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1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling... Just in it's own right., 6 May 2008
This review is from: Halloween: Uncut (Director's Cut Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Already holding great affection for John Carpenter's "Halloween", I knew that Rob Zombie's re-imagining had to be approached with an open and clear mind. This was not a re-make, think of it as a separate entity. And so I did. What was I presented with? One of the worst examples of attempted shock-tactic horror ever witnessed!

I admit that I was geared up for brutality and that suspense would probably be minimised, but to be faced with such weak plotting, obvious "scares" and unoriginal set-pieces was disappointing to say the least.

We know the plot. Young Michael Myers kills his family, wallows in an institution for 15 years and escapes, returning to his home town and more butchery. But Rob Zombie makes such fundamental errors that I am truly surprised that this film can be "enjoyed" by anybody. The first rule of effective horror movie making is to make your victims likeable. The characters here are so loathsome that one roots for them to be dispatched! Even Laurie Strode, our supposed heroine, is irritating to the point where I wished MM would slit her throat, solely to stop her infernal screeching.

The remainder of the characters are (in the majority) either potentially incestuous, bullies, rapists, slobs or slappers. The adult Michael is portrayed as a caricature of the monster he is destined to be, but I have to say that he is possibly the most sympathetic of the lot.

There is nothing to promote this as a decent piece of film-making. It's basically an example of how NOT to make a horror movie, and by the end I admit I was allowing myself to draw those fateful comparisons with the original. Not as a remake. As a demonstration of how two directors can use identical materials and produce such varying degrees of talent (or lack thereof)...
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