Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Halloween (2007)
"Evil Has A Destiny "
Malcolm McDowell Dr. Samuel Loomis
Brad Dourif Sheriff Lee Brackett
Tyler Mane Michael Myers
Daeg Faerch Michael Myers, age 10
Sheri Moon Zombie Deborah Myers
William Forsythe Ronnie White
Richard Lynch Principal Chambers
Udo Kier Morgan Walker
Clint Howard Doctor Koplenson
Danny Trejo Ismael Cruz
Lew Temple Noel Kluggs
Tom Towles Larry Redgrave
Bill Moseley Zach 'Z-Man' Garrett
Leslie Easterbrook Patty Frost
Steve Boyles Stan Payne
Scout Taylor-Compton Laurie Strode
Danielle Harris Annie Brackett
Skyler Gisondo Tommy Doyle
Jenny Gregg Stewart Lindsey Wallace
Hanna Hall Judith Myers
Kristina Klebe Lynda
Adam Weisman Steve
Sydnie Pitzer Baby Boo
Myla Pitzer Baby Boo
Stella Altman Baby Boo (as Lela Altman)
Dee Wallace Cynthia Strode
Max Van Ville Paul
Nick Mennell Bob Simms
Pat Skipper Mason Strode
Daryl Sabara Wesley Rhoades
Richmond Arquette Deputy Charles
Ken Foree Big Joe Grizzly
Paul Kampf Officer Lowery
Sybil Danning Nurse Wynn
Micky Dolenz Derek Allen
Daniel Roebuck Lou Martini
Mel Fair Taylor Madison
Sid Haig Chester Chesterfield
Nikki Taylor Melton Princess #1
Deven Streeton Princess #2
Andreana Weiner Voice Performer (voice)
David Michie Voice Performer (voice)
Paige Pollack Voice Performer (voice)
Jeremy Maxwell Voice Performer (voice)
Barbara Iley Voice Performer (voice)
David Randolph Voice Performer (voice)
Noreen Reardon Voice Performer (voice)
John DeMita Voice Performer (voice)
Nancy Truman Voice Performer (voice)
Daamen J. Krall Voice Performer (voice) (as Daamen Krall)
Producer: Malek Akkad,Andy Gould,Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie,John Carpenter
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 of film.

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.

Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 6.0
Musician: Tyler Bates
Running time: 121 min (unrated version)
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Last modified: 2008-05-07 14:56:01