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Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween’ Films

Posted in 'Halloween' series, Halloween Horror Movie Marathon on November 19, 2014 by Justin T.

Halloween (2007) poster

Halloween (2007) Directed by Rob Zombie. Starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Brad Dourif, Danielle Harris, Kristina Klebe, Nick Mennell, William Forsythe, Dee Wallace, Pat Skipper.

In 2006 Dimension Films founder Bob Weinstein asked musician turned horror director Rob Zombie to helm a remake of the original Halloween, granting him nearly complete control over the entire film: script, music, direction, and production. Before setting out to make the film Zombie contacted John Carpenter, who urged him to go ahead and “make it [his] own.” Having a blessing from one of the great masters of horror, that’s precisely what he did… For better or for worse.

I have mixed feelings about Zombie’s films. House of 1,000 Corpses I found entertaining but forgettable; I may revisit it in the future. The Devil’s Rejects showed that he has a talent for intense, visceral horror that hearkens back to similarly styled films from the seventies. Unfortunately the structure of the film places a group of reprehensible mass murderers, the titular Rejects, into the role of “good guys”. These were killers that, unless I misunderstood something, I was supposed to root for but instead I found so detestable that I cheered for their deaths at the end. I understand that there are times when it is appropriate to root for the villain, particularly when the moral code of the characters is reversed or if the “bad guys” are somehow more honorable than the lawmen that are pursuing them. But there is none of that in Rejects. The Rejects perform horrible, terrible violence upon undeserving people and I hated them. Their fate seems intended to evoke an emotional resonance that I rejected. In spite of all of this, I was drawn towards the intensity and the gritty, throwback style. Not to mention that when a film elicits such an emotional response from me, I grow more fascinated by it no matter what I felt. But now that I’ve gone on enough about Rejects, it’s time to move on to the movie I actually intended to review…

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