Rated R 93 minutes 1978

All things considered, director Rob Zombie’s “re-imagining” of the John Carpenter classic isn’t all that bad. He decides to tell the origin story of Michael Myers, making Myers an explainable serial killer rather than some random demonic entity. The first half of the movie shows Michael as a boy, killing rats and classmates. The second half jams a remake of the original’s Halloween-night massacre into too-little time. Zombie gets it right with the look of Myers. (The mask looks great!) However, the last chunk of the movie feels like a preview rather than a film. Too bad, because this actually qualifies as the best Halloween movie since the original, flaws and all. While it’s a mixed bag, it’s nice to see somebody try to do something a different with the horror icon. Myers has been wandering around listlessly in crappy sequels for too many years. Hopefully, Zombie will get the chance to flesh out his film a little more with its DVD release. He needs take a little more time with the finale.

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Official Site: www.halloweenmovies.com

Director: David Gordon Green

Writer: Debra Hill and John Carpenter

Producer: Moustapha Akkad, John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Kool Lusby and Irwin Yablans

Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews and Arthur Malet


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