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.



Total Count: 115


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User Ratings: 360,776
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"Halloween" is an entirely new take on the highly successful film and terrifying legacy that began in 1978. While revealing a new chapter in the established Michael Myers saga, the film will surprise both classic and modern horror fans with a departure from prior films in the "Halloween" franchise. Audiences should brace themselves for unprecedented fear as "Halloween" turns back time to uncover the making of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed child named Michael Myers.

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Malcolm McDowell
as Dr. Samuel Loomis
Brad Dourif
as Sheriff Lee Brackett
Tyler Mane
as Michael Myers
William Forsythe
as Ronnie White
Udo Kier
as Morgan Walker
Daeg Faerch
as Michael Myers--Age 10
Sheri Moon Zombie
as Deborah Myers
Hanna R. Hall
as Judith Myers
Richard Lynch
as Principal Chambers
Clint Howard
as Dr. Koplenson
Danny Trejo
as Ismael Cruz
Lew Temple
as Noel Kluggs
Tom Towles
as Larry Redgrave
Bill Moseley
as Zach `Z-Man' Garrett
Leslie Easterbrook
as Patty Frost
Scout Taylor-Compton
as Laurie Strode
Adrienne Barbeau
as Barbara Florentine
Danielle Harris
as Annie Brackett
Skyler Gisondo
as Tommy Doyal
Dee Wallace
as Cynthia Strode
Jenny Gregg Stewart
as Lindsey Wallace
Courtney Gains
as Kendall Jacks
Hanna Hall
as Judith Myers
Nick Mennell
as Bob Simms
Pat Skipper
as Mason Strode
Daryl Sabara
as Wesley Rhoades
Richard Arquette
as Deputy Charles
Ken Foree
as Big Joe Grizzley
Paul Kampf
as Officer Lowery
Ezra Buzzington
as Grant Clark
Nikki Taylor Melton
as Princess No. 1
Deven Streeton
as Princess No. 2
Sybil Danning
as Nurse Wynn
Micky Dolenz
as Derek Allen
Daniel Roebuck
as Lou Martini
Mel Fair
as Taylor Madison
Sid Haig
as Chester Chesterfield
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Critic Reviews for Halloween

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (84)

  • 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.

    Dec 12, 2007
  • 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.

    Nov 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 2, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    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.

    Sep 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The Batman Begins of slasher movies, and one of the more frightening stabathons of recent years.

    Sep 12, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a decent diversion.

    Sep 5, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Halloween

  • Oct 28, 2018
    Not so much a remake of Carpenter's classic as it is a counterpoint to it. Where Carpenter's film is sparse on running time, character development, and gore Zombie's version is a lengthy examination of Michael Myers psyche that lingers on its extreme violence. In any case the main reason to watch this is for the sequel.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2016
    A interesting but bad take on this iconic horror villain. As the concept seems fresh at first it begins to get worse and worse by edging closer to the end of the film. The not needed Micheal Myers throwback really butchered this film for me along with the over usage of violence and gore over story and suspense which the original did so well. Should've place a little higher maybe a 33% on RT but this is just bland attempt to grab some cash while destroying an iconic antagonist along the way.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    The remake digs much farther into Michael Myers's past/childhood with a large portion of the film explaining how he became the way he did. This gave a larger depth to the character in showing his motivations. Zombie did a good job writing this remake which had the spirit of the first film but still stood well enough on its own.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2016
    We could all live without seeing Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween, although this isn't a bad film. It's just that there was no need to see the story told again. What this film does add, however, is the backstory to Michael Myers. In the original 1978 film Halloween, Dr. Loomis (played by Donald Pleasance) alludes to the evil he saw in Michael Myers when he was a boy. He alludes to the way in which Myers went silent one day and then never talked for years and years. In the remake here you get to see it. I don't think the film really benefits to tell the origin story, although I don't made that they made a remake. Just not my cup of tea. And for the record I don't doubt that Rob Zombie is a huge Halloween fan. It's just beside the point, as far as I am concerned.
    Billie P Super Reviewer

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