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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Halloween (2007)



October has begun, the most wonderful time of the year. Amazingly, the buzz is all about the Pirates and their amazing 2013 campaign. The playoffs are underway and at this point, the Bucs are leading the Reds in the seventh inning by four runs. Let’s Go Bucs! Even with that, Halloween is right around the corner, and what better to start my countdown with Rob Zombie’s Halloween from 2007.


Plot/ After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger.


While I was a fan of the original Halloween classics from my childhood, I will say that I also enjoyed this interpretation. Yes, it is not the John Carpenter classic, but, there is something about this one that hit home. The way the early years of Michael Myers was developed works, and it would have been interesting to follow that path. Sure, this is not an exact replica and I get why some fans may not like it, and that is fine with me. It is what it is, a Rob Zombie flick, and one that is a lot more in touch with some realities than most want to admit. Being a Zombie flick, there is gore and violence, exactly what you would expect. Sure, there are some dialogue issues, and some things are a bit incoherent, but that is what you should expect. In the end, this was one of the better entries in the Halloween franchise and a lot better than I expected.



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