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A prequel and a remake in one,
This review is from: Halloween: Uncut (Director's Cut Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Rob Zombie's 'Halloween' re-tells the classic story of the evil psychopath Michael Myers. This version of the film is in two halves really, the first goes into deeper depth than the original and looks into the childhood of Michael where you see more of his troubled background at home and being bullied at school and also shows how he changes over the years when staying in the prison institution after murdering his family. The second half is where the real remake of the original kicks in where Michael revisits Haddonfield to find his younger sister, Laurie, killing whoever gets in his way in the process.
At the moment horror remakes are very much a Hollywood trend with the likes of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Fog, The Ring, The Omen, The Hitcher, Dawn of the Dead, amongst dozens of others that have hit the box offices over the past few years. A majority of them are fairly pointless as the originals were so good anyway and in a lot of cases, the remakes are pretty rubbish. Halloween has always been amongst my favourite horror films of all time and I cringed at the thought of Rob Zombie destroying it, as I really didn't like The Devils Rejects (waaay too sick for my liking), but gave it the benefit of the doubt and gave it a watch and was very, very surprised at how good his version actually is. Rather than just taking the classic scenes and refilming them, he has completely reworked the whole film, added a lot more content and storyline (something that is very rare in remakes) and the outcome is a fresh addition to the long-running series that gives a much darker and more realistic angle on the Myers character.
There's not a lot to complain about with this version, really other than the constant swearing which got on my nerves a little after a while. The film is very gory indeed and some of the brutal death scenes can get a little bit too gruesome. However this is an Uncut version with an 18 certifcate, so it is expected really. All the characters from the original are there and the acting from the whole cast is very impressive. The sets in Haddonfield all look pretty much the same as the original too which is great.
Overall this is probably the best horror remake I've seen (as well as the impressive Texas Chainsaw and Dawn of the Dead remakes) and I think instead of it feeling just like a modern revamp of the old version, it has added to the orignal and compliments it quite well by adding all of the additional storyline into Michael's life that was pretty vague in the original. I highly recommend this film if you can stomach the high quantity of blood and gore although I would perhaps watch the original first to fully appreciate how well this remake has been done.