Moustapha must be rolling in his grave.
How sad that a classic, seminal horror film could be this maligned in a
remake. Zombie is living proof that just because someone is a "fan" of
a certain type of film it doesn't mean that they should MAKE that type
Zonbie proves with this film he is a one note director: vulgarity,
nudity, violence and profanity are his subject matter, while likable
characters, character development and any amount of suspense are
jettisoned so he can move on to the next expletive, breast, or bloody
body as quickly as possible. There isn't a character in the film who
doesn't make sexual references or swear. Even Tommy, (the little boy
who the Laurie Stode character babysits) mentions that Lyndsey, his
schoolfriend, "smells like her". Who wants to sit through two hours of
such sad repellent characters?
Carpenter's original, a simple, straight-ahead suspense film had little
blood and intense suspense driven partly by the fact that the Boogeyman
of the film WASN'T jumping out of the shadows every two seconds. In
fact, part of what made the original so scary was the fact that Michael
often did NOT appear at times when one was sure he would jump out. In
this version, one could set one's watch by how often Michael comes
creeping out of the darkness, usually in the exact same set up for
every kill: victim in the foreground and Michael walking up in the
background. Again and again. Repetitive and dull.
Zonbie could have made a depressing study of a troubled little boy and
his psychiatrist and never called it "Halloween" and come out of this
debacle with reputation more intact. But when the focus suddenly and
awkwardly shifts to the Strode character and we see the events of the
original condensed into about 30 minutes, its impossible not to judge
the film by the impressive merits of the original. That's when one
realizes Zombie has no true focus or thrust for a storyline and that
his "reimagining" of a classic is an immense failure.
Don't look to this detestable film for even a modicum of suspense and
maybe you won't be disappointed. The biggest "BOO!" in this film should
come from the audience.