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So I was bold and ordered HALLOWEEN 1 (remake) and 2 together. I did enjoy some of Zombie's previous movies, so why not give his HALLOWEEN reboot a chance?
It turned out to be a complete waste of time and money.
Every remake has to stand up to the original and in this case the remake is just abysmal
- Zombie pumps his remake full with fancy dream sequences and pseudo-psychology, while the original is a straight-forward slasher set almost entirely in the hospital, taking place right after the events of HALLOWEEN 1.
- H2 (1981) was genuinely suspenseful, atmospheric and highly entertaining, H2 (2009) is repetitive, slow-paced and incredibly boring. It fails to stay on track and keeps drifting off in truly annoying dream sequences. Any bit of suspense is killed off by frequently drifting off into the dream world.
- I don't like what they did with the Loomis character in Zombie's H2. Loomis is a real prick. In 1981's H2 his only goal was to stop Myers, in the remake he wants to cash in
on the Myers murders. Most of the movie he spends promoting his book. I don't blame Malcolm McDowell (he does a good job as usual) - it's the script, that totally re-wrote his character.
- Needless to say Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode is far superior to Scout Taylor-Compton's (she still can't act!). The remake's H2's Laurie is just the dumbest movie hero ever in a movie. Utterly Braindead. I just wished they'd killed her off in the first minute.
- Kill scenes in H2 (1981) are pretty well done and vary. The remake's kills are repetitive and poorly executed. They are shot too quickly to even see what is going on.
HALLOWEEN 2 (2009) is so bad, that even Halloween 3-6 and Resurrection look great in comparison.
Even if you don't compare the remake Part II to the original it still is a very bad movie.
I couldn't wait until the end credits, but this movie goes on forever and ever with a seemingly endless and lame finale. If I were Carpenter I'd sue Zombie for this!

RATING: 1 / 10


Reviewed version: 2010 Entertainment In Video UK DVD
Feature running time: 102 mins. (Theatrical cut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9 (anamorphic)
Audio: English 5.1, English 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH
Chapters: 12
Extras: Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, Music Videos.
Region: 2

Picture: B-
Audio: B-
Extras: D

HALLOWEEN I (2007) was released in the UK by Paramount. They at least gace us the Director's Cut. EIV doesn't deem it necessary to release the Director's Cut of Part II, instead providing only the Theatrical cut of the film.
The Director's Cut doesn't include more gore and it doesn't make the movie any better however.
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2014 22:16:37 BDT
rbmusicman says:
Very few re-makes measure up in truth.
You'll get no argument from me.

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 22:24:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2014 22:26:56 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
I did try to prepare you my friend I told you this was bad didn't I, Stick to Halloween, Halloween 2 (1981) & Halloween H20 my friend.

Nothing makes sense the kills are to fast like as if Zombies gone all Michael Bay & can't keep the camera still.

Did you notice Danielle Harris was in these two remakes she played young Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4 & 5 & recently been in Hatchet 2 & 3.

I seen this at the cinema & came out of seeing it like Ozzy Osbourne dazed & very confused.

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 23:23:27 BDT
Caligula II. says:
Yeah this one sucked balls. Sure, Danielle Harris was the only good thing in the movie, what a doll.
Haven't seen H20 in a while. I do love me some Jodi Lyn...

Check out the Dr. Giggles review if y'all like Larry Drake.
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