31 October 2011

Episode 11, Part 2: Halloween (2007)

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2 comments:

JD DeMotte said...

I watched both of these films back to back about a year or so ago. It was my first time with both, and I was surprised at how effective Carpenter's Halloween was. It was simple, and made the most of its limited budget. Michael was an enigma, and he did what he did and the whys are left to the viewer.

That said I think Zombie's Halloween isn't terrible, and really the first half is quite good. I liked this twisted story of a young boy caught in a whirlpool as he spirals more and more away from innocence and sinks and loses himself into the void. It's not perfect, and yeah Zombie over does the white-trash asthetic way too much, but it works mostly. It's not a very good Halloween film, but on its own it stands up pretty good. The problem is the second half, which does try to be more of a Halloween film and instead just comes off as warmed up leftovers. There's some nice bits here and there, but it ultimately felt like a retread of your standard slasher film. Again, not terrible, but if Zombie wanted this to be a true reimagining he should have kept with the first half and just told a new story and really broke new ground or better yet just made this an orignal property and shaved off all the Halloween bits. We might have gotten something really great, instead we got something ok.

Still, Zombie's Halloween is better than most of recent batch of Platinum Dunes remakes.

Angie Tusa said...

I think we're all in agreement on this film - there are things I like and other things that really bug me. The overdone white trash, the completely pointless rape scene, the overly long kills. Danny Trejo's death really bugged me because I couldn't understand why he was bleeding from the mouth just because he was being drowned.

I appreciate the fact that he decided to do a new take on the character, and I think his attempts to make us pity Michael and then have Michael betray us by being so evil work really well at inciting emotion in the viewer. The only problem I have is that you spend so much time trying to explain why he is how he is.. but yet no explanation as to why he can't die. If he's just a kid from a broken home with a psychological disorder, there shouldn't be supernatural elements to it. Unless, of course, you want sequels for cash purposes. :P