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Halloween [Blu-ray] [2007] [US Import]

Scout Taylor-Compton , Malcolm McDowell , Rob Zombie    Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Brad Dourif, Daeg Faerch
  • Directors: Rob Zombie
  • Writers: Rob Zombie, Debra Hill, John Carpenter
  • Producers: Andrew G. La Marca, Andy Gould, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



More of a supercharged revamp than a remake, Rob Zombie's take on John Carpenter's Halloween expands the back story of masked killer Michael Myers in an attempt to examine the motivation for his first deadly attack, as well as some reasons for his longevity as a horror icon. Zombie's Myers is a blank-eyed teen (played by Daeg Faerch) whose burgeoning mental problems are left unchecked in a horrific home environment; harassed by schoolmates, a randy sister, and his mother's deadbeat boyfriend (William Forsythe, terrific as usual), Myers' homicidal explosion seems inevitable, and intervention by Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell, who offers a fast-talking, hippiefied version of the Donald Pleasance character) does little to impede his development into a mute, unstoppable killing machine (Tyler Mane) bent on finishing off the only survivor of his family's massacre--his sister, now grown into teenaged Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). Opening up the psychological motivation of a cipher like Michael Myers is an interesting approach, but Zombie's script possesses neither a depth of character nor dialogue to offer more than a clichéd thumbnail character sketch. Zombie's Halloween isn't terribly suspenseful, either; he has a keen eye for visuals and the details of chaotic environments, but his scares are nothing more than brutal showcases for his special effects team. The end result barely surpasses the original film's numerous sequels, though the Who's Who of cult and character actors in the cast (including Zombie regulars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Ken Foree, as well as Brad Dourif, Udo Kier, Clint Howard, Richard Lynch, Danny Trejo, Dee Wallace, and Danielle Harris) adds a touch of late-night monster movie charm. However, the film's best performance belongs to the director's spouse, Sheri Moon Zombie, who brings unexpected pathos to the role of Myers' downtrodden mother.-- Paul Gaita


The early 2000s have seen a string of big-budget remakes of classic horror films. In addition to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes, John Carpenter's benchmark slasher flick Halloween has been given a new-millennial overhaul. At the helm of the project sits rocker Rob Zombie, whose previous films, House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, brought a fan's touch and an auteur's vision to the director's chair. While Zombie's Halloween is faithful to Carpenter's vision, there are some obvious changes, the most pronounced of these being the substantial focus on Michael Myers's childhood. The film posits Michael (played by a creepily vacant Daeg Faerch) as a troubled child made all the worse by a horrible home life--wonderfully illustrated via William Forsythe's performance as Deborah Myers's boyfriend--and constant abuse at school. Zombie paints Michael's pain with palpable grit and sleaze, but he isn't out to put our culture on the couch--he simply wants to show Michael killing his family. With the exception of Michael's therapy sessions while incarcerated, the film, post-massacre, stays loyal to the original.
Zombie's film is clearly the work of a filmmaker who knows and loves the genre. The director's signature is stamped all over Halloween (most notably in the use of grainy home movie footage and a smokin' classic rock soundtrack), although remnants of Carpenter's brilliant original still remain. When it comes to remakes, it's hard to ask for much more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Since the HALLOWEEN reboot received good criticism I decided to give it a try, despite hating every sequel after the first original sequel.
Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES wasn't too bad, I kinda liked THE DEVIL'S REJECTS and the reboot has plenty of great actors, this couldn't be too bad, right?
Compared to Carpenter's original it sucks real bad!
The idea with extending the background story isn't such a bad idea at all. Do I want to sit through an entire hour of it? Hell no! Less would have been more here!
Rob Zombie tries to expalin Michael Myers. Well OK, we get why he's a killer now, the stereotype bad childhood-violent-upbringing-bullied-at-school-syndome. Why is Michael Myers invincible? (crickets chirping). Why only explain PART of it?
The second half is a rehash of the original HALLOWEEN, which would have been OK some 20,000 slashers ago, but it just doesn't cut it anymore.
Laurie, Lynda and Annie and were regular teenagers in the original, in this remake they are just deeply stupid. Scout Taylor-Compton is just a horrible actress.
The rest of the star ensemble, Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, William Forsythe, Richard Lynch, Udo Kier, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris and Dee Wallace, to name a few, can't save this movie either, despite trying hard.
This reboot is a misfire. Stick with the original and the 1981 sequel.
1.0 OUT OF 5.0 STARS


Reviewed version: 2008 Paramount Director's Cut UK DVD
Feature running time: 116 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: English, English for the Hearing Impaired
Chapters: 24
Extras: Commentary, Deleted Scenes & Alternate Ending, 2 Featurettes, Theatrical Trailer
Region: 2

