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Halloween (Unrated Two-Disc Special Edition)

I really enjoyed the backstory of Michael as a child. It added the depth of character missing from the original. The overall grittiness and tone of the action scenes really made this a treat to watch. However, the one gripe I have is that Amazon streams the uncut version, rather than the theatrical release. This means we are treated to a horribly conceived rape scene that leads to Michael’s escape, rather than the more plausible explanation offered in the theatrical release. One can only tolerate so much depravity before the line is pushed too far. The horrible acting in addition to the pure stupidity of this one scene easily drops a 5 star remake down to a 3 for me. Check it out!

Product Description From acclaimed musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie comes an entirely new take on the highly successful and terrifying Halloween legacy, which began in 1978. While revealing a new chapter in the established Michael Myers saga, the film will surprise both classic and modern horror fans with a departure from prior films in the Halloween franchise. Audiences should brace themselves for unprecedented fear as Zombie turns back time to uncover the making of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed child named Michael Myers. (MGM) Amazon.com More of a supercharged revamp than a remake, Rob Zombie’s take on John Carpenter’s Halloween expands the back story of masked killer Michael Myers in an attempt to examine the motivation for his first deadly attack, as well as some reasons for his longevity as a horror icon. Zombie’s Myers is a blank-eyed teen (played by Daeg Faerch) whose burgeoning mental problems are left unchecked in a horrific home environment; harassed by schoolmates, a randy sister, and his mother’s deadbeat boyfriend (William Forsythe, terrific as usual), Myers’ homicidal explosion seems inevitable, and intervention by Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell, who offers a fast-talking, hippiefied version of the Donald Pleasance character) does little to impede his development into a mute, unstoppable killing machine (Tyler Mane) bent on finishing off the only survivor of his family’s massacre–his sister, now grown into teenaged Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). Opening up the psychological motivation of a cipher like Michael Myers is an interesting approach, but Zombie’s script possesses neither a depth of character nor dialogue to offer more than a clichéd thumbnail character sketch, and devoting over a hour of the unrated cut’s 120-minute-plus running time to this history feels bloated and self-indulgent (especially when compared to the lean efficiency of the Carpenter original). Zombie’s Halloween isn’t terribly suspenseful, either; he has a keen eye for visuals and the details of chaotic environments, but his scares are nothing more than brutal showcases for his special effects team. The end result barely surpasses the original film’s numerous sequels, though the Who’s Who of cult and character actors in the cast (including Zombie regulars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Ken Foree, as well as Brad Dourif, Udo Kier, Clint Howard, Richard Lynch, Danny Trejo, Dee Wallace, and Danielle Harris) adds a touch of late-night monster movie charm. However, the film’s best performance belongs to the director’s spouse, Sheri Moon Zombie, who brings unexpected pathos to the role of Myers’ downtrodden mother. The two-disc Unrated Director’s Cut offers a full disc’s worth of extras that should please Zombie fans; chief among the supplemental features is his commentary, which details the film’s shooting history and the numerous edits required to deliver the theatrical version. A making-of featurette offers further details of Zombie’s vision for the film, and there are featurettes on his cast choices and the many masks that Myers makes while incarcerated. Seventeen deleted scenes (two of which feature Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Towles) and an alternate ending (all with Zombie’s commentary) are also provided, as well as footage from the casting sessions. A blooper reel, which is highlighted by unchecked mischief by McDowell and Dourif, offers the set’s sole moment of levity. — Paul Gaita


Halloween (Unrated Two-Disc Special Edition) Review

A lot of people disliked this film simply because it was a reboot of an iconic film. I thoroughly enjoyed Zombie’s reimagining of this classic story. The increased attention to the origins of Michael added a dimension I felt was lacking in the original. He took a slightly different approach to the character of Michael as well as Dr Loomis. It changed the flavor of the film but still kept the basic premise of the movie intact. If you are one who feels that the original film should be inviolate then you won’t like this movie. If you enjoy a different take on a classic then this one is for you. -Read Reviews-

Rob Zombies Halloween is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen! His character development of Michaels evolution into madness was more terrifying than anything I’ve ever seen. Incredible acting performance by the young male playing a young Michael Myers! I can honestly say this remake was better than the original!

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