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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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Three ‘Halloween’ Films: ‘The Curse of Michael Myers’, ‘H20’, and ‘Resurrection’

Posted in 'Halloween' series on October 31, 2014 by Justin T.

'Halloween: The Cures of Michael Myers' poster

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Directed by Joe Chappelle. Starring Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Donald Pleasance, Mitchell Ryan, Devin Gardner, George P. Wilbur, J. C. Brandy, Susan Swift, Janice Knickerehm.

It’s six years later and we learn that poor Jamie (J. C. Brandy this time, since the studio didn’t feel like paying Danielle more than scale for a week’s worth of shooting) is a captive of the mysterious cult that broke Michael free from jail. After giving birth to a boy, Jamie is guided to freedom by a sympathetic nurse. Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) kills the nurse and chases Jamie down, brutally killing her on some farm equipment. But during the chase beforehand she managed to hide the baby in a bus station bathroom where it would later be found by Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd). You might remember Tommy as the boy Laurie Strode babysat during the first Hallowen film. As a result of his experiences Tommy is obsessed with the idea of killing Michael. And with the help of his neighbor, and cousin to the deceased Laurie Strode, Kara Strode (Marianne Hagan) he may just get his chance.

Apparently with the box office failure of Halloween 5, they held off on starting the next film in spite of its quasi-cliffhanger ending. Who is the man in black who broke Michael Myers free from the police station, blowing it up in the process? What was to become of poor little Jamie?

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Halloween 4 and 5: the Return and the Revenge of Michael Myers

Posted in 'Halloween' series, Slasher on October 27, 2014 by Justin T.

I’m making my way through these Halloween films one at a time. Halfway there and only a few days to get them done by Halloween!

'Halloween 4' poster

Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) Directed by Dwight H. Little. Starring Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Donald Pleasance, George P. Wilbur, Sasha Jenson, Michael Pataki, Beau Starr.

It’s been ten years since the end of the events in Halloween II. Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) and Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) have survived the explosion and subsequent fire at the hospital. Laurie Strode, on the other hand, did Myers a favor by later dying in a car wreck, thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis’s lack of interest in starring in another Halloween film. But lucky for us Laurie left behind a daughter, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), who lives in Haddonfield with a foster family. When Michael overhears of her existence during a transfer to another hospital, he escapes and is off to continue severing his family ties. Dr. Loomis learns of Michael’s escape and rushes to save the residents of Haddonfield. Meanwhile, teenager Rachel Carruthers (Ellie Cornell) is bummed that she’ll miss a date with her boyfriend because she has to babysit her foster sister. But things are about to get a lot more dangerous for both girls now that Michael Myers is back in town.

If you watched the end of Halloween II and thought, “Yep. That dude Michael Myers is dead. He’s burnt to a crisp and he ain’t comin’ back,” then you were wrong, and you’ve probably never seen a slasher move before either. After the failure of Halloween III, with frantic fans clutching their hair and screaming out “Where is Michael???”, producer Moustapha Akkad brought The Shape back from the dead for yet another trip to Haddonfield.

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