1 hour, 49 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for strong bloody violence, sexual content, nudity & language
2 Disc DVD Features:
Disc One:; Feature commentary by writer/director Rob Zombie
Disc Two:; Alternate ending; Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; Bloopers; The many masks of Michael Myers; Re-imagining Halloween; Meet the cast; Casting sessions; Laurie Strode screen test; Theatrical trailer.
Malcolm McDowell ... Dr. Samuel Loomis
Brad Dourif ... Sheriff Lee Brackett
Tyler Mane ... Michael Myers
Daeg Faerch ... Michael Myers, age 10
Sheri Moon Zombie ... Deborah Myers
William Forsythe ... Ronnie White
Richard Lynch ... Principal Chambers
Udo Kier ... Morgan Walker
Clint Howard ... Doctor Koplenson
The movie based on John Carpenter's 1978 classic is is broken up into three short films. The first, taking place when the ten-year-old Michael is becoming insane and goes on a killing spree that claims the lives of four people, including his verbally abusive stepfather Ronnie (William Forsythe "City by the Sea") and his slutty teenage sister Judith (Hanna Hall "Forrest Gump"). Surviving the ordeal is Michael's caring stripper mother Deborah (Sheri Moon Zombie "Grindhouse") and his baby sister Laurie.
The second part of the story moves to Smith's Grove Sanitarium, where psychologist Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell "A Clockwork Orange") tries to care for Michael even as he witnesses his young patient little by little slipping into insanity and into a veil of darkness.
Flashing forward fifteen years, we meet a grown and silent Michael (Tyler Mane "Troy") as he escapes the hospital following a brutal bloodbath and returns to his hometown in the third story. His central motive would appear to be tracking down his little sister, an adopted and now-17-year-old Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton "Wicked Little Things"), although it is never explained how he knows where Laurie could possibly be or what she might look like. Michael stalks through the quiet town of Haddonfield looking for Laurie and her best friends Annie (Danielle Harris "Poor White Trash") and Lynda (Kristina Klebe "She Hate Me"). Meanwhile, Dr. Loomis knows all too well the danger about to befall the town and goes about trying to track Michael down with the help of Annie's dad, Sheriff Brackett (Brad Dourif "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King").
The film, directed by Rob Zombie ("House of 1000 Corpses"), is superior to the awful 7th sequel "Halloween: Resurrection," but it is shockingly worse than all six of the earlier sequels. The opening thirty minutes sports some style and nerve-jangling tension, culminating in the first of several murdering sprees. Ratcheting up a palpable level of terror, Daeg Faerch (Freakshow"), makes an auspicious feature-film debut as the ten-year-old disturbed Michael Myers. He perfectly depicts his character's slide into madness, and Sheri Moon Zombie (wife of director Rob) is touching in her scenes as Michael's worried mom Deborah.
But in this remake, we're catapulted through events which are quite familiar if you remember the original, but it never stops long enough to develop any of the new characters or make you care at all about what becomes of them. One character's head is smashed in and his eyes are gouged out, and in the next shot there isn't a speck of blood to be seen.
One of the joys of the 1978 version was in the way average teens Laurie, Annie and Lynda were seen going naturally about their daily lives with a monster lurking right under their noses. Sometimes he would unpredictably show up in the background of shots, sometimes he wouldn't, and the frights came from the audience knowing that the masked Michael Myers could be hiding around any corner anytime. In this new version, Michael abruptly shows up and wastes no time in dispatching his victims. Suspense and fright are nonexistent, and coupled with a total disregard for pacing, the film suddenly is nothing more than one death scene after another, as several of the victims are attacked for no reason whatsoever. All the teens are written as snotty and annoying and therefore you have little sympathy for any of them. This is the fatal flaw from which this new "Halloween" never recovers.