The 2007 Rob Zombie re-imagining of the John Carpenter classic is something we’d managed to over-look in the 8 years since it’s release. I say it’s a re-imagining as opposed to a re-telling as it does come at things from a slightly different angle.
We are confronted with a film with three main phases. There is the phase where Myers is a child dealing with abuse in the family home, then we progress to phase two where Dr Loomis is trying to help Myers whilst he undergoes psychiatric care in a mental hospital. The third and final phase deals with Myers’ eventual escape from the hospital and the hunt for his “victim”.
In true Rob Zombie style there is an abundance of grindhouse imagery, female nudity, go-go dancing and out and out violent language. Whilst the film itself wasn’t particularly scary or suspenseful, I did find it a little uncomfortable at times. This was more in part to Zombie’s self indulgent filming style than any particular aspect of the plot. Whilst this style suited House of 1000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects, it didn’t seem a fitting homage to the Carpenter original.
I can’t really find anything to recommend this movie, whilst the story was an interesting take on the Michael Myers mythology, I found the filming style to detract from my enjoyment. Lovers of the original probably won’t like it, and lovers of Rob Zombie have probably already seen it and made up their own mind. I’ll probably dig out the sequel but I won’t be re-visiting this one at any point.