob Zombie's "re-imagining" of John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween must sadly be consigned to the former category and it's not even a very interesting, suspenseful trick at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 4, 2007
Rob Zombie's Halloween remake isn't scary, which is really all you need to know about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 4, 2007
Revamping the influential 1978 shocker Halloween for a new generation of viewers, director Rob Zombie offers a film with more sex, more violence, no humor and zero scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
September 4, 2007
The new Halloween has sympathy for the Devil, but not enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 4, 2007
Rob Zombie's lousy remake of John Carpenter's 1978 slasher classic Halloween adds to the argument that horror movies are losing their box-office appeal because filmmakers no longer know how -- or have any desire -- to create genuine suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
September 4, 2007
The most depressing thing of all is that Michael will likely survive even this dire endeavour.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 4, 2007
The set-up is tediously slow, while the later murders are packed so tightly it's like watching a blender on high speed.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
September 4, 2007
As a sensory experience, the redo is flat. Even if giving audiences a start were Zombie's strength, fans already know when the scares are coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 1, 2007
Even if you consider a Halloween remake sacrilege, you've got to like a truck stop bathroom that's even gnarlier than the one in Trainspotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
August 31, 2007
The life and times of a fictional monster may not be as respectable a subject as a historical monster like, say, Idi Amin or Truman Capote, but Zombie's portrait is every bit as reverent, scrupulous, and deeply felt as any Oscar-grubbing horrorshow.
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 31, 2007
Michael Myers is back. And no, you still shouldn't care.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 31, 2007
Carpenter's original, a series of brilliant joy-buzzer jolts, treated the horror as a dark pop joke, courting our giggling disbelief. Zombie turns it somber.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 31, 2007
With Halloween out of his system, maybe Zombie will get back to what he does best: fashioning semi-original ideas that borrow from earlier movies while avoiding outright remakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 30, 2007
Although it's not saying much, this is director Rob Zombie's most impressive outing behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
August 27, 2007
The best that can be said about Rob Zombie's Halloween remake is that he makes it his own, though the considerable alterations only flatter John Carpenter's 1978 slasher-pic template.