Halloween (Two-Disc Unrated Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]

Posted December 16th, 2012 by Halloweenish
Halloween, 7-disc unrated collector's edition (Blue-Ray)

Halloween, 7-disc unrated collector’s edition (Blue-Ray)

Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects), “modern American horror’s most eccentric and surprising filmmaker,” (Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times) reinvents the ultimate slasher classic, unleashing Michael Myers for a bloody rollercoaster of a rampage like fans have never seen.

Including a retelling of the original story that unfolds at a breakneck pace, as well as a chilling new introduction that finally reveals the secrets behind Myers’ disturbing childhood, Halloween breathes new life into one of film history’s most terrifying tales.

“It will leave you speechless” (Spooky Dan, Bloody-Disgusting).

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

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2 Responses to “Halloween (Two-Disc Unrated Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]”

  1. Alexander Stephen Brown

    Considering The original Halloween is a classic and will in my book always receive a five star rating. Recently there has been a great deal of remakes that were flops and catered to the teeny bopper crowd such as, The Fog, The Omen, Dark Water, etc. However there has been only two remakes that I thought were diserving of our attenion, one being the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, and Halloween.What I liked about the remake was it gave us something fresh to work with. In the original Halloween we never really knew why Michael was bad, in this remake, the first thirty minutes or so expore the childhood of Michael Myers. People say that the dialog concerning Michael’s family was wrong. Trust me, I have seen broken homes and Mr. Zombie gives us exactly what you would expect from a trashy family.Besides satisfying my curiosity of Michael’s childhood, I found this to be similar in many cases to the original, but at the same time the material was quite fresh with new chills and scares. Zombie took a masterpiece and reminded us why it is called a masterpiece. He accomplished a great job capturing a 70′s look and theme, and did a great musical score as well. This is possibly the best horror remake that I’ve ever seen.

  2. ThatsMrGrinch2U

    Halloween Remake…A Fresh Look… I don’t know why everyone is bashing this film, but I am a die-hard fan of the Halloween movies and the horror genre, and I thought this movie was a nice remake to the best and original Carpenter film. It’s certainly more entertaining than the crappy sequels that previously came out, and this film sets a more serious and modern harsh reality of what it could be like if this happened today. Carpenter’s original film took place in 1978, so I found it to be a nice homage for Zombie to begin the origins of young Michael Myers in 1978. For the first time, we actually get to see what kind of family and childhood that Michael grew up in, which explains so much to his psychotic condition. As a child, Michael’s facsination with torturing and killing innocent animals presents an accurate profile for such a future serial killer. This film actually has some explanations behind it, which is vacant in all other Halloween films. Zombie’s direction is rough and gritty, but certainly adds to the atmosphere and chilling story — my heart was pounding when young Michael was slaying his sister and her boyfriend. As for Zombie using the same cast as his other films, it’s really no different than what Carpenter did either (How many Carpenter films was Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Charles Cyphers, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis, and Adrienne Barbeau were in? I can count at least 3). I’ve seen the original film about a thousand times, and Zombie’s remake can never replace Carpenter’s classic, but this film is worth the effort and respect. I’m looking forward to the Unrated DVD version, which will have a lot of scenes restored that was cut from the theatrical release.

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