Picture: B-
Audio: B
Extras: B-
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get your grit ooon! 2 Mar 2014
I think we all know by now that there is such a divided opinion on Rob Zombies version of Halloween. Some people loved it others not so much, however I loved it. Yes I am a major fan of the original but Zombie didn't remake the original as such, he has produced a re-imagining and I loved what he did. We start off by seeing young Michael in a little less than a dysfunctional family (that is an understatement) Despite the constant verbal abuse from his stepfather his mother is still extremely loving and gentle and we get to see a completely different side to Mrs Zombie after the crazy antics of baby! and poor Michael is bullied at school for being 'different'...anyway, its Halloween and yes you guessed it Michael snaps, the young actor playing Michael is really creepy and its this kind of mentality that freaks me out, that a child could just snap like that. The first half of the movie is centred around this and Michaels experience with the sanitarium. We then cut to the second half of the film which is a bit more familiar as Laurie Strode is grown up and her big brother who has escaped wants his sister back!
The film itself is pretty brutal, but I just love the gritty edge that Zombie brings to all of his movies, the guy is a genuine artist and no this film isn't for everyone but if you take it for what it is and what he wanted it to be you are bound to enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Was that the Boogeyman?... 11 Feb 2014
Sixteen years ago, a ten year old boy called Michael Myers brutally kills his step father, his elder sister and her boyfriend.

Present day, and he escapes from the mental institution and makes his way back to his hometown intent on a murderous rampage pursued by Dr Sam Loomis, who is Michael's doctor and the only one who knows Michael's true evil.

Elsewhere a shy teenager by the name of Laurie Strode is babysitting on the night Michael comes home...

Is it pure coincidence that she and her friends are being stalked by him?....

Out of all the remakes that have been made of prolific horror films, this has to be the best of them. Because Bay hasn't touched it, it hasn't been watered down to appease the teen market, and most of all Zombie has made the film his own.

The story is the same, and there are key scenes from the original, and of course the soundtrack, but has Zombie written all over it, and it's as dark as a horror movie as you could wish for.

It's strength and it's weakness though is the opening act. It's good to see Myers as a normal(ish) young boy, and to see a human side, but the original told no one that Myers was Strodes brother, he was just a shape, who killed for no reason.

The cast are great, and Harris and Mcdowell bring some gravitas to the proceedings.

It has some very disturbing moments throughout, and although it's not a patch on the original, it's a masterpiece compared the the turgid sequels.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars oh dear 16 July 2009
for any fans of the original halloween, watching this is going to be a shock to the system. it can be interpreted two ways: if you liked the original because of the haunting atmosphere, the emphasis on 'less is more' in the gore stakes, the fantastic camera angles, the way myers melts from foreground to background to claim another victim, and most importantly the ambiguous motivation for his actions then you're probably not going to like this film. if you are after a decently filmed, another messed up young man goes nuts scenario with excessive violence then you'll like this film. im in the former category. what rob zombie has done is to take myers from being a malevolent force in the background to being the main character, and to do this he has created a back story for the young michael that his dad is dead, his mother is a stripper and his step dad is abusive, his sister is loose, he gets bullied at school etc. for me this basically ruins myters mystique which is why he's so frightening, and it also makes us care less about the characters he's maiming. make up your own mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great quality thank you
Published 5 days ago by swolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Be open minded and don't compare. It's a great re-telling.
If you love the original, as I do, then don't look on this film as a remake. You will be disappointed. It's a re-imagining of the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars KIDS
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Rw Boyle
1.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Movie Remake Gone Wrong!
I have always been a huge Halloween fan. Halloween was one of the first horror movies I watched growing up. The original movie is a classic in every way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Becky
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY POOR TOO MUCH BACK STORY
The best thing about this remake is the original music that pops up now and again
There is far too much back story trying to show why Michael became evil
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Published 6 months ago by Vlad the emailer
5.0 out of 5 stars help
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Published 8 months ago by taylor666
1.0 out of 5 stars different movie same zombie
Rob zombies Halloween is the worst movie along with H2 i've seen in years,there is no suspense no likable characters and the worst. script writing ever. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sajaad Ahmed Najeeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Halloween
Great movie by rob zombie!! . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Published 9 months ago by Jarand Barkved
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the orignal you'll love this
Rob zombie has done this movie proud the first hour or so of the film i just love. I like the way he shows micheal's family life before he kills his sister, her boyfriend and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by rachel25
5.0 out of 5 stars great
better story, acting and direction this was improved a lot from the original because it had more good things about it.
Published 11 months ago by kob5674
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