There are some films, that to attempt to remake, to reinvisage is just a total bad idea. Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake was a great success. As was Hills have Eyes. But Halloween? Halloween is the primary force when it comes to slasher films. It’s the ultimate. Number one. Top of the list by a long shot. Carpenter got it right (He’s only got it right on a hand full of occasions over his vast career) although, am I right in thinking or reminising that the Italians had a few stalk n slashers under their belt pre Halloween?
So, Rob Zombie steps up the mark, or is that guillotine? Am I gonna sound biased if I said this was about as good as it gets? What if I questioned the remake actually being superior to the original? It’s not superior, but it is bloody good and realistically, is a very different movie and offers a totally different feel.
The plot, for those unfamiliar with Halloween. Mike Myers has a bad upbringing. As a kid, he slaughers his family leaving a single survivor. He’s locked up and many years later, escapes to slaghter many teenagers and hunt down his sister to finish what he started. He’s the essence of evil, can’t be hurt, keep coming after several bullets to the chest, and asically cannot die (This is the original plot) So the remake comes along. We have a similar plot. Although this time around, we get an enlightening look in to the Myer’s household. It’s grim. We find Mike killing his pet rat which is nasty, but after the treatment he’s getting, I find myself totally on his side after every murder; nearly cheering in fact. He’s still a bit invincible too, but doesn’t seem to have the same total devil evilness about him, and actually seems to have reason, thought and some heart tucked away under that mask. (One of many which he makes whilst in prison).
It’ve a very different movie And it’s better because of the fact. It doesn’t try to update for a new generation, opting to take a different view of the reasons for the actions of the killer.
For me, this film works a treat. It’s not better than Carpenter’s, it’s different. To compare, I could say that MM doesn’t have the same intense screen presence that the 70’s version has. He was terrifying every time he appeared in a doorway, or across a road. Menacing, and bloody deadly. RZ’s MM is just a huge monster of a man who can punch his hand through a house and break a body in half with his bare fist, but no real creepy boogyman feeling, just menacing brute force, which works better for Zombies version.
The cast is awesome. Brad Dourif, Malcolm McDowell, Udo Kier, Sid Haig and Sheri Moon is once again stunning in the role of Myers mother. Daeg Faerch, who plays the young Mike Myers steals the show though. Real conviction, real presence; a cracking young actor.
The film works and it’s a tribute to Zombie once again for his love of the genre, the history and honour to attempt to remake this movie. It’s a fine movie which leaves the original in tact and offers an alternative rather than a replacement.