A few years back, before hearing about the Halloween remake, I was asked to review the 1978 Halloween, the original John Carpenter classic. I jumped at the chance. To my mind, the original Halloween remains an indie genre film done remakarbly well; so well, it spawned decades of horror films — most were crap — and series of horror films. Halloween was the ultimate meeting of the end of 70s indie and the beginning of 80s slasher movies.
Now, Rob Zombie has written and directed another version, part remake / part prequel. In just a few years, Zombie’s infused a little sicky twist on the horror category, most notably with The Devil’s Rejects and the wild Werewolf Women of the S.S. trailer for Grindhouse. Needless to say, I’m curious to see how this one turns out.
THE CAST: Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Loomis; newcomer Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode (Zombie wanted an unknown actress to lend believability)
THE STORY: Zombie revealed that the first half-hour develops young Michael Myers’ childhood character, leading then to the plot you’re familiar with: An escaped Myers returns to his hometown to commit a series of silent murders.
THE RELEASE DATE: Friday, August 31 (Dimension and MGM didn’t want to wait until Halloween?)
In an interview, Zombie said there are two kinds of people: those that hate the Halloween movies and those obsessed by them. (I think the original’s great but it really stops there.)
ORIGINAL HALLOWEEN TRAILER (1978)
Some fun facts on this new version:
:: Danielle Harris, playing the role of Annie, appeared in Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 as a pre-teen.
:: The cast includes Zombie favorites Bill Moseley and Sid Haig, as well as horror mainstay Udo Kier.
:: Adrienne Barbeau (!), Carpenter’s ex-wife and star of the original The Fog, also plays a supporting role.
QUESTION: A “new” Halloween… an excellent idea or blasphemy?