Film review: Halloween (2007)

As somewhat of a horror movie aficionado, I’m slightly ashamed to admit that prior to a couple of days ago, I had never seen Halloween. I still have to watch the original, as the one I just watched was the 2007 version, but these things take time.

Halloween (2007) was written, produced and directed by Rob Zombie, and is a remake of the 1978 version. Starring Tyler Mane as Michael Myers, Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Sam Loomis, Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode, and Daeg Faerch as ten-year-old Myers in the beginning scenes, the plot depicts the rather depressing story of Myers and how, in my opinion, his terrible childhood and homelife prompted his maniacal and barbaric killings. Apparently, in the 1978 film, it was never divulged as to why Myers is so violent, however, in this version, Zombie attempts to explore the reasoning behind his need for murder.

Zombie crafted the film as a sort of prequel to the original film, hence the opening scenes featuring Myers as a ten-year-old boy, and despite receiving rather crappy reviews, the movie grossed $80.3 million worldwide and cost $15 million to produce. The film begins with indications of Myers’ hunger for hurting others and ultimately progresses to him murdering his alcoholic father, his sister and her boyfriend on Halloween night. From there he is admitted to a psychiatric institution, only to escape and return to his childhood home to find his estranged sister and reconnect with her.

Spoiler alert: the reconnection does not happen.

Overall, I thought the film was decent. The acting was ok, and although Myers literally doesn’t utter a word once he enters his adult life, he is very creepy in the role. It’s pretty gory, but the story is far more complex and intricate than I initially perceived it to be.

I definitely want to watch the original, though, to compare.

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